GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands — The Iowa basketball team could not overcome a dreadful start and lost to Louisiana-Lafayette at the Cayman Islands Classic. The Hawkeyes trailed 37-17 at halftime and fell 80-71. Iowa coach Fran McCaffery.
Isaiah Moss had a career-high 24 points as the Hawkeyes tried to rally in the second half.
Iowa will face South Dakota State in the consolation semifinals later this morning. Pre-game is at 10 o’clock , with the play-by-play at 11 o’clock on AM-1300 KGLO and kgloam.com
CLEAR LAKE — The high school girls basketball season gets underway for a pair of rated area teams tonight.
== The Clear Lake girls host Charles City in their season opener. The Lions are ranked third in the pre-season 3A rankings after a 21-4 record last year, winning the North Central Conference overall title and qualifying for the 3A state tournament. Clear Lake hosts a Charles City squad that is hoping to bounce back from a 1-20 season last year. You can hear the Clear Lake-Charles City game on AM-1490 & 96.7-FM KRIB, kribam.com and through the iHeartRadio app starting at about 7:30 tonight.
== A pair of rated teams match up tonight in Mason City as the Mohawks host Valley of West Des Moines. Mason City High is ranked eighth in the pre-season Class 4A rankings, led my Megan Meyer, who averaged 18.5 points per game in her sophomore season last year. The Mohawks face a Valley team that was 24-2 last season and is ranked sixth in the Class 5A pre-season rankings. You can hear the Mason City-Valley game on AM-1300 KGLO, kgloam.com and through the iHeartRadio app starting at about 7:30 tonight.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Dwight Howard had 25 points and 20 rebounds, and the Charlotte Hornets defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 118-102. Howard was 8 for 10 from the field and 9 of 14 at the foul line. He outplayed Karl-Anthony Towns, who had 18 points and 12 rebounds as Minnesota lost on back-to-back nights.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – John Moore scored 52 seconds into overtime and the New Jersey Devils overcame a late letdown to cap a successful road trip with a 4-3 win against the Minnesota Wild. Rookie defenseman Will Butcher scored for the second straight game and Cory Schneider stopped 33 shots for New Jersey, which led 3-1 before Minnesota’s Mikael Granlund scored twice in the third period.
AMES — Iowa State coach Matt Campbell says running back David Montgomery will play on Saturday when the Cyclones visit Kansas State. Montgomery suffered a leg injury in a 23-13 win at Baylor. Campbell says he will know more about quarterback Kyle Kempt when the Cyclones return to practice. Kempt missed Saturday’s game with an injured shoulder.
Redshirt freshman Zeb Noland made his first start at Baylor.
Campbell says they have confidence in Noland if he is the starter at K-State.
Iowa State is 7-4 and a key has been limiting mistakes. The Cyclones are the least penalized team in the country and have yet to lose a fumble this season.
Campbell says it is not surprising to see the Wildcats fight through adversity under coach Bill Snyder.
Kickoff on Saturday between Iowa State and Kansas State is scheduled for 2:30.
CLEAR LAKE — Iowa State’s new wrestling coach stopped in north-central Iowa on Monday night to talk to those gathered for the Clear Lake High School wrestling program’s preview night. Kevin Dresser says it’s been a bumpy start to the program so far as they are trying to make a culture shift in the program. Dresser says turning around the program will be a multi-year process and not something that just can be done right away.
Iowa State dropped their opening dual of the season to Drexel 21-16 on November 12th and Dresser says he’s still evaluating his team’s progress.
Dresser says Clear Lake three-time state champion Ryan Leisure will be redshirted this year and will wrestle in a number of events unattached.
Dresser says he’s watched Leisure try to adapt to wrestling at the college level
Iowa State will host Rider University in a non-conference dual on Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock. That dual will be held not at Hilton Coliseum, but at C. Y. Stephens Auditorium, with the mat being on the stage.