Cyclones Still Working on Defense With Season Opener Sunday

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Iowa State Senior Guard Monte Morris talks to reporters Tuesday. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

Iowa State Senior Guard Monte Morris talks to reporters Tuesday. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

AMES, Iowa — The Iowa State men’s basketball team will open their 2016-17 season on Nov. 6 with a game at home against Sioux Falls.

Last Sunday, the Cyclone men faced Nebraska in a closed scrimmage in Ames. At a Tuesday afternoon media availability, head coach Steve Prohm was asked to assess the team at this point.

“Offensively we scored a lot of points, defensively we got a lot of work to do that’s it In a nutshell,” said Prohm. “I thought that we would be maybe a little bit better at times, but it’s stuff that you know you can correct.”

Prom said he did a lot of lineup mixing in the scrimmage. He estimated at least 15 different combinations of players were in the contest.

We need to crack down defensively a little more,” said senior Naz Mitrou-Long. “We got a rebound better, myself, Matt, Monte, there was definitely some good and some bad.”

Senior guard Monte Morris was asked about a rule change which will limit the hand touching of offensive players.

“On the ball, I hope it will affect me big time, guys can’t touch me, but I like touching on defense,” said Morris. “My mom can get out there and go past me if I can’t touch her.”