CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — Nick Weiler-Babb has thrived for two games at the point for Iowa State. It's no coincidence the Cyclones are winning now, too.
Weiler-Babb had 20 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists Friday to help Iowa State hold off Tulsa 80-78 and reach the championship game of the relocated Puerto Rico Tip-Off.
The Cyclones (2-2) blew most of a 16-point lead in the final 10 minutes but did just enough down the stretch to hang on for a second win in as many days. And it has coincided with coach Steve Prohm tweaking things to give Weiler-Babb more work at the point.
Weiler-Babb had 23 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in Thursday's win against Appalachian State, then played 40 minutes while flirting with the first triple-double in Tip-Off history Friday.
Tulsa (2-2) got as close as 72-71 on Sterling Taplin's layup with 1:12 left, but Jakolby Long answered with a banked-in straightaway basket with 48.6 seconds left to keep Iowa State in front.
Jackson closed the game out by hitting four straight free throws in the final 18 seconds.