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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.

“I just have to say guys have been buying into their roles,” Weiler-Babb said, “and coach putting me at the point just opened up a lot of opportunities for Donovan (Jackson) on fast breaks and Lindell (Wigginton) to run the wings.

“We’re just getting a lot of easy buckets out of transition that we didn’t really do the first two games.”

It certainly has unlocked Jackson, who had a bumpy opening two games but has two straight 20-plus scoring outputs here while seeing more time on the wing.

“We talked all summer that these guys have to be great for us every night,” Prohm said. “And they’ve played like that the last two nights down here.”

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.

Junior Etou had 25 points while DaQuan Jeffries added 23 for Tulsa, which shot 65 percent after halftime.

“They made some big shots, banked a shot there late in the game at the end of the shot clock, (Jackson) made some huge shots,” Tulsa coach Frank Haith said. “But I can’t fault our guys’ effort and how we competed.”

Iowa St. 80, Tulsa 78

IOWA ST. (2-2) — Beverly 2-6 0-4 4, Young 2-5 0-1 4, Do.Jackson 6-19 8-9 24, Wigginton 3-5 0-0 8, Weiler-Babb 7-13 5-5 20, Brase 1-2 0-0 3, Lard 0-1 0-0 0, Talley 0-0 0-0 0, Long 6-10 1-1 17. Totals 27-61 14-20 80.

TULSA (2-2) — Etou 7-9 9-14 25, Scott 3-9 0-0 7, Taplin 6-14 0-0 13, Wheeler 3-5 1-2 7, Jeffries 9-10 1-1 23, Artison 0-4 1-2 1, Igbanu 0-2 0-0 0, Joiner 0-3 0-0 0, Da.Jackson 1-1 0-0 2, Henderson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-57 12-19 78.

Halftime: Iowa St. 39-30. 3-point goals—Iowa St. 12-30 (Long 4-6, Do.Jackson 4-12, Wigginton 2-3, Brase 1-2, Weiler-Babb 1-5, Beverly 0-2), Tulsa 8-18 (Jeffries 4-4, Etou 2-4, Scott 1-2, Taplin 1-4, Joiner 0-1, Wheeler 0-1, Artison 0-2). Fouled out—Lard. Rebounds—Iowa St. 30 (Weiler-Babb 14), Tulsa 27 (Etou 7). Assists—Iowa St. 14 (Weiler-Babb 8), Tulsa 11 (Taplin 5). Total fouls—Iowa St. 19, Tulsa 17.

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