December 11, 2012 in Division I
Disappointed with his team’s performance against Iowa last week, Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg shook up his lineup a bit for the team’s game Sunday against Nebraska-Omaha. One of the beneficiaries of that was Percy Gibson, a sophomore big man from Detroit Southeastern. From Travis Hines of the Ames Tribune:
Percy Gibson and Georges Niang both received their first starts of the season in place of Anthony Booker and Melvin Ejim as Hoiberg looked to remedy what ailed Iowa State (7-3) in a loss Friday to rival Iowa.
“I just wanted to change things around a little bit,” said Hoiberg. “It was switching things up a little bit after a disappointing loss, and I thought everybody responded well.”
Whether or not the same starting five will begin Saturday’s game against Drake inside Des Moines’ Wells Fargo Arena, Hoiberg wouldn’t say.
“I thought the lineup change worked well, and now we have a week to evaluate it and see what we want to do against Drake,” said the third-year coach. “We’ll go back and look at it, see what kind of practice week we have and we’ll make that decision next Friday.”
It was the seventh career start for Gibson, who scored 10 points with six rebounds in the game. He’s averaging 9.1 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game while shooting 60 percent from the field. He’s playing about 18 minutes per game.