AMES, Iowa (AP) — Matt Thomas scored 14 points, Georges Niang added 13 and 20th-ranked Iowa State pounded Lamar 96-59 on Tuesday.
Bryce Dejean Jones had 12 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists and four steals for the Cyclones (4-1), who shook off a sluggish start with a game-deciding 16-0 run late in the first half.
Iowa State pushed its lead to 47-26 with 17:37 left and overwhelmed the Cardinals (2-5) in the second half.
The Cyclones forced 27 turnovers and hit 20 of 30 shots during one stretch.
LeMon Gregory scored 13 points for Lamar (2-5).
Iowa State shot just 29.7 percent, their second-worst effort in five seasons under coach Fred Hoiberg, in a 72-63 loss to Maryland last week in Kansas City.
The Cyclones weren’t much better against Lamar early on.
Iowa State missed 16 of its first 22 shots — including 11 of its first 13 3-pointers against a team picked to finish 10th in the low-major Southland Conference — and trailed 20-17 midway through the first half.
But Iowa State reeled off 16 straight points in just 4 1/2 minutes — a stretch capped by Niang’s 3-pointer and a dunk from Morris, to go ahead 33-20.
The Cyclones would go on to outscore the Big Red 30-6, jumping ahead by 21 on a Hogue layup with 17:37 left.
Naz Long had 12 points on four 3s for Iowa State, who had 26 assists on 36 made baskets. That’s an encouraging sign for the Cyclones offense ahead of Thursday’s home game with No. 18 Arkansas.
Iowa State: The Cyclones surpassed their season high for steals with eight in the first half, including four by Monte Morris. They finished with 16 steals. Iowa State freshman Georgios Tsalmpouris, a 7-foot-1 native of Greece who only joined the program in the summer, hit his first career basket, a 3-pointer, midway through the second half. Iowa State’s student section was ready, brandishing a Greek flag as soon as it went through.
Lamar: The Cardinals have now lost 17 straight games on T.V. Lamar, which fell at SMU 93-54 last and at Indiana 85-72 in November, last won a televised game during the 2012 Southland tournament.
Iowa State hosts the Razorbacks on Thursday in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge.
Lamar plays at Texas-Pan American on Dec. 13.
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