Sloppy play and poor shooting had Iowa State down at halftime to Div II Augustana, but the Cyclones corrected those deficiencies to pull ahead after the break and win their exhibition, 90-68.
DeAndre Kane led the Cyclones with 19 points and 10 rebounds.
Without senior forward Melvin Ejim, out four to six weeks with a knee injury, the Cyclones went super small to start, inserting 6-foot-4 guard Naz Long into the lineup, along with Kane, Matt Thomas, Dustin Hogue and Georges Niang. Only Niang and Hogue stand taller than 6-foot-5.
The hallmarks of small-ball weren't on display in the first half, however, as Iowa State missed all eight of its three-point attempts and struggled to space the floor, with multiple players clogging the same lane, and turned the ball over nine times.
The Cyclones didn't rotate well defensively, either, yielding many open looks (Augustana took 18 threes alone in the first half, making four).
The second half wasn't close, Iowa State pouring in a barrage of points, extending its lead from seven to 23 in less than four minutes.
Iowa State finished with a 49-36 edge on the glass and made 25 percent of its three-pointers compared to 14.8 for Augustana, which didn't make a three-pointer in the second half. The Cyclones only committed four turnovers in that frame.
Kane also ran the floor well. He didn't flash much open-court playmaking Sunday, instead bullying his way into the paint. Several times Kane took a hit mid-air but still finished the play, including a nifty up-and-under. Interior competition will get much tougher.
One problem with Kane is his lack of a three-point shot — he hit on 31.8 of his tries last season after staying below 30 percent his first two seasons — and how that affects spacing when he's not playing the point and Monte Morris is. Kane will have to make defenses respect that shot, lest they sag off him.
Niang and Kane played aggressively, asserting themselves offensively. They know there's points to be made up in Ejim's absence.
Hogue finished with eight points and six rebounds in 22 minutes.
Thomas will be the first to admit his defense is a work in progress. He said in high school he never played man-to-man. That showed in the first half when a Viking blew right past him on the baseline.
Morris hit a runner at the first-half buzzer and in the second half fielded an offensive rebound off a missed free throw and finished an easy layup.
One nit with Morris is his slow rotation, especially in running players off the three-point line. Given Morris' natural speed, though, that's more a byproduct of schematic uncertainty.
Dorsey-Walker hit a corner three-pointer after curling to his left on an inbounds play.
SDW also committed an errant turnover, throwing a pass square into the arms of a defender.
K.J. Bluford didn't play in the first half but checked in early after intermission. He missed his three three-point attempts.