No. 17 Iowa State used a 27-0 first-half run and a barrage of three-pointers to dismantle visiting Missouri-Kansas City on Monday, running away with its fifth win of the season, 110-51.
"We just came out there with a lot of energy and wanted to take care of business from the start and put them away early," said shooting guard Matt Thomas, who had nine points in the first half.
The 110 points are the most in the Hoiberg era and the most since 1998, when the Cyclones scored 112 against Southern-New Orleans while the 59-point margin of victory ranks sixth in school history.
Four players made two or more three-pointers as the Cyclones shot a combined 38.7 percent from behind the arc and 52.2 percent from the field.
There was no post-BYU hangover for the Cyclones, who beat Michigan earlier in the week as well."I was a little nervous, you always are, after you have an emotional win," head coach Fred Hoiberg said. "But our guys came ready to practice last few days. That's what I was most impressed with them. They didn't let the other two games get to their head."
Melvin Ejim finished a rebound shy of a double-double, scoring 10 points, and DeAndre Kane was his usual box score-stuffing self, with 20 points, eight rebounds and four assists on 6-for-7 shooting.
Kane is averaging 16.4 points, 8.4 rebounds and under five assists per game.
All of Iowa State's starters were out of the game nine minutes into the second half. From there, ISU's bench enjoyed a good run together in extended action.
Fan favorite walk-on Tyler Ellerman entered the game with 5:45 remaining and drew a roar from the crowd with a a midrange jumper to push Iowa State's lead to 97-40.
UMKC (1-4) shot 29.5 percent from the field and forced 11 Iowa State turnovers, mixing in a variety of defensive looks, alternating zone and man on consecutive possessions while feverishly pressing throughout the game.
"I thought we did a good job with it," Hoiberg said. "It's always tough preparing for a team that throws that many different looks at you. They played a matchup zone, man to man, 2-2-1 press, on-ball press, sometimes they man-to-man run and jump, so there's just so many things you have to prepare for when playing a team like UMKC."
The Cyclones outrebounded the Kangaroos, 59-31.
Kane: "We knew we couldn't stand to lose this game. This whole week of practice we played focused and we started out good and carried it through the whole game."
Hoiberg: "Sherron (Dorsey-Walker) and KJ (Bluford) both had great weeks of practice and I was glad to get those guys in game action. Sherron (17 points on 6-for-7 shooting) really went out there and played well."
"[The 49 bench points] are fun to see"
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