HONOLULU — Georges Niang scored 22 points, and No. 14 Iowa State beat Akron 83-60 on Monday to match the best start in school history.
Melvin Ejim had 21 points and 12 rebounds for the Cyclones, who improved to 10-0. DeAndre Kane added 15 points and 11 boards.
Iowa State erased an early eight-point deficit with a 17-3 run. Reggie McAdams led Akron (6-3) with 13 points.
Niang connected on four of five three-point attempts to correct a season-long slump from distance; the sophomore entered the game with a 25 percent mark from the three-point range.
Iowa State got only four bench points and just three points from freshman starting guard Matt Thomas but for the second straight game was led by the strength of its four other starters — Niang, Ejim, Kane and Dustin Hogue, who scored 18 points and grabbed six boards.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report