AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State has already shown it can beat good teams like Michigan and BYU. The Cyclones have also proven they can dominate overmatched opponents.
DeAndre Kane had 20 points and eight rebounds, and 17th-ranked Iowa State trounced Missouri-Kansas City 110-51 Monday night for its fifth straight win.
Sherron Dorsey-Walker added 17 points for the Cyclones (5-0), who used a 27-0 run midway through the first half to put away the Kangaroos.
Iowa State, which was hosting a game as a ranked team for the first time in eight years, posted its third win of at least 30 points this season.
“We’ve got a lot of guys that can do a lot of things,” Kane said. “We play unselfish basketball. We share the ball. We’ve got a lot of guys that can score, a lot of guys that can rebound. But it all starts with defense.”
UMKC can attest to that.
Martez Harrison had 14 points to lead the Kangaroos (1-4), who shot just 29.5 percent and lost for the third time in four games.
“The great teams do it every night. You can’t have off days, and that includes practice,” Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg said. “I give our guys a lot of credit. They’re coming to work every day.”
Though UMKC was never really in the game, it did briefly stymie the Cyclones by pressing after every made basket and throwing in some zone looks on defense.
It only took a few minutes for Iowa State to find its rhythm and run away from the Kangaroos.
The Cyclones shot over 50 percent for the fifth time in their first nine halves of the season. They also outrebounded UMKC 29-11 and hit seven 3s en route to a 52-17 halftime lead.
All 12 of Iowa State’s players finished with at least one field goal as the Cyclones posted the sixth-largest win in school history.