Coming off a humbling loss to Maryland, Iowa State got back into the win column against an over matched Lamar team, blasting the Cardinals, 96-59. As far as 37-point victories go, this wasn't a a flawless performance from the Cyclones, but it was dominant for at least three-quarters of the night.
Down 20-17 at the under-8 timeout in the first half, Iowa State went on a 16-0 run that stretched over five minutes of game time and allowed the Cyclones to take a 38-22 lead into the break. Iowa State stretched the lead to 30 in the first ten minutes of the second half and it ended up being an easy night for the starting five as only one of the Cyclones' five starters played more than 24 minutes.
The one guy that did, Bryce Dejean-Jones, turned in a ridiculously-balanced performance, going for 12 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals in 27 minutes of play. Dejean-Jones looked like the best player on the floor throughout the night and answered his critics in a major way by turning in his best performance as a Cyclone.
Four other Cyclones joined Dejean-Jones in double figures, including Daniel Edozie, who scored a career high 10 points off the bench. Edozie also grabbed 7 rebounds en route to turning in his second solid performance in a row. Georges Niang (13) and Naz Long (12) also reached double figures and Matt Thomas' 14 points led Iowa State on the night.
Fred Hoiberg's team went heavy on the 3-ball early and finished just 4-20 from outside in the first half, but got hot in the second stanza and finished a respectable 13-38 (38.2%) from outside for the game. Both Thomas and Long hit 4-7 from deep.
After shooting just 29% from the floor against Maryland, Iowa State hit on 52.2% of their field goal attempts on Tuesday night and benefited from 27 Lamar turnovers, 16 of which registered as steals for ISU. The Cyclones also dished out 26 assists on 36 made shots and turned it over just nine times.
With the win, the Cyclones moved to 4-1, setting up a top-20 show down with Arkansas on Thursday night. That game will tip off at 8:00 PM CST and can be seen on ESPN2.