AMES, Iowa (AP) — Marial Shayok scored 20 points, Michael Jacobson had 15 with 10 rebounds and Iowa State rolled past North Dakota State 81-59 for its fourth straight win.
Nick Weiler-Babb scored 11 points with eight rebounds for the Cyclones (7-1), who shot 50 percent from the floor.
Iowa State wasn’t pushed hard in this one. The Cyclones cruised to a 16-point halftime lead and then opened the second half with a 10-2 run to jump ahead 53-29. Back-to-back buckets by Shayok made it a 67-37 game with just over 12 minutes to go.
Iowa State’s Cam Lard and Zoran Talley, each of whom started the season with seven-game suspensions, returned against the Bison. Lard had two points and two blocks and Talley — wearing a black mask to protect a broken nose — had four points and two assists.
The pair hooked up on an alley-oop dunk with about 11 minutes left, giving Lard his first points of 2018-19 in emphatic fashion.
Rocky Kreuser had 13 points to lead the Bison (2-7), who made the score respectable with a late 19-2 run as Iowa State coach Steve Prohm tinkered with his lineup.
THE BIG PICTURE
North Dakota State: After playing at No. 1 Gonzaga (and losing 102-60), against Drake in Minneapolis and in Ames, the Bison could use a home game. They’ll get one on Saturday.
Iowa State: Lard didn’t start after doing so a year ago. Prohm opted to stick with Jacobson, who came into play averaging 17 points and 7.7 rebounds a game. Lard made his first appearance at the 10:46 mark of the first half and promptly blocked a shot, a specialty of his. But Lard played just four minutes in the first half, and when he went back in the game it was essentially over.