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Iowa State 96, Howard 62

AMES, Iowa (AP) -- Rahshon Clark scored 18 points on 7-for-8
shooting, freshman Shawn Taggart added 15 and Iowa State rolled to
a 96-62 victory against overmatched Howard on Friday night.

Iowa State (3-0) dominated the second-round game in its own
Cyclone Challenge with aggressive defense and sharp shooting -- 67.7
percent in the first half and 58 percent for the game. Howard (0-2)
never recovered after making just six of 21 shots in the opening
half.

The Cyclones led by 37 at halftime and cruised through the
second half when the only question was whether coach Wayne Morgan
would leave his regulars in long enough for Iowa State to score
100. He didn't.

Jiri Hubalek shot 6-for-7 and finished with 14 points for Iowa
State, Anthony Davis scored 12 and Will Blalock 11. Curtis Stinson,
who had averaged 28 points in the first two games, scored seven in
this one, but it hardly mattered.

Iowa State forced 24 turnovers with its press and trapping zone
defense and converted many of them into easy baskets. Howard rarely
penetrated the zone so when the Bison did get a shot, they usually
were casting one up from the perimeter.

Darek Mitchell and Darryl Hudson led Howard with 13 points
apiece.

Iowa State, meanwhile, was sharp from the start. The Cyclones
made nine of their first 11 shots in racing to a 25-9 lead and even
found their touch on 3-pointers. They were 7-for-34 from 3-point
range coming in but made four of their first five from beyond the
arc, all in the first six minutes.

After that, the Cyclones got so many close-in shots against
their shorter defenders that they had no need to take the ball
outside.

During a 26-3 run that stretched the lead to 40-11, Iowa State
got six of its eight baskets in the paint. Taggart had two dunks in
that spurt, the first on a nifty behind-the-back pass from Blalock.

It only got worse for Howard. Blalock converted a three-point
play on a double-pump layup to make it 45-13 and Ross Marsden
scored on a give-and-go with Stinson for a 49-13 lead. At that
point, Howard had 15 turnovers and five baskets.

The Cyclones led 55-18 at halftime and the lead was never below
28 in the second half, even after Iowa State backed off its press.

The round-robin event ends Saturday night with Iowa State
playing Iona and Howard meeting Portland State. Iona beat Portland
State 81-75 earlier Friday.