AMES, Iowa (AP) -- Ricky Soliver scored 16 of his 23 points in the first half and Steve Burtt collected 17 of his 23 in the second half, lifting Iona to an 89-72 victory over No. 23 Iowa State on Saturday night.
Iona (3-0) made seven 3-pointers over Iowa State's zone defense in building a 40-37 halftime lead and then turned back the Cyclones (3-1) repeatedly in the final 20 minutes before pulling away down the stretch to win the Cyclone Challenge.The Gaels did a good job slowing Iowa State's running game and kept the Cyclones from getting the ball inside, forcing them to settle for jump shots. Iowa State shot just 4-for-17 from 3-point range and missed 8-of-20 free throws.Soliver went 4-for-5 on 3-pointers, all in the first half, and finished 8-for-16 overall. He was named the round-robin event's most valuable player. Burtt was just 6-for-20 from the field but made all 10 of his free throws.Will Blalock scored 17 points, Curtis Stinson had 16 and Rahshon Clark 15 for Iowa State, which had won 21 straight nonconference games at home since losing to Iowa in the 2003 NIT.Iowa State twice got to within a point in the second half, the second time at 54-53 when Stinson stole the ball and fed Tasheed Carr for a layup. The Cyclones had a chance to take the lead when a triple-team forced Gary Springer into a traveling violation, but Stinson missed a driving shot and Iona scored the next eight points.Springer started the run with a three-point play and Marvin McCullough finished it, falling into the Iona bench after hitting a 3-pointer that made it 62-53. After Iowa State drew to 62-57 on Blalock's jumper, McCullough came through again, slicing through the Cyclones' defense for a layup that put the Gaels up 64-57 with 8:01 to play.A 10-3 burst that Burtt capped with a 3-pointer took the lead to 76-62 and finished off the Cyclones, whose frustration mounted as the lead increased. Iowa State players were called twice for intentional fouls in the final two minutes.