AMES, Iowa (AP) -- Mike Taylor scored 22 points and dished out seven assists -- all in the first half -- to lead Iowa State past Division II Lake Superior State 90-61 Saturday night.
Jessan Gray and Wesley Johnson added 14 points apiece for the Cyclones, who led by 18 at halftime and pushed their edge to 30 midway through the second half against the undersized Lakers (1-3).Iowa State is 6-0 for the second time in four years.Taylor, who scored 25 of his 33 points in the second half of a 68-63 win at Minnesota on Tuesday, came out on fire. He opened the scoring with a long 3-pointer, followed a missed alley-oop by Rahshon Clark with a put-back and buried another 3 to help give Iowa State a 9-1 lead.The Lakers responded with eight quick points to get as close as 13-12, but Taylor hit another 3-pointer and made two nice assists to push the Cyclones' lead to seven.Lake Superior State edged back within five, only to watch Taylor drain three straight 3-pointers -- all from well beyond the arc -- to give Iowa State a 32-21 lead.Taylor finally missed a 3-pointer late in the first half, breaking a string of nine straight made 3s, but by then his teammates had found their stride. Gray and Mark Currie followed a Johnson slam with 3-pointers as Iowa State closed the first half on a 14-2 run and led 53-35 by the break.Ross Marsden's basket with eight minutes left pushed the Cyclones' lead to 78-48.Ryan Kuhl and Mark Morse scored 13 points each to lead Lake Superior State. Lakers coach Mike Fitzner played under Iowa State coach Greg McDermott at Wayne State in the mid-90s.