North Dakota 51

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Iowa State 77

(10-5, 6-2 home)

    8:00 PM ET, January 5, 2008

    Hilton Coliseum, Ames, Iowa

    1 2 T
    UND 22 2951
    ISU 48 2977

    Top Performers

    North Dakota: T. Bledsoe 12 Pts, 5 Reb

    Iowa State: W. Johnson 15 Pts, 4 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    Iowa St. 77, North Dakota 51

    Associated Press

    AMES, Iowa (AP) -- Wesley Johnson scored 15 points, Jiri Hubalek had 11 and Iowa State cruised past Division II North Dakota 77-51 Saturday night for its sixth straight home win.

    Rahshon Clark chipped in with nine points and seven rebounds for the Cyclones (10-5), who lead by as much as 40 early in the second half en route to their seventh victory in eight games.

    North Dakota (10-4) started just one player over 6-foot-5, and Iowa State's superior size and athleticism was apparent from the opening tip. The Cyclones shot 47.5 percent from the floor, forced 21 turnovers and outscored the Fighting Sioux 30-14 in the paint.

    Travis Bledsoe and Emmanuel Little each scored 12 to lead North Dakota, which was playing its first game against a Division I opponent since losing to Kansas, 108-77, in 2002. The loss snapped a 10-game winning streak for the Fighting Sioux.

    Iowa State took control with a 12-2 run to open the game, led by a pair of 3s from Bryan Petersen, and the rout was on. Wesley Johnson followed with two 3-pointers of his own as the Cyclones pushed their lead to 27-11 midway through the first half.

    North Dakota made a brief surge, pulling within 29-18, but Iowa State reeled off 14 straight points to make it 43-18 with 2:41 left. The Cyclones led 48-22 at halftime.

    It only got worse for the overmatched Fighting Sioux after the break. The Cyclones scored the first 14 points of the second half, a run capped by an Alex Thompson 3, to go up 62-22. North Dakota finally found some rhythm against Iowa State's reserves, cutting its deficit to 70-45 with 4:10 left.

    Iowa State opens Big 12 action next Saturday at Baylor.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 51 77
    FG Made-Attempted 15-46 (.326) 28-59 (.475)
    3P Made-Attempted 6-17 (.353) 8-21 (.381)
    FT Made-Attempted 15-23 (.652) 13-18 (.722)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 17 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 40

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