No. 14 Iowa State cruises past Akron 83-60

By Oskar Garcia, Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 23, 2013 at 5:19 p.m.



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HONOLULU (AP) - Georges Niang scored 15 of his 22 points in the second half, and No. 14 Iowa State beat Akron 83-60 on Monday to match the best start in school history.

Melvin Ejim had 21 points and 12 rebounds for the Cyclones, who improved to 10-0 for the first time since 1996-97 season. DeAndre Kane added 15 points and 11 boards.

Iowa State advanced to the final of the Diamond Head Classic. It will play South Carolina or Boise State for the title on Wednesday night.

Reggie McAdams led Akron (6-3) with 13 points.

Iowa State erased an early eight-point deficit with a 17-3 run. Niang hit a 3-pointer right before the buzzer to make it 37-31 at halftime.

Iowa State scored 46 points and shot just over 55 percent in the second half, mostly on layups and dunks. The Cyclones finished with 42 points in the paint.

With eight minutes left, Kane found Ejim under the basket for a dunk that gave the Cyclones a 70-50 lead.

Akron shot 40 percent in the half, but made just 5 of 18 3-pointers and attempted no free throws. The Zips were 11 for 35 from long range and 1 for 6 at the line for the game.

Dustin Hogue had 18 points for Iowa State. Niang was 7 for 11 from the field and 4 for 4 at the line in his fourth consecutive game with at least 20 points.

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