ROME, Italy- Tyrus McGee led a group of seven Cyclones in double-figure scoring with 17 points, as the Iowa State men’s basketball team defeated the North Roma Elite, 106-47 Tuesday evening.
McGee, a junior from Stringtown, Okla., was 6-of-11 from the field, including a 5-of-8 effort from beyond the arc to help the Cyclones tally 15 3-pointers in the win. Iowa State is now 3-0 on its Italian trip.
“It was a great team effort,” Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg said. “Early on we struggled shooting, but our defense was there all night. I have stressed defense a lot with our guys, because there will be nights when you don’t shoot it well. It has to be a constant for us to come out and play hard on the defensive end every night, and we did that today.”
A slow start by the Cyclones made it a close game early. Iowa State was just 1-of-10 from long-range out of the chute, as the Cyclones clung to an 11-8 lead. Iowa State then went on a 47-10 run to blow the game wide open. ISU finished the contest making 14-of-its-last-22 shots from downtown.
Chris Allen chipped in with 16 points, followed by 14 points from Melvin Ejim and Scott Christopherson, respectively. Royce White posted his second consecutive double-double with 10 points and a team-high 13 rebounds.
“Everybody who has competed for us has done what we have asked of them,” Hoiberg added. “The biggest thing offensively is how unselfishly we are playing. If you look at our numbers, we have been very consistent. It is a sign of a good team when you have balanced scoring.”
Iowa State’s next game is on Thursday in Rome.
Iowa State Statistics
McGee: 17 pts (6-11 fg, 5-8 3fg), 4 asst, 4 reb, 3 stl
Allen: 16 pts (5-10 fg, 3-6 3fg), 2 asst, 2 blk
Christopherson: 14 pts (5-12 fg, 4-10 3fg), 4 asst, 5 reb
Ejim: 14 pts (7-12 fg), 9 reb, 2 asst
Gibson: 11 pts (5-6 fg), 2 reb
Babb: 10 pts (4-8 fg, 2-6 3fg), 2 reb, 2 asst
White: 10 pts (5-8 fg), 13 reb, 4 asst
Palo: 5 pts (1-3 fg, 1-1 3fg), 6 reb.
Booker: 4 pts (2-3 fg), 4 reb, 3 stl, 2 blk
Sledge: 3 pts (1-2 fg), 3 asst
Railey: 2 pts (1-4 fg), 4 reb
Law: 0 pts, 2 asst, 2 reb.
McBeth: 0 pts