AMES, Iowa -- DeAndre Kane led five players in double figures with 15 points and Iowa State rolled past Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 80-50 on Tuesday night.
Georges Niang, who added 12 points and five assists, put the Cyclones ahead by 20 with a jumper. Thomas's layup with 14:44 left made it 50-28 Iowa State.
Monte Morris converted a four-point play with 8:20 left to give the Cyclones a 30-point lead.
Morris finished with 11 points for Iowa State, which faces its first major test of the season at home against No. 7 Michigan on Sunday.
Jeff Beverly had 14 points for the Islanders (1-1).
Iowa State didn't exactly look ready for Michigan for much of the first half.
A key sequence just before halftime gave the Cyclones a bigger cushion than they could have reasonably hoped for.
Morris, a freshman point guard, grabbed a steal and flung it down court, where a waiting Kane laid it in. Morris then ripped another one away and tossed it to Thomas in transition. Thomas pulled back, set his feet behind the 3-point line and calmly drilled his third such shot of the half to make it 37-24 Cyclones.
Hogue, a junior college transfer, opened the second half with an alley-oop slam to give Iowa State a 15-point lead.
Hogue's energy and athleticism gave the Cyclones a spark -- and his three 3s were an added bonus.
Hogue was 5 of 6 shooting and added eight rebounds, helping Iowa State shoot 65 percent in the second half.
The Islanders outrebounded Iowa State 23-20 in the first half, and John Jordan showed why he's among the favorites for Southland Player of the Year with 11 points and six rebounds. But Texas A&M-Corpus Christi simply couldn't keep up once the Cyclones got going.
The Islanders shot just 28.6 percent.
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