Nader scores 21, No. 5 Iowa State tops North Dakota St 84-64
AMES, Iowa (AP) Abdel Nader scored 21 points, Jameel McKay had 15 to go with a career-high 19 rebounds and fifth-ranked Iowa State beat North Dakota State 84-64 on Tuesday night
Monte Morris had 18 points and six assists for the Cyclones (6-0), who overcame a sluggish outing to post their fifth straight win by double digits.
The Bison made things tough on the Cyclones for about 30 minutes. But Iowa State's 13-2 run midway through the second half ensured its 30th straight non-conference win at home.
A.J. Jacobson and Paul Miller each had 17 points to lead North Dakota State (4-2).
Iowa State's first five games under new coach Steve Prohm went about as smoothly as possible.
That changed briefly in the first half.
Georges Niang, a preseason first-team All-American, fell hard to the floor clutching his right leg. Niang walked off on both feet, though, with his arm wrapped around McKay's back.
A crowd that fell silent cheered just three minutes later when Niang checked back in. Niang then quickly spun past a defender for one of his trademark bank shots, helping kick-start a 9-0 run that put Iowa State ahead 36-30 at halftime.
Niang's 3 early in the second half made it 43-33. Niang then sat for a bit with foul trouble, but his 3-point play gave the Cyclones a 70-56 lead with 6:26 to go.
Niang finished with 15 points.
North Dakota State: This was the Bison's only scheduled game against a team anywhere close to the Top 25. … Miller, a sophomore, opened the season with 98 points in five games, nearly half his total from last season. … North Dakota State was picked second in the preseason Summit League poll.
Iowa State: The Cyclones fell one spot to fifth in this week's poll. Rival Kansas moved up to fourth. … All five Iowa State starters entered play averaging between 13.8 and 16.8 points a game. … New football coach Matt Campbell addressed the crowd late in the first half, saying he was ''truly humbled, truly honored'' to be hired by the Cyclones.
North Dakota State plays at Arkansas State on Friday.
Iowa State hosts Buffalo next Monday.
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