Cyclones Down Rice, 90-63 Behind 14 3-Pointers
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SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas - Iowa State drilled 14 3-pointers and outscored Rice, 53-35 in the second half en route to a 90-63 victory Saturday night at the South Padre Island Invitational in South Padre Island, Texas.
The Cyclones, who improve to 5-1 on the season, went 4-0 in the tournament.
Chris Babb had the hot hand for the Cyclones, recording a career-high seven 3-pointers en route to a career-high 26 points. Babb was 7-of-11 from 3-point range, tying for seventh all-time on ISU's single-game 3-pointers made chart.
Tyrus McGee came off the bench to score 17 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the floor and Melvin Ejim grabbed 11 caroms to help the Cyclones record a 46-31 edge on the boards.
Iowa State held a 37-28 lead at the break. Rice was up 14-11 early until the Cyclones went on a 15-2 run to take a 26-16 lead with just under 10 minutes left in the opening period.
McGee had eight points behind a pair of 3-pointers in the run.
McGee gave the Cyclones a 37-26 lead with under two minutes left before intermission. McGee had 11 points and Babb had 13 points in the opening period to lead the Cyclones.
Babb and Scott Christopherson both hit a pair of treys in a four-minute flurry in the middle part of the second half which stretched the Cyclone lead to 20 points (65-45) with 9:00 minutes left in the game. ISU's largest lead was 29 points with 3:29 remaining.
The 14 treys made by Iowa State ties for the third-best effort in school history. The Cyclones have made 10 or more treys in five of six games this year.
Babb and McGee both earned all-tournament honors.
Iowa State is back in action on Wednesday (Nov. 30), playing host to UNI.