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McGee leads Iowa St past North Carolina A&T 86-57

Associated Press Modified: November 20, 2012 at 10:02 pm •  Published: November 20, 2012

After struggling so early, the Cyclones hit from everywhere to start the second half. Korie Lucious nailed a pair of 3s, Clyburn scored five points and Ejim and Anthony Booker each made a 3 as the lead quickly grew to 55-26.

"We just weren't making shots in the first half," said Clyburn, a senior who has one season of eligibility after transferring from Utah. "The second half, we just put it together."

Chris Babb had an impressive sequence when he buried a 3 after two sharp passes, then soared in along the baseline to tip in a missed shot. Consecutive 3s by Naz Long and McGee made it 77-40, and Hoiberg soon sent in his reserves to mop up.

"They're a unique team," Hoiberg said. "They played different defenses. They were in zone, then they'd go to a switching man, then they played all man, then go back to zone. I thought we were a little confused with that. I thought we took, not terrible shots, we were open, but I thought we could have made an extra pass or two in that first half. But we kept our lead because we were defending on the other end of the floor."

Unchallenged so far, Iowa State's competition will crank up several notches when it meets Cincinnati on Friday in Las Vegas. The Cyclones have won their games by an average of 32.5 points.

"We'll see what we're made of, playing this Cincinnati team," Hoiberg said. "These guys are really talented. They really drive the ball, they've got great length on the inside and they can shoot it. We're going to have a great test there."