AMES, Iowa — Iowa State looked nothing like the team that blasted rival Iowa on the road 48 hours earlier.
But the Cyclones won anyway — and soon they’ll have star transfer Jameel McKay at their disposal.
Georges Niang and Bryce Dejean-Jones each scored 18 points and 14th-ranked Iowa State held off Southern 88-78 on Sunday night for its fifth straight victory.
Monte Morris had 15 points and five assists for Iowa State (8-1). The Cyclones led by 27 before a late Southern run.
Iowa State shook off a sluggish start with an 18-0 run late in the first half and early in the second. The Cyclones went ahead 53-35 on Naz Long’s layup with 16:13 left and hung on for their 26th straight nonconference home victory.
The Cyclones were given a technical foul for dunking in warmups and fell behind 2-0 before the opening tip. The Jaguars pushed their lead to as much as 29-21 midway through the first half, and Adrian Rodgers had 15 points in just under 12 minutes and finished with 18.
The Cyclones finally tied it at 31 on an alley-oop dunk from Niang to Dejean-Jones. Niang’s free throws gave Iowa State its first lead, 35-33, with 3:15 left before halftime.
Long had 13 points for the Cyclones, who held Rodgers to just two points in the second half.
The Jaguars actually had more baskets than Iowa State, 29-28.
Southern returns home to face Champion Baptist on Tuesday.