In all phases of the game, the 17th-ranked Iowa State men’s basketball team cruised to a 110-51 beatdown of UMKC on Monday night, showing no letdown after big games against Michigan and BYU.
Of all the mismatches, the biggest was in the backcourt. DeAndre Kane and Matt Thomas dominated, combining for 34 points while the backups, Monte Morris and Sherron Dorsey-Walker, added 28 more combined.
All four guards were incredibly efficient, going 19-26 from the field, and everyone except Morris made a combined seven of the teams’ 12 3-pointers.
The Kangaroos were just completely outmatched. They were draining anything from the perimeter, only hitting 3 of 22 3-point shots. They committed 28 fouls, which was the same margin that they were outrebounded by (59-31).
UMKC also couldn’t handle Kane, who made 6 of 8 free throws, grabbed eight boards, and added four assists to go with his 20 points.
The one player for the Kangaroos that needed to make a difference couldn’t stay on the court. Fred Chatmon fouled out after 19 minutes of play, finishing with six points, three turnovers, and just two rebounds.
No starter for the Cyclones went beyond 20 minutes of playing time in the blowout. K.J. Bluford was probably least impressive in the relief effort, hitting just 2 of 10 from the field and missing 6 of 8 3-point attempts, but at least he got some playing time.
Fan favorite Tyler Ellerman had six minutes of action and made every second count, finishing with five points and six rebounds.
Iowa State will have a week off and will resume play at home against Auburn next Monday in the inaugural Big 12/SEC Challenge.