AMES — Iowa State guard Tyrus McGee flew into the first row of courtside seating, unsuccessful in his attempt to save a possession.
A kid extended his hand.
McGee obligingly slapped it — and rested comfortably the remainder of the night.
It was one of those easy-going games for the Cyclones, who trounced overmatched North Carolina A&T 86-57 Tuesday before 11,384 fans at Hilton Coliseum.
“That kid was Coach (Fred) Hoiberg’s son,” said McGee, who scored a game-high 16 points as ISU improved to 4-0. “I like doing stuff like that. It gets the crowd into it. I feed off of that.”
McGee was simply McGee — as in all over the place with the volume turned up to 11.
He grabbed four rebounds, blocked two shots, snared a steal and dished out an assist.
He’s hit four 3-pointers in three consecutive games and there’s more to come.
“I’m going to continue to shoot it,” said McGee, who is shooting 54 percent from long range. “Even if I come out 0-for-5, I’m going to keep shooting it because that’s what coach wants me to do.”
Clangs, thuds and airballs abounded early, as the teams combined to start the game 0-for-14 from the field.
It got much better for ISU, which made 13 of its final 25 first-half shots while using a 15-0 run to help build a 38-17 halftime edge.
The Cyclones also drilled 7-of-8 3-pointers immediately after starting 0-for-10 from beyond the arc.
Melvin Ejim swished ISU’s first 3-pointer and notched a game-high 10 rebounds.
Will Clyburn and Georges Niang chipped in 14 points apiece, while combining for 13 boards.
“Second half, we put it all together,” Clyburn said.
The first half, defense ruled.
The Aggies (1-4) ended up 5-for-31 from the floor before the break (16.1 percent).
They missed their first 15 shots and trailed by double digits the final 25:46.
“We can really push ourselves on defense and that’s what kept us in the game,” Niang said. “I just feel like if we can pick up our defense, then sometimes you don’t really have to worry about our offense.”
McGee’s not worried about it.
“Our defense was the main thing that helped us tonight,” he said. “What I see, is our whole starting five can shoot. Anthony Booker can even shoot, he’s a big man. It’s just time in the gym. It’s all it is.”
Now it’s time for Vegas — and Friday’s matchup with No. 22 Cincinnati.
“We’re going to have a great test there,” Hoiberg said.”
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