Iowa St. 70, Central Connecticut St. 45
AMES, Iowa (AP) _ Transfer Shawn Bankhead scored 19 points in his Iowa State debut and the Cyclones used a 20-0 first-half run to take control Friday in a 70-45 victory over Central Connecticut State.
Bankhead and another transfer, Dedric Willoughby, sparked the decisive run, which pulled Iowa State from a 16-10 deficit in the season opener for both teams into a 30-16 lead. Willoughby finished with 17 points.
Noah O’Daniel’s 13 points led Central Connecticut, which played without starting guard Dwhawn Edwards and four reserves. They were held out of the game for violating team rules.
With two freshmen and two transfers in the starting lineup, Iowa State struggled early. The Cyclones went 4 minutes, 40 seconds without scoring and 5:45 without a field goal as Central Connecticut built its early six-point lead.
But Iowa State began pressuring full-court at that point and broke it open as Central Connecticut committed seven turnovers and missed six shots while going scoreless for 6 1/2 minutes.
Bankhead, who transferred from College of Southern Idaho, had eight points during the run, which he capped with a jump shot and a dunk. Willoughby, who played at New Orleans two years ago, contributed a 3-point basket, two free throws and a fast-break layup.
Iowa State led 32-19 at halftime and began the second half with an 8-2 run that included a three-point play and a 3-pointer by Willoughby. Central Connecticut never threatened after that, even though Iowa State shot just 34 percent for the game.
Central Connecticut shot 33 percent and committed 31 turnovers.
Keith Closs, Central Connecticut’s 7-foot-2 sophomore center, scored 12 points and blocked six shots. He led the nation in blocks last season at 5.3 per game.