Iowa St. 95, South Dakota 67
AMES, Iowa (AP) _ Lafester Rhodes scored 26 points as 16th-ranked Iowa State defeated South Dakota 95-67 Saturday, winning its 11th game earlier than any other Cyclones team in school history.
Although Iowa State never trailed after running off 10 straight points to take an 18-9 lead less than six minutes into the game, the Cyclones were sluggish throughout in running their record to 11-2.
Gary Thompkins added 20 points for Iowa State, 15 in the first half, Jeff Grayer scored 17 and reserve Mark Baugh had 11.
Grayer, who was averaging 25.8, suffered through his second-lowest scoring game of the season. He picked up three fouls in the first 6:43 of the game and wet through one stretch of 18 1/2 minutes without scoring.
Tim Hatchett led South Dakota, 4-6, with 17 points, Kyle Collins scored 12 and Jeff Rau and Mike Graves each added 10.
Iowa State led by as many as 18 points in the first half and was ahead 51-35 at halftime. The Cyclones scored only eight points in the first 8 1/2 minutes of the second half, then went on a 12-3 run to open a 72-50 lead with 7:25 left.
Elmer Robinson hit a jump shot to start the spurt, and Baugh finished it with two baskets inside. A jump shot by Rhodes, a 3-pointer by Grayer and Thompkins’ 3-point play made it 89-64 with 2:28 to go and the Cyclones coasted from there.
The final 28-point margin was the biggest of the game.