DENVER — Monte Morris showed no lingering effects of his right shoulder injury, scoring 20 points and dishing out eight assists in Iowa State’s 94-81 win over Iona in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday.
Georges Niang’s 28 points led the No. 3 seed Cyclones (22-11), who saw all five of their starters score in double figures. They will play Purdue or Arkansas-Little Rock on Saturday at the Pepsi Center.
The balanced Cyclones got 19 points from Abdel Nader, 14 from Matt Thomas and 11 from Jameel McKay.
The Gaels cut an 18-point second-half deficit to seven with just under three minutes remaining when English hit a pair of free throws to make it 83-76.
The comeback fizzled, however, after English was whistled for traveling on the next possession and then drew a technical foul during a timeout. The Cyclones sealed it with an 11-0 run.