Iowa State forward Calvin Godfrey, right, blocks a shot by Southeast Missouri State center Zach House during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday, Dec. 6, 2010, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) By Charlie Neibergall
Iowa State guard Diante Garrett, left, steals the ball from Southeast Missouri State center Zach House during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday, Dec. 6, 2010, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) By Charlie Neibergall
AMES, Iowa (AP) -- Diante Garrett scored 20 points, Melvin Ejim added 18 to go with 10 rebounds and Iowa State broke a two-game losing streak with an 85-58 victory over winless Southeast Missouri on Monday night.
Jake Anderson added 14 points and Scott Christopherson had 13 for the Cyclones (7-2), who led by 31 in the second half.
Anthony Allison scored 11 points to lead the Redhawks (0-9). Rae-Vonn Banks and Marcus Brister, who played three games for Iowa State in the 2007-08 season before transferring, each scored nine.
Southeast Missouri kept the game close for more than 13 minutes before Iowa State took control with an 18-7 run that produced a 20-point lead.
The 6-foot-4 Garrett made his first four shots and consistently scored over shorter defenders while finishing 8 of 12 from the field, including three 3-pointers. He also had six assists and five rebounds.
Ejim also made his first four shots and finished 7 of 11. His first three baskets came on putbacks, including a two-handed dunk on which he drew a technical foul for hanging on the rim.
He had a chance to dunk again on his next follow shot but softly dropped the ball into the basket instead.
In consecutive losses to Northern Iowa and California, Iowa State was forced into playing at a slower tempo than it prefers. Against the Redhawks, however, the Cyclones had little trouble establishing their fast pace.
Iowa State shot 58.6 percent in the first half when it built a 45-30 lead and finished at 52.5 percent for the game.
Iowa State never trailed after Garrett broke a 5-5 tie by scoring seven straight points. Still, it took some time for the Cyclones to shake the Redhawks.
When Banks dunked with 6:46 left in the first half, Southeast Missouri trailed 27-18. A little more than 5 minutes later, Iowa State led by 20.
Anderson got three baskets inside during that run while Garrett knocked down a 3 and scored on a spinning jumper in the lane, the last basket making it 45-25 with 1:14 left in the half.
Southeast Missouri scored the final five points of the half, but the Redhawks went scoreless the first 4:45 of the second half. Iowa State ran off nine straight points to open a 54-30 lead.
Another 9-0 run made it 65-34 with 12:09 to play, and the Cyclones cruised from there.
Freshman Jordan Railey drew the biggest cheers from the crowd and his Iowa State teammates in the late going when he blocked Leon Powell's layup attempt.
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