Iowa State overcame a cold start on offense with a strong defensive effort and rolled to an 86-57 victory over North Carolina A@T. The Cyclones missed their first ten three pointers but held A&T to just 16 percent shooting in the opening half.

I.S.U. coach Fred Hoiberg said he like his team’s defensive energy from the start and though they got a little confused playing against the zone defense early. Tyrus McGee led the Cyclones with 16 points and Iowa State connected on better than 48 percent from the field in the second half.

Hoiberg says they found a rhythm in their offense that was missing in the first half and started shooting the ball extremely well.

Iowa State is 4-0 and will play 22nd ranked Cincinnati in Las Vegas on Friday.