Iowa State moved the ball and yet again played strong defense to end a winless streak.
The result was a surprisingly satisfying win on the heels of two tough losses.
Deonte Burton scored 20 points and the 25th-ranked Cyclones pummeled Nebraska Omaha, 91-47, on Monday night, snapping a two-game losing streak.
Donovan Jackson had 15 for the Cyclones (6-2), who hit 15 of 29 three-pointers and rolled to their third win of 40 or more points this season.
“I thought we did some things better,” Iowa State Coach Steve Prohm said.
“Pace of play. Sharing the basketball, moving the basketball, the ball moving side to side. And defensively, for the majority of the game, I thought we competed.”
Iowa State knew it had to take the Mavericks (4-5) seriously after they stunned Iowa on Saturday. The Cyclones never let Omaha think it had a chance, storming ahead, 36-9, after just 12 minutes — with Burton scoring their first 13 points.