AMES - Martin Rancik scored 24 of his 30 points in the second half and Iowa State took control while All-American point guard Jamaal Tinsley was on the bench to beat Drake 75-55 Sunday.
Iowa State was leading 39-32 when Tinsley went to the bench after picking up his third foul with 16:41 left. He never returned to the game, but Drake could not capitalize, mostly because of Rancik.
Rancik scored 17 of Iowa State's next 25 points as the Cyclones built a 64-49 lead en route to their 26th straight victory at home. Connecting mostly on turnaround jumpers near the basket, the 6-foot-8 senior hit 11-of-15 shots and fell two points shy of his career high.
Freshman Jake Sullivan added 11 points for Iowa State in his first start and Paul Shirley had nine points and 10 rebounds. Tinsley, a preseason All-American, was 1-for-4 from the field and scored just three points.
Lamont Evans, Andry Sola and Luke McDonald led Drake with 10 points each. Greg Danielson, Drake's No. 2 scorer for the season with a 13-point average, missed all six of his shots from the field and scored only four points.
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