Clone Men Beat IONA at 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 either Purdue or Arkansas-Little Rock on Saturday at the Pepsi Center.

Less than 24 hours after declaring he’d never felt better, Morris went out and proved it. Abdel Nader added 19 points, Matt Thomas had 14 and Jameel McKay 11 for the Cyclones.

A.J. English led 14th-seeded Iona (22-11) with 28 points and Jordan Washington scored 26.