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Morris leads Iowa State past Nevada

MILWAUKEE -- Monte Morris scored 19 points to lead fifth-seeded Iowa State to an 84-73 victory over No. 12 Nevada in an NCAA Tournament first-round contest Thursday night at the Bradley Center.

Four players scored in double figures for the Cyclones (24-10), who shot 55.6 percent from the field and made eight of 19 3-pointers to win for the 10th time in their last 11 games.

Nevada (28-7), which had won nine straight coming into the tournament, got 22 points from Cameron Oliver, 20 from Jordan Caroline and 16 from Marcus Marshall but made only 40 percent of its shots and was 8-for-26 from distance.

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Iowa State vs. Nevada -- March Madness 2017
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Iowa State vs. Nevada -- March Madness 2017
Mar 16, 2017; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Nevada Wolf Pack guard Josh Hall (33) falls on Iowa State Cyclones guard Monte Morris (11) while battling for the ball during the second half of the game in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 10, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Iowa State Cyclones guard Matt Thomas (21) shoots as TCU Horned Frogs guard Jaylen Fisher (0) defends in the second half during the Big 12 Championship Tournament at Sprint Center. Iowa State won 84-63. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 10, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Iowa State Cyclones guard Monte Morris (11) attempts a shot blocked by TCU Horned Frogs guard Alex Robinson (25) in the second half during the Big 12 Championship Tournament at Sprint Center. Iowa State won 84-63. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 10, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Iowa State Cyclones guard Deonte Burton (30) shoots as TCU Horned Frogs forward Karviar Shepherd (32) defends in the second half during the Big 12 Championship Tournament at Sprint Center. Iowa State won 84-63. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
MILWAUKEE, WI - MARCH 16: Matt Thomas #21 of the Iowa State Cyclones attempts a free throw in the second half against the Nevada Wolf Pack during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at BMO Harris Bradley Center on March 16, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - MARCH 16: Cameron Oliver #0 of the Nevada Wolf Pack reacts in the second half against the Iowa State Cyclones during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at BMO Harris Bradley Center on March 16, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - MARCH 16: Monte Morris #11 of the Iowa State Cyclones dribbles the ball while being guarded by Cameron Oliver #0 of the Nevada Wolf Pack in the second half during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at BMO Harris Bradley Center on March 16, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - MARCH 16: Matt Thomas #21 of the Iowa State Cyclones attempts a shot while being guarded by Marcus Marshall #1 of the Nevada Wolf Pack in the second half during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at BMO Harris Bradley Center on March 16, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - MARCH 16: D.J. Fenner #15 of the Nevada Wolf Pack reacts in the second half against the Iowa State Cyclones during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at BMO Harris Bradley Center on March 16, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - MARCH 16: Nazareth Mitrou-Long #15 of the Iowa State Cyclones and Cameron Oliver #0 of the Nevada Wolf Pack battle for a loose ball in the second half during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at BMO Harris Bradley Center on March 16, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - MARCH 16: A Nevada Wolf Pack fan holds a flag in the first half against the Iowa State Cyclones during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at BMO Harris Bradley Center on March 16, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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Iowa State lived up to its billing as an offensive powerhouse, shooting 58.6 percent in the first half. The Cyclones led by as many as 15 and went into halftime up 40-27, thanks to eight points from Morris, who hit a pair of 3-pointers.

The Wolf Pack came out cold, making just nine of 30 shots while going 4-of-13 from beyond the arc. Oliver scored 10 and Caroline added eight in the opening half but Nevada couldn't slow down the Cyclones.

Down 46-36 at the under-16 timeout, Nevada made a charge, outscoring the Cyclones 8-3 to get within five on a layup by Lindsey Drew with 13:41 to play. Oliver sank a 17-footer and came up with a key block during that spurt and Nevada got it down to four on a put-back by Caroline with 9:56 remaining.

But Iowa State woke up the crowd with nine straight -- including a wide-open 3 from Matt Thomas -- to go up 13 with 7:15 to play -- and after Nevada again cut the deficit to seven, Mitrou-Long buried a 3-pointer with 4:48 left.

And still, the Wolf Pack wasn't done. Nevada trimmed the Cyclones' lead to five with three minutes left but could not get over the hump; Iowa State had an answer every time and advances to face Purdue Saturday for a trip to the Sweet 16.

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