DAYTON, Ohio -- Georges Niang scored 19 points and Melvin Ejim added 17 lifting No. 10 seed Iowa State to a convincing 76-58 victory over No. 7 seed Notre Dame in a second-round NCAA Tournament game played Friday night at University of Dayton Arena. The Cyclones (23-11) advance to face No. 2 seed Ohio State in the third round Sunday at Dayton. Notre Dame (25-10) was led by Jack Cooley and Tom Knight who each scored 14 points. Jerian Grant added nine points for the Irish. Iowa State, the nation's top 3-point shooting team, didn't need to rely on its perimeter shooting Friday night. The Cyclones made nine 3-pointers, but they were just as effective within the arc. And the Cyclones defense, which forced 17 turnovers and had four steals, never allowed Notre Dame's offense to get in sync. Iowa State used an 8-0 run beginning with Will Clyburn's layup at the end of the first half to go ahead 41-25 early in the second half. Niang, who had just six points in the first half, scored seven consecutive points making the score 51-33. Korie Lucious hit a 3-pointer to give Iowa State its largest lead, 57-37, with 11:24 left. With the game in hand late in the second half, the 3-pointers began to fall again for Iowa State. Back-to-back Tyrus McGee put the Cyclones ahead by 27 points with 7:58 left. Bubu Palo hit a 3-pointer to make the score 74-47. NOTES: It was the second meeting between Iowa State and Notre Dame. The Irish won the only other meeting, 87-77, in South Bend in 1979. ... This is the first the Irish have qualified for four straight NCAA Tournaments since making six straight trips from 1985-90. ... Iowa State made 10 or more 3-pointers in 19 games this year. ... The Cyclones made their 15th NCAA Tournament appearance and earned their second straight tournament berth for the first time since 2001.
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