AMES, Iowa (AP) - Point guard Korie Lucious scored a season-high 17 points, Tyrus McGee added 16 off the bench and Iowa State beat Florida Gulf Coast 83-72 on Tuesday night.
Melvin Ejim chipped in with 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Cyclones (6-2), who've won two in a row ahead of Friday's showdown in Iowa City with the rival Hawkeyes.
Iowa State pushed a slim halftime lead to 62-46 early in the second half and went on a late 15-4 run to put the Eagles out of reach.
Chase Fieler had a game-high 18 points to lead Florida Gulf Coast (6-4), which had won two in a row.
Florida Gulf Coast plays in the low-major Atlantic Sun and isn't much of a name nationally.
But so far, the Eagles have fared pretty well against some pretty good competition.
FGCU opened the year with a 12-point win over Miami of the ACC. The Eagles also scared No. 2 Duke in the first half and hung tough with St. John's during their best start since joining Division I in 2007.
They had their way with the Cyclones early.
The Eagles pushed the tempo on Iowa State, scrapping their way to a 29-22 lead on their fifth made 3 in the first 15 minutes. But McGee, who has grown from a spark off the bench to indispensable in his senior season, buried a 3 to tie it at 29-all and force an Eagles timeout.
Will Clyburn capped the 15-1 run with a 3 from the corner and Iowa State went into the break up 41-37.
Lucious, who came in shooting just 31 percent from 3-point range, hit two in a row - and Melvin Ejim's putback and layup gave the Cyclones their first comfortable lead, 58-46.
McGee then stepped back for a long fadeaway 3 that put Iowa State ahead by 16 with 12:40 left.
Bernard Thompson had 15 points and eight assists for the Eagles.
The Cyclones now turn their attention to Iowa in what promises to be the most anticipated matchup with the Hawkeyes in nearly a decade.