AM-1300 KGLO — Iowa men vs. North Carolina Central — pre-game 7:00, tipoff 8:00
IOWA CITY — The Iowa Hawkeye men return to action tonight by hosting North Carolina Central. The Hawkeyes are 2-0 and coach Fran McCaffery likes the way the younger players have developed.
Iowa beat the Eagles by 30 a year ago but McCaffery says it is an experienced team despite losing a number of players off that team.
The Hawkeyes have two weeks before a difficult stretch of the schedule begins.
Tipoff at Carver-Hawkeye Arena is scheduled for 8 o’clock, with the pregame starting at 7 o’clock on AM-1300 KGLO.
AMES — Iowa State coach T.J. Otzelberger has been pleased with the effort as the Cyclones get ready to host Alabama State tonight. ISU is 2-0 and Otzelberger says it all begins with good defense.
Otzelberger says the Cyclones have too many turnovers in two games.
The Cyclones are just 15 of 51 from three point range but Otzelberger expects that area to improve.
Tipoff tonight is scheduled for 7 o’clock at Hilton Coliseum.
AMES — The 14th-ranked Iowa State women outscored South Dakota State 21-9 in the second quarter and rolled to a 75-56 win in Ames. Lexi Donarski led the Cyclones with 22 points as ISU took control after a sluggish opening quarter.
Ashley Joens added 17 as the Cyclones avenged last season’s loss to the Jackrabbits.
Next up for Iowa State is a trip to visit Drake on Thursday.
DES MOINES — The Drake University women’s basketball team settled in defensively after a rocky start, but had to come from too far back and lost to South Dakota 61-46 at the Knapp Center on Monday night. Mason City native Megan Meyer and Maggie Bair led Drake with 10 points each, while Grace Berg had eight points, six rebounds and three steals. Bair added five rebounds, two steals and two blocks and Meyer had a team-best three assists. Drake drops to 1-1 and will host Iowa State on Thursday.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Chris Paul scored 19 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter, Devin Booker had 29 and the Phoenix Suns beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 99-96 for their ninth straight win. Deandre Ayton had 22 points and 12 rebounds in his return to the Suns after missing five games with a right lower leg contusion. Booker made one of two foul shots with 16.1 seconds to give the Suns a 98-96 lead. Minnesota’s D’Angelo Russell missed a 3-point and Anthony Edwards couldn’t control an offensive rebound. Booker made another free throw and the Timberwolves’ last-second heave was short. Karl-Anthony Towns had 35 points and 13 rebounds for Minnesota, which has lost eight of nine.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The NBA has fined the Minnesota Timberwolves $250,000 for violating league rules that prohibit teams from arranging or paying for offseason practice or group workout sessions for their players outside their home market. The league said the activities took place in early September in the Miami area, where new co-owner Alex Rodriguez resides. The team and players posted several photos and videos to social media during the trip, which took place about two weeks before president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas was fired.