Long Hits Eight Threes as Iowa State Beats UNCW
AMES, Iowa – It was the Naz Long show as the sophomore hit eight 3-pointers and scored a career-high 26 points to lead Iowa State to a 95-62 win over UNC Wilmington in its season opener Sunday at Hilton Coliseum. The Cyclones were 15-of-31 from behind the arc as a team. With the win Iowa State improves to 1-0 this season, while UNCW falls to 0-2.
Key Moment of the Game
UNC Wilmington closed the Cyclone lead to 14-13 with 10:08 left in the first half. That is when Long and the rest of the Cyclones caught fire, finishing the half on a 38-9 run to go into the break leading by 30 points (52-22).
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While a number of players could go here, this one is a no brainer. Naz Long simply took over the game with his three-point shooting. The sophomore finished with a career-high 26 points on 8-of-11 shooting from behind the arc. After hitting just five threes as a freshman, Long nailed six in the first half and went on to finish with the third-most ever in a game by an Iowa State player. He finished 9-for-12 from the field.
Special mention goes to senior DeAndre Kane, who narrowly missed a triple-double in his ISU debut. The Marshall transfer finished with 13 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists. Georges Niang overcame foul trouble that limited him to six minutes in the first half to finish with 16 points.
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Cyclone Quick Hits
*Iowa State improves to 87-20 in home season openers.
*DeAndre Kane had 10 first-half rebounds and finished with a career-high tying 11. His previous high was vs. Hofstra when he played for Marshall.
*Iowa State has connected on at least 14 three-pointers 10 times under head coach Fred Hoiberg.
*Iowa State went 14-of-19 at the free-throw line.
*DeAndre Kane had Iowa State’s first dunk of the season on an alley-oop from Monté Morris.
Fan Tweet of the Game
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Iowa State returns to action Tuesday evening when it hosts Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 7 p.m. The game will be televised by Cyclones.tv.