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Late Buckets Seal Cyclone Victory, 70-64

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Release: 02/15/2014
         
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AMES, Iowa – No. 11 Iowa State (19-5, 7-5 Big 12) held off Texas Tech’s (13-12, 5-7 Big 12) rally in a 70-64 victory Saturday afternoon in Hilton Coliseum.

The Red Raiders came all the way back from an 18-point second-half deficit to go ahead 62-61 with 3:04 remaining in the game.

But the Cyclones kept their composure. ISU scored on five of its last six possessions, including three-straight buckets to go ahead by five points (67-62) with 1:25 left in the game.

DeAndre Kane and Georges Niang each tallied 17 points in the win.

Both teams were sharp from the beginning, as the game was knotted at 20-20 with 10:10 left in the first half. ISU was 9-of-14 from the floor (64.3 percent) compared to Tech’s 53.8 percent (7-13). The Red Raiders were able to stay close thanks to an early 9-3 advantage on the glass.

A 7-0 run gave the Cyclones a 31-25 lead with 4:03 remaining in the first half. The run was capped off by a transition pull-up trey from Naz Long, his third of the opening period.

The Cyclones ended the half on an 8-0 flurry to go into the break ahead 39-29. Niang had five points in the run, including a long trey with under 0:20 seconds left.

A Dustin Hogue bucket put ISU up by 18 points (51-33), but Tech quickly went on an 8-0 run, as the Cyclones got a little careless for a stretch.

Moments later, it was just a five-point Cyclone lead (53-48), but Ejim scored on a putback and then followed the hoop with a monster dunk via a feed from Monte Morris, who started the break with a steal to make it 57-48 ISU.

As Ejim and Hogue each picked up their fourth fouls and went to the bench, the Cyclones started to struggle. ISU failed to score on six-straight possessions to allow Tech to cut the gap to just one point at 57-56 with under six minutes remaining.

Jaye Crockett gave the Red Raiders their first lead of the second half at 3:04 mark with a putback to make it 62-61.

ISU then made the plays down the stretch.

Keys to the Game
Composure. Many teams would have hit the panic button after blowing an 18-point second-half lead. The Cyclones didn’t, however. After Tech came all the way back to take the lead with three minutes left, ISU got stops and scored buckets on three-straight possessions by Ejim, Matt Thomas and Niang.

It was the cushion the Cyclones needed for the victory.

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Cyclone Game Ball Goes to…
DeAndre Kane Kane ran the show with authority, dishing out nine assists and tallying 17 points. Kane, who had seven first-half assists, also had eight rebounds.

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Cyclone Notes
*DeAndre Kane had nine assists, the 17th time this season with five or more assists.
*Naz Long drained four 3-pointers on 7 attempts. Long was 2-of-18 from 3-point range in his previous six games.
*ISU had just seven turnovers, the seventh time this season ISU has had less than 10 turnovers in a game.
*Melvin Ejim recorded his 114th career start, tying for fourth all-time with Gary Thompkins (1985-88).
*Ejim scored 13 points, moving past Ron Harris to No. 15 on ISU’s career scoring list with 1,453 points.
*Niang has scored in double figures in 10-straight games.
*Monte Morris had seven rebounds, tying his career high.
*Iowa State is the only team in the nation to score 70 points or more in every game.
*Iowa State shot above 50 percent (51.9 percent) for the 10th time this season.
*ISU is now 44-4 in Hilton Coliseum the last three seasons.

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On Deck
Iowa State plays host to Texas Tuesday night (Feb. 18) on ESPN2. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. CT.

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