Cyclones Score Huge Road Win At BYU, 90-88
PROVO, Utah – Daniel Edozie blocked Tyler Haws' shot with three seconds left to help No. 21 Iowa State (4-0) preserve a 90-88 win over BYU (4-1) Wednesday night in Provo, Utah. The final minute was frantic for the Cyclones, playing the last 60 ticks without their three star players: DeAndre Kane (ejection), Melvin Ejim (fouled out) and Dustin Hogue (fouled out).
However, sophomore Georges Niang scored three clutch baskets in the final three minutes to keep the Cougars at bay and help the Cyclones record the impressive road victory. It was just the 12th home loss for BYU in the last eight years.
Ejim and Kane both had 21 points in the victory, while Niang chipped in with 19 points.
Keys of the Game
A 19-6 run by the Cougars early in the first half gave the home team a 12-point lead at 36-24. The run was ignited by three-straight buckets by Matt Carlino.
The Cougars still had an 11-point advantage (43-32) late in the first stanza until the Cyclones rattled off 10-straight points behind a pair of triples from Ejim to cut the BYU lead to just one point at 43-42.
BYU went into the break with a 47-42 advantage after Carlino hit a basket at the buzzer, his 12th of the opening period. Ejim had 13 points to lead the Cyclones.
The Cyclones went on an impressive run en route to their first lead of the second half. Matt Thomas buried a deep trey to put ISU up 78-77 with 5:48 left in the game, then an Ejim hoop and a Hogue basket underneath capped off the 20-7 ISU run to increase the Cyclone lead to 82-77.
However, a critical play soon occurred when Kane was called for a flagrant-two foul and was ejected. Haws then buried four-straight free-throws to make it 82-81 ISU with 3:18 remaining.
Niang then came to the rescue with a pair of hoops to put ISU back up by five points, as the Cyclones never relinquished the lead the rest of the way.
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He only played seven minutes, but Daniel Edozie came up with the play of the game by blocking Haws’ shot in the final seconds. He also added two boards.
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Cyclone Quick Hits
*Ejim moved past Jared Homan on Iowa State’s career rebounding list. Ejim now ranks sixth in career rebounding at ISU with 779 boards.
*Ejim’s 21 points gives him 1,081 in his career, moving up two spots to No. 25 on ISU’s career scoring list.
*Ejim recorded his second-straight 20-point game (21 points) and the eighth of his career.
*Ejim tied a career high with three 3-pointers.
*Niang handed out a career-high eight assists and tied a career high in points with 19.
*Kane registered his second double-double of the season with 21 points and 11 rebounds.
*Hogue grabbed 10 caroms, his second-straight double-digit rebounding effort.
*ISU is now 6-0 all-time vs. BYU.
*ISU has won two-straight road games (West Virginia in 2013) for the first time since the 2010-11 season (Iowa, Virginia).
*ISU is now 12-1 in the Hoiberg era when scoring 90 points or more.
Fan Tweet Of The Game
Ball cyclones ball...— Jamaal Tinsley (@jatinsley) November 21, 2013
Iowa State returns home to face UMKC on Nov. 25. The game will tip at 7 p.m. on Cyclones.tv.