No. 13 Iowa State Improves to 13-0 at Texas Tech
Keys to the Game
With less than a minute left in the first half, Iowa State took its biggest lead of the game at 44-27. However, combined with the end of the first half and the start of the second half, Texas Tech fought its way back into the game with a 18-4 run to reduce the ISU lead to 48-45.
A pair of DeAndre Kane free throws increased the ISU lead to 50-45, but the Red Raiders responded again and Jaye Crockett hit a 3-pointer at the top of the key to tie the game at 50-50 and get the United Spirit Arena crowd on its feet.
Iowa State was able to get back ahead as DeAndre Kane recorded his fourth steal of the afternoon and dished to Monté Morris for a lay-in and a foul to re-establish ISU’s lead at 53-50. After multiple dry possessions for each side, Melvin Ejim hit a 3-pointer to expand the ISU lead to 56-50. Iowa State’s next possession result in a Naz Long lay-in to make the ISU lead eight points.
In the early stages of the first half, the key for the Cyclones was balanced scoring. All of ISU’s starting five got involved early, with Georges Niang hitting a 3-pointer and all the other starters chipping in two points in the first five minutes of the contest.
After the Cyclones got its first double-figures lead of the game on a Matt Thomas 3-pointer to make the score 29-18, the Red Raiders battled back with a 6-0 run to reduce the ISU lead to 29-24. Iowa State re-took control of the game with a 15-3 run capped off by another Thomas 3-pointer with 45 seconds left in the half to give ISU its largest lead of the game at 44-27. Tech’s Jordan Tolbert got a dunk to TTU’s last possession to put the halftime score at 44-29.
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DeAndre Kane. Even with the slump in the middle of the contest, the contest was very balanced with many Cyclones contributing at some point in the game. However, it was Kane who was able to make the biggest impact in multiple areas of the game.
Kane finished the game with 15 points on only seven field goal attempts as the senior went 9-of-13 from the free throw line. He also contributed six assists and was vital to Iowa State only committing five turnovers for the second consecutive game.
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*Iowa State tied a school record with its 13th consecutive win (1999-00).
*Iowa State's all-time program record now stands at 1,253-1,253. This is the first time the record has been at .500 since the Cyclones started 1-1 in its first season in 1908.
*Iowa State has had at least four players score in double figures in each game this season.
*All of Iowa State’s starting five scored in the first five minutes of the game.
*Melvin Ejim started his 103rd career game, tying him with Justus Thigpen for 10th in school history.
*Ejim has scored in double figures in all 11 of his games this season, and 15 straight dating back to last season.
* Monté Morris scored in double figures for the second-consecutive game and fifth time this season.
*Naz Long posted a career high five rebounds.
*Georges Niang has scored in double figures in 11 consecutive games.
*DeAndre Kane posted a season-high four steals on the afternoon.
*Kane scored in double-figures for the 12th time in Iowa State’s 13 games this season.
Fan Tweet of the Game
Kyven Gadson (@ItsShowtime197) January 4, 2014
Iowa State returns to Hilton Coliseum Tuesday for a Big 12 showdown against No. 9 Baylor for a 6 p.m. matchup. The game will be televised on ESPN2.