ISU Uses A Little "Magic" In Win Over OSU, 85-81
AMES, Iowa – I guess you can chalk it up to Hilton Magic once again. Against the ropes numerous times, No. 16 Iowa State (23-7, 11-7 Big 12) came away with a miraculous 85-81 overtime win over Oklahoma State (21-10, 8-10 Big 12) Saturday afternoon in Hilton Coliseum.
Finding one hero in this one is virtually impossible. However, it was Naz Long who gave the Cyclones a chance by draining a desperation 3-pointer at the end of regulation to tie the score at 71-71 and force overtime.
With Melvin Ejim and Georges Niang fouled out in the overtime period, DeAndre Kane and Long stepped up by carrying the Cyclone load. The Cyclones made six of their final seven free-throws down the stretch to seal the win.
Kane was brilliant, leading the way with 27 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the field on senior night. Niang added 22 points and Long had 14 points, all after intermission. Marcus Smart led OSU with 27 points.
The Cyclone victory was achieved after falling behind by as many as 16 points in the second half. ISU actually took a six-point lead (63-57) with 4:26 remaining in regulation, but failed to score a field goal until Long’s prayer at the horn.
Melvin Ejim, playing in his final home game, tallied 12 points and eight rebounds before fouling out with under four minutes left in regulation. He became just the fourth player in Big 12 history to record 1,500 points and 1,000 rebounds in a career.
Keys to the Game
Second Half Shooting. Iowa State was bogged down by poor shooting in the first half while falling behind, 32-25. ISU made just 36.7 percent of its shots in the first half. The second half, however, was a different story, as the Cyclones shot 18-of-33 from the field (54.5 percent) after intermission.
ISU was 3-of-5 from the floor and 8-of-12 from the free-throw line in the overtime period.
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Cyclone Game Ball Goes to…
Naz Long. He didn’t score as many points as his teammates, but for the second time this season Naz Long hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to force overtime vs. the Oklahoma State Cowboys. He did it in Stillwater over a month ago, and he did it again Saturday afternoon.
Long’s trey at the horn was close to 30-feet, and for the second time this season vs. OSU, eventually led to a Cyclone victory. Long scored all of his 14 points after intermission.
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*Melvin Ejim played in his 129th career game, breaking the school record for most games played in.
*Ejim grabbed eight rebounds to give him 1,007 in his career. He is now the fourth player in Big 12 history and just the second player in ISU history to record 1,500 points and 1,000 rebounds in a career.
*Ejim scored 12 points to move past Craig Brackins at No. 12 on ISU’s all-time scoring list with 1,547 career points.
*Ejim has been a part of 83 wins in his career, tying with Jacy Holloway (1994-97) for the most wins for an ISU player in school history.
*DeAndre Kane dished out eight assists tonight. He now has 177 assists this season to rank 10th on ISU’s season list.
*Kane scored in double figures (27) for the 26th time this season.
*ISU is now 47-4 in Hilton Coliseum in the last three years.
*The 16-point second-half comeback win is the fifth-largest comeback in school history.
*Fred Hoiberg now has 85 wins in his first four years, the best four-year win total in school history.
Tweet of the Game
Iowa State travels to Kansas City to play in the Big 12 Championship, March 12-15. Opponents and game times are yet to be determined.