Hogue Powers ISU To Win Over Auburn, 99-70
AMES, Iowa – Dustin Hogue posted career highs in points (22) and rebounds (16) to help No. 17 Iowa State (6-0) defeat Auburn (4-2), 99-70 Monday night in the Big 12-SEC Challenge in Hilton Coliseum.
Hogue missed just two of his 10 shot attempts en route to ISU’s first 20-point/15-rebound performance since Melvin Ejim had 20 points and 16 rebounds at Texas last season. It was Hogue’s second double-double of the year.
Ejim chipped in with his 23rd career double-double with 14 points and 10 boards, as the Cyclones remain unbeaten and begin a season 6-0 for the second time in the Fred Hoiberg era and the 12th time in school history.
After starting the game 0-for-8 from downtown, the Cyclones made 13-of-27 from distance the rest of the way to record their fourth double-digit 3-pointer made performance of the season and the 51st in the four-year Fred Hoiberg era.
ISU led by as many as 35 points in the second half.
Keys of the Game
The Cyclones were down 12-5 in the early going, missing 12 of their first 15 shots. But Hogue quickly sparked the Cyclones with nine points in a 27-5 run to give ISU a 32-17 lead with six minutes left in the opening period.
Hogue had a double-double in the first half with 16 points and 12 boards, as the Cyclones led by as many as 22 points in the first stanza.
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Dustin Hogue was a monster right from the start, achieving a double-double in the first 10 minutes of the contest. Most of Hogue’s points were from offensive putbacks, but he also drained 2-of-3 shots from beyond the arc. Hogue now has three double-digit rebounding efforts on the season.
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Cyclone Quick Hits
*Matt Thomas drilled a career-high four 3-pointers en route to a career-high-tying 14 points.
*Naz Long has made a 3-pointer in all six games this season, hitting three tonight.
*Melvin Ejim’s 14 points pushes him over the 1,100-point mark in his career (1,106) to tie for 24th all-time on ISU’s career scoring list with Scott Christopherson.
*ISU outrebounded AU, 47-36, the fifth time in six games the Cyclones have won the rebounding battle this season.
*ISU has had more assists than turnovers (28/9) in all six games this season.
*ISU’s 28 assists was a season-high.
*ISU had two players with double-doubles (Hogue, Ejim) for the first time since Drake last season (Ejim, Will Clyburn).
*ISU had five players in double-digit scoring (Ejim, Thomas, Hogue, Morris, Long) for the fifth time in five games this season.
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Iowa State will face UNI in the Big Four Classic Saturday (Dec. 7) at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. Tipoff is at 5 p.m. CT.