No. 14 Iowa State Defeats Boise State, 70-66
The Cyclones did not lead or have a tie during the entire first half and finally got in front at the 13:45 mark of the second half on a Melvin Ejim put back. Despite never having a lead of more than six points, Iowa State was able to hold on to the lead for the rest of the game via some clutch baskets from DeAndre Kane and free throws with Boise State fouling to get back into the game.
Keys to the Game
Iowa State, down seven at the half, got on a 5-0 run to immediately put the pressure on Boise State. The Broncos were able to resist for a little bit before turning it over on a carry. Iowa State went down the court and saw DeAndre Kane drain a 14-foot jumper and get fouled to reduce BSU’s lead to one point. Looking for ISU’s first tie since it was 0-0, Kane missed the free throw, but Melvin Ejim was on the double to get the rebound and the put back and give Iowa State its first lead of the game at 44-43 with 13:45 to go in the game.
The Cyclones held onto the lead, but through the next eight minutes of game play, Iowa State was only able to get a lead as large as four points before Georges Niang went to the line and converted a pair of free throws to give the Cyclones their first five-point lead of the game at 58-53.
The Broncos would not go away as they rode the efforts of Derrick Marks, who scored his 20th point of the game with a 3-pointer to tie the game at 60-60 with 4:11 left. Dustin Hogue made a free throw to restore Iowa State’s lead at 61-60, which was followed by a Boise State turnover. Iowa State added to its lead as Kane put away a free throw to give ISU a two-point advantage. Boise was unable to tie or re-take the lead which opened the door for Kane to hit a big 3-pointer, his fourth of the game, to put Iowa State ahead 65-60.
Boise State needed to foul get back into the game, but Iowa State showed its mental toughness at the free throw line by converting 13 of its final 16 free throw attempts.
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Cyclone Game Ball Goes to…
DeAndre Kane. When Iowa State has struggled in the first half this season, there has always been someone who stood out and helped keep the Cyclones in contact while the rest of his teammates found his way into the game.
Today that role was played by Kane, who recorded 10 points in the first half. With ISU struggling from 3-point range it was Kane, who had only made multiple 3-pointers in a game once this season, which broke the slump by making two 3-pointers late in the first half.
Kane made the big shot of the game with Iowa State up 62-60 as he hit a deep 3-pointer to give ISU a 65-60 advantage.
The senior finished the game with a season-high 23 points on 8-of-14 shooting, 4-of-6 from 3-point range. Kane also contributed five rebounds and two assists.
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*Iowa State has started the season 11-0 for the first time in school history. ISU’s previous best start to a season was 10-0 in 1996-97.
*Iowa State played on Christmas Day for the second time in school history. ISU is now 2-0 all-time on Dec. 25, the other game being a win over Saint Louis in 1997 at a tournament in Puerto Rico.
*The Cyclones were able to come back from a deficit of at least 10 points for the fourth time this season (at BYU, UNI and Iowa).
*DeAndre Kane was named the MVP of the Diamond Head Classic All-Tournament Team. Melvin Ejim and Georges Niang also made the All-Tournament Team.
*DeAndre Kane scored in double-figures for the ninth time this season and had his third 20-point effort of the campaign with a season-high 23 points.
*Kane converted multiple 3-pointers for the second time this season, the other instance coming in ISU’s win over Kansas City.
*Kane’s four 3-pointers were a season-high. He had five total 3-pointers in ISU’s first 10 games.
*Georges Niang has scored in double figures in nine games this season, and 32nd time in his career with 16 points.
*Dustin Hogue recorded 13 points, posting at least 10 points for the ninth time this season.
*Melvin Ejim finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Ejim had a double-double in all three games of the Diamond Head Classic.
Tweet of the Game
Iowa State has proven time and time again that they can take a punch. Cyclones have shown tremendous resolve multiple times this year.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) December 26, 2013
No. 14 Iowa State will return to Hilton Coliseum on Tuesday when they wrap up the non-conference slate with a New Year’s Eve showdown against Northern Illinois. The game will tip-off at 6 p.m. and be shown on Cyclones.TV Powered by Mediacom.