No. 21 Iowa State Faces Road Test At BYU
AMES, Iowa - No. 21 Iowa State faces a tough road test when it hits the road to face BYU Wednesday night at the Marriott Center in Provo, Utah. Tipoff is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. (CT) with ESPNU broadcasting the game.
Where: Provo, Utah - Marriott Center (20,900)
When: Wednesday, Nov. 20, 8:30 p.m. CST
Radio: Cyclone Radio Network/Learfield
Talent: John Walters (PxP), Eric Heft (Color)
Talent: Roxy Bernstein (PxP), Miles Simon (Color)
Live Stats: Live stats will be available at cyclones.com.
Live Blog: Matt Shoultz, assistant director of athletics communications, will be holding a live blog during the game at Cyclones.com. Fans are encouraged to participate in the blog by asking questions.
- No. 21 Iowa State (3-0, 0-0) faces its first road test Wednesday night when it travels to Provo, Utah to face BYU (4-0). It marks the earliest road contest out of the state of Iowa for the Cyclones since 2007-08 when they traveled to Bradley (Nov. 14; L, 65-56). ISU is looking to start 4-0 for the third time in four years under head coach Fred Hoiberg.
- Iowa State, which is 5-0 all-time against BYU, jumped back into the rankings following Sunday’s win over then-No. 7 Michigan. It is the first national ranking for the Cyclones since late in the 2011-12 season and the highest national ranking since 2000-01 season when ISU won the Big 12.
- The win over Michigan matched the highest-ranked nonconference opponent ISU has ever defeated at Hilton Coliseum.
- Against Michigan, senior preseason All-Big 12 pick Melvin Ejim returned to the lineup after missing two games (hyperextended knee). Ejim made a big splash in his season debut. He finished with a game-high 22 points and also grabbed nine boards and three steals in 28 minutes to earn Big 12 Player of the Week honors.
- The Cyclones have won both Big 12 Player of the Week honors this season with Ejim winning this week and Naz Long taking the season’s first award after an 8-of-11 performance from behind the arc against UNCW.
- Iowa State’s offensive attack has been very balanced this season. The Cyclones have had a different leading scorer and five players in double figures in each game this season. The Cyclones’ top seven players are each averaging at least 7.3 points per game.
- The Cyclones are second in the Big 12 averaging 18.3 assists per game. DeAndre Kane (T-3rd, 5.7) and Georges Niang (T-8th, 4.0) rank among the top-15 in the league.
- Iowa State is shooting 41.6 percent from behind the arc, despite a 6-of-20 shooting night vs. Michigan. Four of Iowa State’s top seven players are shooting at least 42 percent from long range, including Long who is leading the Big 12 shooting 65 percent (13-of-20).
- Kane, who will be playing in his 100th career game (96 at Marshall) has been a stat sheet filler for the Cyclones, averaging 13.7 points, 7.7 rebounds and 5.7 assists. Kane is the only player in the Big 12 averaging at least 13-7-5.
Iowa State vs. Michigan Recap
- Iowa State scored one of its biggest nonconference wins in school history Sunday when it defeated No. 7 Michigan 77-70 at Hilton Coliseum.
- ISU is known for its 3-point shooting, but against Michigan the Cyclones found a way to grind it out despite shooting just 6-of-20 from behind the arc. Naz Long (16 points) hit on four of those threes (4-of-6).
- Melvin Ejim returned after missing two games (hyperextended knee) to lead all scorers with 22 points to go along with nine boards and three steals. Ejim hit 8-of-14 field goals and 5-of-6 free throws and earned Big 12 Player of the Week honors for his effort.
- The Cyclones had five players in double figures for the third time in as many games this season.
Dustin Hogue reached double-digits for the third game in a row to start his career. Hogue finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds to record his first career double-double.
- DeAndre Kane also reached double figures for the third time. Kane continues to fill the stat sheet, finishing with 13 points, six assists and five rebounds.
- After a slow start to the game, Georges Niang took advantage of a mismatch and scored six points in the final four minutes of the game to help seal the win for the Cyclones. Niang finished with 10 points.
- The Cyclones battled back from a nine point deficit in the first half to lead at halftime (35-34) and an eight point deficit with 12:47 left in the game.
Series Notes vs. BYU
- Iowa State and BYU face off for the sixth time, with the Cyclones holding a 5-0 edge in the all-time series. BYU is one of just six schools that Iowa State has faced at least five times without a loss.
- Iowa State is 1-0 vs. the Cougars in games played in Provo, but has yet to face the Cougars at the Marriott Center.
- Provo, Utah is 4,553 feet above sea level. By comparison, Boulder, Colo. is at 5,430.
- The teams met last season, with Iowa State earning an 83-62 win over the Cougars at Hilton Coliseum.
Will Clyburn hit 9-of-16 shots to lead the Cyclones with a career-high 32 points. Melvin Ejim scored 13 points and grabbed a team-high eight boards and Korie Lucious finished with 12 points and nine assists.
- The Cyclones used a great defensive effort, primarily from Chris Babb, to limit Tyler Haws to just nine points on 4-of-13 shooting. It was his second fewest points in a game all season (1 at Gonzaga).
- BYU head coach Dave Rose was an associate head coach with the Cougars in the 2000 meeting between the schools. Rose was a member of the 1983 University of Houston Phi Slamma Jamma team that lost to N.C. State in the NCAA championship game.
- Iowa State is 11-1 all-time vs. West Coast Conference schools. Its only loss was to Santa Clara, 78-62 in Lahaina, Hawaii (Nov. 25, 1990).
- BYU’s Haws was a high school teammate of former Cyclone Justin Hamilton at Lone Peak H.S. in Alpine, Utah. Hamilton played two seasons at ISU (2008-09 & 2009-10) before transferring to LSU. He was the 45th player taken in the 2012 NBA Draft.
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