Cyclones Down Colorado on Senior Night, 95-90
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AMES, Iowa - Iowa State (16-14, 3-12 Big 12) sent its four seniors, Jake Anderson, Diante Garrett, Jamie Vanderbeken and Drew Mitchell, off in style with a back-and-forth thriller against the Colorado Buffaloes (18-12, 7-8 Big 12). The Cyclones prevailed, 95-90, in the final Big 12 Conference regular-season meeting between the teams.
It may have been senior night but it was freshman Calvin Godfrey who was unstoppable on Wednesday. Godfrey had the best game of his Iowa State career in front of a crowd of 10,679, scorching the Colorado defense for his second double-double of the year. Godrey delivered 23 points, a career high, and 11 rebounds.
Also posting his second double-double of the year was Vanderbeken who scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
Garrett improved to second all-time at Iowa State with 600 career assists and fifth all-time for single-season assists with 184. He recorded 16 points to add to his seven assists for the night.
Guard Scott Christopherson, who finished with 17 points, moved into fifth all-time in both career three-pointers made (128) and single-season three-pointers made (83).
Iowa State erupted out of intermission, connecting on seven of its first eight shots to build a 57-47 lead. Vanderbeken got the scoring party started with his first trey of the night which Garrett soon followed with his first three-pointer of the contest.
After allowing the Buffs to close the 10-point gap to 64-64, Iowa State pulled away for good.
Colorado's Alec Burks led the visitors with 24 points and was joined in the above-20 mark by teammate Marcus Relphorde who had 21, largely due to 5-of-10 shooting from beyond the arc.
The Cyclones led by as many as 12 in the first half, up 18-6 with 12:28 to go, but an 18-6 run by the Buffaloes squared the score at 24.
The cold spell continued for the home team until a jumper by Godfrey pulled the Cyclones within three, trailing 35-32, and the Cyclones ended the half on a full-court drive by Garrett who laid it in with four seconds remaining for the 38-37 edge.
Godfrey was the spark throughout the half for Iowa State, scoring a game-high 12 points and adding seven of Iowa State's 23 rebounds. Not only did the home team out-rebound its opponent but it grabbed 14 second-chance points, as opposed to one by Colorado. Burks added 10 points for the visitors.
Iowa State plays its final regular-season game at Kansas State on Saturday, March 4, at 12:45 p.m. CST.