Cyclones Host Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Tuesday
AMES, Iowa - Iowa State faces Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in a midweek nonconference tilt Tuesday evening at Hilton Coliseum. Cyclones.tv will have the coverage with tipoff scheduled for 7 p.m.
Where: Ames, Iowa - Hilton Coliseum (14,384)
When: Tuesday, Nov. 12, 7 p.m. CST
Radio: Cyclone Radio Network/Learfield
Talent: John Walters (PxP), Eric Heft (Color)
TV: Cyclones.tv powered by Mediacom | Channel Info
Talent: John Walters (PxP), Eric Heft (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.
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- Iowa State (1-0, 0-0) hosts Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (1-0, 0-0) Tuesday night at Hilton Coliseum. The Cyclones are 1-0 all-time against the Islanders.
- Iowa State is playing its 107th season and the fourth under head coach Fred Hoiberg. Hoiberg has led the Cyclones to the NCAA Tournament the last two seasons and is seeking to become the second coach in school history to earn three berths in a row (Tim Floyd, 1995-97). Hoiberg is 62-39 overall at Iowa State.
- The Cyclones won their 16th-straight season opener Sunday night vs. UNCW. Naz Long (26 pts, 8-of-11 3-point shooting) and DeAndre Kane (13 pts, 11 rbs, seven assts) led the way for the Cyclones. No other Big 12 player had more than four threes on opening weekend.
- Iowa State had five players in double figures against the Seahawks. It marked the 21st time in the Hoiberg era that ISU has had at least five players in double-figures. The Cyclones are 18-3 in those games.
- Sophomore Naz Long and senior DeAndre Kane took home Phillips 66 Big 12 Player and Newcomer of the Week awards for their performances in the season opener.
- Iowa State has won its last 14 nonconference home games. The last loss against a nonconference opponent at home came on Nov. 30, 2011 to UNI in Hoiberg’s second season as head coach.
- Iowa State is playing without senior preseason All-Big 12 pick Melvin Ejim, who suffered a hyperextended left knee and bone bruise in practice on Oct. 30. He is expected to miss 4-6 weeks and his 25-game consecutive start streak came to an end against UNCW.
- Hoiberg (99-19) is looking for his 100th win in Hilton Coliseum as a player (53-10) and coach (46-9).
- Iowa State connected on 15-of-32 threes in the season opener, despite starting just 1-of-8. It was the fourth time in the Hoiberg era that the Cyclones have hit 15+ treys in a game and the 48th game with 10+ threes.
- Iowa State’s starters went 13-of-16 at the free throw line against UNCW. Kane (5-5) and Niang (4-4) were perfect at the charity stripe, while Dustin Hogue went 4-of-7. The entire team was 14-of-19. The Cyclones shot 73.1 percent last season at the charity stripe.
Iowa State vs. UNC Wilmington Recap
- Iowa State used a 38-9 run to close the first half and take control of Sunday’s season opener against UNC Wilmington. The Cyclones won the game 95-62 behind a 52.4 percent field-goal percentage.
- The Cyclones started the game 1-for-8 from behind the arc, but finished 15-for-32 from long distance, including an exceptional 8-for-11 performance from sophomore Naz Long. Long added another field goal to finish with 26 points, well above his previous career-high of seven points as a freshman.
- DeAndre Kane narrowly missed a triple-double in his Cyclone debut, finishing with 13 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists. Kane, who entered the season as a career 58.8 percent shooter, went 5-for-5 from the line. If you include the exhibition game, Kane is 12-for-14 from the line.
- The Cyclones had five players in double figures in the game. In addition to Long and Kane, Georges Niang (16), Dustin Hogue (10) and Matt Thomas (10) each finished with double-digit scoring.
- Iowa State dominated the boards, finishing with a 51-32 edge on the glass. Kane’s career-high tying 11 boards led the way. Hogue grabbed nine rebounds while Niang and Daniel Edozie grabbed six each.
- The Cyclones dished out 21 assists led by Kane’s seven dimes. Freshman Monté Morris was second on the team with four.
- UNC Wilmington shot just 29.7 percent from the field.
- No Iowa State player saw more than 27 minutes of action (Thomas).
- Niang was limited to just six minutes in the first half after picking up two early fouls.
Series notes vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
- Iowa State owns a 1-0 lead in the all-time series against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The Cyclones won that 1999 meeting 86-64 behind Marcus Fizer’s 28 point-17 rebound performance. The game was the championship game of The Tribune Holiday Classic.
- Iowa State is 6-0 all-time against teams from the Southland Conference. The last meeting with a Southland Conference team was in 2009 vs. Houston Baptist (64-56).
- Texas A&M-Corpus Christi beat Huston-Tillotson, 79-45, Friday night in its season opener. John Jordan led the way with 21 points, six boards, six assists and three steals. 6-10 post Zane Knowles had 12 points and 18 boards in just 24 minutes of action for the Islanders, who shot 50.9 percent from the field and owned a 53-33 edge on the glass.
- The Islanders, who went just 6-23 last season, are led by junior guard Jordan. Jordan averaged 12.8 points and was second in the league with 5.5 assists as a sophomore and was named preseason All-Southland Conference heading into this season.
Thomas In Rare Company
- True freshman Matt Thomas started at guard in ISU’s season-opening win vs. UNCW.
Since freshmen were allowed to become eligible in the 1972-73 season, only 20 Cyclone rookies have ever started the season-opener...Thomas had 10 points, four rebounds and three assists.
- Melvin Ejim was the last ISU freshman to start in the first game of the year, recording 10 points and four boards vs. Northern Arizona on Nov. 12, 2010.
- Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg is one of the 20 Cyclone freshmen to start in their debut, recording 15 points vs. Maryland-Eastern Shore (Nov. 24, 1991).
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