ISU Remains Unbeaten in 99-63 Win Over Northern Illinois
AMES, Iowa – No. 13 Iowa State (12-0) shot 58.7 percent from the field and had six players in double figures in a 99-63 rout of Northern Illinois (5-6) Tuesday night in Hilton Coliseum.
Melvin Ejim and Naz Long led the way with 17 points apiece to pace the Cyclone effort. ISU drilled 11 3-pointers in the game, its fifth double-digit 3-point performance of the season.
The Cyclones remain one of eight teams nationally unbeaten at 12-0, establishing the second-best overall winning streak (12 games) and the best start in school history. It also marks the first time ISU went through its non-conference slate unblemished since 1956-57 (8-0).
It was an emotional game for the Cyclones. The Iowa State family lost one of its most iconic figures in the passing of the school’s all-time winningest coach Johnny Orr this morning. The athletics department paid tribute to the legend with a video montage before the game, as head coach Fred Hoiberg, who played three years for Orr, and his team looked on.
The home team fed off the emotion, racing out to a 26-7 lead with under 13 minutes left in opening period. Georges Niang had the hot hand early, scoring 10 of ISU’s first 26 points.
Iowa State led by 20 points (43-23) with 6:27 left in the opening period after a 7-0 run. Dustin Hogue made a trey to fuel the flurry. The Huskies cut the lead to 14 points, but the Cyclones led at the break, 55-34 thanks to a DeAndre Kane alley-oop feed to Ejim who dunked it home.
Iowa State led by over 30 points for most of the second half and never looked back.
Keys to the Game
Iowa State’s hot shooting. The Cyclones made over half of their shots from the floor (37-63) for the sixth time this season at 58.7 percent. ISU shot 61.8 percent as a team in the opening period, as Kane went 4-of-4 and Ejim was 7-of-10.
ISU’s 58.7 percent clip was the best team shooting percentage in a game since drilling 61.5 percent against Alabama A&M on Nov. 12, 2012.
Naz Long and Monte Morris came off the bench to combine for 9-of-14 from the field.
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DeAndre Kane The reigning Big 12 and National Player of the Week continued his torrid pace, falling just two rebounds shy of a triple-double (16 points/12 assists/8 rebounds). It was Kane’s fifth double-double of the season and the 11th of his career.
Kane, who was 5-of-6 from the field, recorded a season-high 12 dimes and notched his 10th double-digit scoring effort of the season.
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*Iowa State has started the season 12-0 for the first time in school history. ISU’s previous best start to a season was 10-0 in 1996-97.
*Iowa State has recorded a perfect non-conference slate for the first time since 1956-57 (8-0).
*Iowa State’s current 12-game winning streak is the second-best string in school history (13: 12/3/99-1/19/00).
*Iowa State had 11 3-pointers, the fifth time the Cyclones have had 10+ treys in a game this season and the 52nd time in the Hoiberg era.
*Melvin Ejim had 17 points, scoring in double figures in all 10 games he’s played in this season.
*Iowa State had six players in double figures (Ejim, Hogue, Niang, Kane, Long, Morris) for the first time since Kansas on Jan. 9, 2013. It marks the sixth time this season ISU had five or more players with 10+ points.
*Iowa State had a season-low five turnovers.
*Iowa State tied a season-high with 28 assists to assist on 28-of-37 baskets.
Tweet of the Game
Coach Orr was a great man and a legend in our profession. He's going to be missed.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) January 1, 2014
Iowa State begins Big 12 Conference play this weekend, traveling to Lubbock, Texas to face Texas Tech on Saturday (Jan. 4). Tipoff is at 12:45 p.m. CT on the Big 12 Network.