Iowa State In Finals After Win Over No. 10 Kansas
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Georges Niang scored 14 of his 25 points in the second half to lead No. 16 Iowa State (25-7 overall, 11-7 Big 12) to a 94-83 win over No. 10 Kansas (24-9, 14-4 Big 12) Friday night in the semifinals of the Big 12 Championship in Kansas City, Mo.
Iowa State was virtually flawless in the second half, making 17-of-25 shots from the field (68.0 percent), led by Niang, who was 7-of-10 from the floor after intermission.
Niang received help from DeAndre Kane, who tied a career-high with five 3-pointers en route to 20 points.
The Cyclones, who won their school-record eighth game vs. a ranked opponent this season, will play in the Big 12 Championship game tomorrow night for the first time since winning it in 2000.
Iowa State jumped out to an early 18-9 lead with outstanding shooting. The Cyclones made 7-of-12 from the floor to begin the game, while KU began 5-of-17. Kane hit a pair of 3-pointers to help ISU get out in front.
The Jayhawks soon heated up, going on a 16-0 run to go up 32-23. Perry Ellis scored seven points in the flurry, which was aided by a technical foul call on Fred Hoiberg when he came out onto the floor for a media timeout.
Melvin Ejim stopped the bleeding with a long 3-pointer to cut the KU lead to 32-26 with seven minutes left in the half.
With KU back up by 10 points (36-26), the Cyclones went on a 17-6 run to go up 43-42. Ejim had seven points in the run. KU led at the break, 48-46 in the up-and-down shootout.
ISU came out the aggressor in the second half, going on a 20-9 to run to open the period. Kane made eight points in the run on a pair of 3-pointers, as the Cyclones led 66-57 with 12:19 left in the contest.
Niang kept the Cyclones in the lead by going to work down low. He scored three-straight hoops on nifty moves to put ISU up 79-68 with 6:20 left in the game.
KU never got closer than seven points the rest of the way.
Keys to the Game
Second-half Scoring Outburst. Iowa State put on a clinic in the second half, gashing the Jayhawk defense for 48 points on 17-of-25 shooting from the field (68.0 percent). Georges Niang was 7-of-10 from the floor in the second half.
For the second day in a row, the Cyclones scored the most points an opponent has given up all season. The Cyclones scored 91 vs. Kansas State last night and 94 vs. Kansas tonight, both season highs for the Wildcats and Jayhawks.
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Cyclone Game Ball Goes to…
DeAndre Kane. Kane was his usual stat-stuffer, recording 20 points, six rebounds and six assists. Where Kane made his biggest contribution was outside shooting. Kane made five-of-six shots from downtown, tying a career high for treys in a game.
It was Kane’s 14th 20-point game of the season.
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*Melvin Ejim played in his 131st career game, the most in school history.
*Ejim scored in double figures for the 25th time this season with 19 points.
*DeAndre Kane had six assists, giving him 185 on the season to rank seventh on ISU’s single-season list.
*Kane tied a career high with five 3-pointers. Kane has made 14-of-24 shots from 3-point range in his last five games.
*Kane recorded his 20th game this season with five or more dimes with six assists tonight.
*Georges Niang scored his 10th 20-point game of the season with 25 points.
*ISU made 11 3-pointers, the 12th time this season and the 59th time in the Hoiberg era (last four years) where the Cyclones have hit 10 or more treys in a game.
*ISU set its school record for most wins vs. ranked opponents in a season with eight.
*ISU tied a school record with three wins over top-10 teams in a season (1985-86).
*Fred Hoiberg now has 87 wins in his first four years, the best four-year win total in school history.
*ISU’s 25 victories ties for second all-time in school history: 32- 1999-2000; 25- 2000-01; 25- 2013-14
*ISU’s second appearance in a Big 12 Championship final (2000) and 12th appearance in a conference tournament championship game (1955, 1959,1962, 1966, 1973, 1974, 1985, 1986, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2014).
*ISU’s first win over Kansas in a conference tournament since defeating KU in the final Big Eight Championship in 1996.
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Iowa State faces Baylor in the Big 12 Championship game tomorrow night at 8 p.m. CT. The game will be televised by ESPN.