AMES, Iowa – Hilton Magic struck again as Iowa State stunned No. 7 Michigan with a 77-70 victory Sunday in front of a sold-out Hilton Coliseum. In his first game of the 2013-14 season, Melvin Ejim led Iowa State with 22 points and nine rebounds in 28 minutes of action. He led five Cyclones in double-figures.
Keys of the Game
It was a moment that was talked about from the beginning of the season: when the return of Melvin Ejim would happen after it was announced that Iowa State’s star forward would be out for four-to-six weeks. Through hard work and dedication on and off-the-court, Ejim accelerated his return and was available off the bench for today’s game.
Early in the first half, Ejim came to the scorer’s table to a rousing standing ovation from the Hilton Coliseum faithful. He came back like he never left. Ejim led Iowa State with 22 points, only one off his career-high 23 points, and nine rebounds.
What helped close the game late was the play of Georges Niang. Restricted to a quiet day due to foul trouble, Niang made the most noise in the final four minutes of the game when the Cyclones were trying to restrict the Wolverine comeback. He had six points and a rebound.
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Melvin Ejim. On his first game of the 2013-14 season, the Preseason All-Big 12 selection put forward one of the most memorable performances of his career. The senior came off the bench to score 22 points, one shy of his career-high 23, and nine rebounds in only 28 minutes of play.
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Cyclone Quick Hits
*The win over No. 7 Michigan matches the highest-ranked nonconference opponent ISU has defeated in Hilton Coliseum (No. 7 Iowa, 1987)
*Iowa State has had five players score in double figures each of the first three games. It has been a different combination of players each time.
*Melvin Ejim scored in double figures for the 54th time in his career after returning from knee injury.
*Ejim’s 22 points marked his seventh career 20-point game.
Iowa State hits the road for the first time this season Wednesday when it travels to Provo, Utah for a road test against BYU. The game will be televised by ESPNU with tipoff set for 8:30 p.m. (CT).