Feb 1, 2014, 8:29 PM EDT
Nothing exemplifies the way that Iowa State wants to play than the biggest shot of Saturday’s game.
Up 73-70 with just under a minute left on the clock, sophomore forward Georges Niang caught a pass 23-feet away from the rim with 22 seconds left on the shot clock, and instead of pulling the ball out and trying to run off a couple more seconds of clock, he fired away.
Niang buried the three, giving him a career-high 27 points, and Melvin Ejim added 22 points and 16 boards as No. 16 Iowa State outlasted No. 23 Oklahoma, 81-75.
The win moved the Cyclones to 4-4 in Big 12 play, while Oklahoma missed a chance to make up a game on first-place Kansas, who fell at Texas on Saturday afternoon.
At this point, the Cyclones aren’t playing for a Big 12 regular season title. Kansas finally lost a game this afternoon, and the Cyclones are still three games off of the pace in the conference standings. Fred Hoiberg’s club is playing for seeding, in both the Big 12 and NCAA tournaments, and the way they can earn a higher seed is by taking care of business at home.
Road wins are not going to be easy to come by in Big 12 play this season, not when there are seven teams at the top of the league that could end up making the NCAA tournament and especially not when you’re a team notorious for your struggles away from home.
Perhaps the best news for Iowa State is that they were able to win this game despite getting an off-night from Deandre Kane, who finished with five points on 2-for-8 shooting. Hoiberg slid Monte Morris into the starting lineup, bringing his sharp-shooters, Naz Long and Matt Thomas, off the bench.
For Oklahoma, it’s tough to be too upset about a loss in Hilton Coliseum.
It is fair to be a bit concerned about Cameron Clark, however. The 6-foot-6 senior has been one of the most improved players in the country this season, but over the last 11 games, Clark has scored in single-digits five times. Part of that is simply the result of reaching league play, where teams know what the senior can do and will be able to better prepare for him.
Apr 24, 2014, 12:35 PM EDT
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Apr 24, 2014, 11:56 AM EDT
Roy Williams is not the world’s greatest dancer.
Apr 24, 2014, 11:25 AM EDT
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Apr 24, 2014, 10:39 AM EDT
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Apr 24, 2014, 12:57 AM EDT
According to multiple reports, former Georgetown big Moses Ayegba has decided to transfer to Nebraska.
Apr 24, 2014, 12:17 AM EDT
According to a report, UConn center Amida Brimah will need to undergo surgery on his left shoulder.
Apr 23, 2014, 10:38 PM EDT
Shaka Smart filled a vacancy on his staff Wednesday, hiring former Vanderbilt assistant David Cason.
Apr 23, 2014, 9:04 PM EDT
Less than a week after making an official visit to the school, it was reported that Malek Harris had committed to Kansas State. But that may not be the case.
Apr 23, 2014, 7:49 PM EDT
Frank Haith announced his coaching staff Wednesday, with the trio combining to have more than 90 seasons of coaching experience.
Apr 23, 2014, 6:33 PM EDT
UConn and Duke will reportedly play each other just before Christmas in New Jersey.
Apr 23, 2014, 5:23 PM EDT
Former St. John’s commit Darrick Wood verbally committed to attend DePaul on Wednesday.
Apr 23, 2014, 4:22 PM EDT
After playing well in Kentucky’s run to the national title game, Dakari Johnson has decided to return for his sophomore season.
Apr 23, 2014, 3:52 PM EDT
LSU should have the pieces to be a tournament team in 2014-2015.
Apr 23, 2014, 2:54 PM EDT
Minnesota landed a commitment from a 6-foot-11 three-star recruit.
Apr 23, 2014, 2:28 PM EDT
Adala Moto was a top 150 recruit in the class of 2012.
Apr 23, 2014, 1:58 PM EDT
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Apr 23, 2014, 12:34 PM EDT
Randle talks favorite NBA players and the one-and-done rule.
Apr 23, 2014, 11:49 AM EDT
Kentucky got some good news on Wednesday afternoon.
Apr 23, 2014, 10:32 AM EDT
He will be eligible immediately.
Apr 23, 2014, 10:03 AM EDT
Not a bad pitch from the UConn star.
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