Abdel Nader – a junior transfer from Northern Illinois – added a
season-high 19 points off the bench for Iowa State (7-1). Georges
Niang scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half while Dustin
Hogue contributed 13 points and 13 rebounds for the Cyclones, who
played without second-leading scorer Bryce Dejean-Jones, who was
suspended following his arrest Wednesday night on three
misdemeanors, including marijuana possession.
Aaron White score 18 points and Peter Jok had 14 off the bench as
the only players in double figures for Iowa (8-3). Jarrod Uthoff and
Mike Gesell contributed nine points apiece for the Hawkeyes.
Niang missed his first six shots and was scoreless until hitting a
jumper with 2:59 left in the first half to break a 31-31 tie and the
Cyclones eventually took a five-point lead into the half. They
doubled that advantage just over two minutes after the break en
route to starting the second half on a 21-2 run and Iowa never got
back within single digits.
Iowa took early leads of 3-2 and 7-5 before falling behind by as
many as seven, but came back to tie the score at 28-28 on White’s
layup with 4:13 left in the first half. The Hawkeyes rallied to tie
the score once more on Jok’s 3-pointer, but Niang’s first bucket of
the game put Iowa State on top for good.
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GAME NOTEBOOK: Iowa’s previous season high in points was 71 and the
Hawkeyes had limited their last five opponents to 55 points or
fewer. … Iowa State G Monte Morris, who entered Friday sixth in the
nation in assist-to-turnover ratio, finished with 14 points, six
assists and one turnover. … Iowa State improved to 7-0 this season
when leading at the half.
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