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Iowa State 93, North Carolina Central 75

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[March 22, 2014]  SAN ANTONIO  Iowa State 93, North Carolina Central 75: Georges Niang scored 24 points but was lost for the rest of the NCAA tournament after suffering a fractured right foot in the Cyclones' second-round rout of the Eagles in San Antonio.

Melvin Ejim added 17 points and eight rebounds for third-seeded Iowa State (27-7), which shot 63.6percent from the field, including 9-of-17 from 3-point range. Dustin Hogue and Monte Morris added 15 points apiece while DeAndre Kane had14 points, seven rebounds and five assists for the Cyclones, who will face North Carolina on Sunday in the East regional.

Jeremy Ingram scored 28 points for14th-seeded North Carolina Central (28-6), which had its 20-game winning streak snapped. Karamo Jawara added 16 points while Emanuel Chapman chipped in with 10 for the Eagles, who hit just 5-of-16 from 3-point range.

The first half was tight, with seven lead changes and six ties, as the Eagles showed no signs of being intimidated. Ejim's dunk with 4:12 to play gave the Cyclones an eight-point lead, but North Carolina Central rallied to within one before Iowa State scored the last five points of the half for a six-point advantage.

Things were much different after halftime as the Cyclones turned a nine-point game into a 20-pointaffair, going on an 11-0 run midway through the half to turn the contest into a rout. A 7-0 run by North Carolina Central pulled it within 16 with 5:15 to go, but Naz Long hit a 3-pointer and the Eagles went on to their first loss since Jan. 11.

GAME NOTEBOOK: North Carolina Central coach LeVelle Moton coached just days after his 1-year-old son suffered burns after spilling hot coffee on his face. Iowa State improved to 15-15 all-time in the NCAA tournament. The Cyclones dominated the boards 34-24.

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