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.
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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