Daniels hit 10-of-15 shots and Shabazz Napier added four
3-pointers en route to 19 points for seventh-seed Connecticut
(29-8), which plays fourth-seed Michigan State in the Elite
Eight on Sunday. The Huskies led by 17 points with a little more
than 14 minutes remaining and withstood a late rally by Iowa
State (28-8) by hitting 11-of-12 free throws in the final 47
Dustin Hogue led the third-seed Cyclones with a career-high 34
points on 15-of-19 shooting from the field, but Iowa State
leading scorer Melvin Ejim struggled through a miserable night
from the field, finishing with seven points on 3-of-13 shooting.
Iowa State shot just 6-for-15 from the free throw line.
Daniels’ 3-pointer staked Connecticut to a 49-32 advantage early
in the second half, but the Cyclones rallied with a 24-14 spurt
– 21 of the points coming from Hogue and Kane – to draw within
63-56 on Kane’s 3-pointer with 4:40 to play. Iowa State pulled
within 67-63 on Naz Long’s 3-pointer from the right corner with
2:18 remaining, but Niels Giffey answered with a 3-pointer on
Connecticut’s ensuing possession.
The Huskies shot 51.9 percent from the field in the first half,
hitting 7-of-12 3-point attempts, in building a 36-26 advantage
at intermission. Daniels scored 11 of Connecticut’s first 13
second-half points as the Huskies pushed their lead to 17
GAME NOTEBOOK: The Huskies, who were ineligible for last year’s
NCAA tournament due to academic sanctions, are in the Elite
Eight for the fifth time in the past 11 seasons. … Hogue’s
previous career high was 22 points. … Ryan Boatright added 16
points and Terrence Samuel scored 10 points for Connecticut,
which finished 20-for-22 from the free throw line.
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