Dec. 14, 2013
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AMES, Iowa — It was a game that lived up to the week-long hype, but in the end No. 17 Iowa State made the plays down the stretch to down the 23rd-ranked University of Iowa men’s basketball team, 85-82, in an Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series matchup inside a sold-out Hilton Coliseum.
“We didn’t make the plays or free throws down the stretch to win the game,” said senior Roy Devyn Marble, who finished with 19 points and six assists. “We ended up paying for it. It was a hard-fought game for both teams, and we have to tip our hat to them.”
The Hawkeyes led 82-77 with 1:26 remaining before Iowa State forward Georges Niang made a pair of free throws to make it a three point game with 1:16 to play. Iowa ran the shot clock down on the next possession, but came up empty after Jarrod Uthoff’s jumper was off the mark with 49 seconds left, but junior Aaron White secured the offensive rebound to only have it knocked away and stolen by DeAndre Kane.
“There are a handful of plays that I’ll probably be replaying, and that’s one of them,” said White. “I had control of it, wasn’t planning on dribbling, and they hit the ball out of my arm, it got away, and I tried to gather it. It worked for them, and it’s a big play in the game.”
After Iowa State’s Melvin Ejim converted a pair of free throws to trim the deficit to 82-81 with 42 seconds remaining, Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg elected to foul, and the move paid off. Marble missed the front end of a 1-and-1, and Niang then converted a wraparound layup on the ensuing possession, giving Iowa State an 82-81 lead with 18.2 seconds left.
Following an Iowa timeout, sophomore Mike Gesell drove to the basket and drew immediate contact to go to the foul line for two shots with 13.1 seconds to play. He missed the first and his second attempt rattled in and out. The Cyclones’ Dustin Hogue grabbed the rebound, was fouled and proceeded to drain both of his free throw attempts to give Iowa State an 85-82 lead.
Iowa’s Zach McCabe had an open look from 3 on the left wing, but it rattled out, sending Hilton into a frenzy.
“Those are the guys I would have picked (to take the free throws),” said UI head coach Fran McCaffery. “I know they feel terrible right now, and I feel for them.”
Iowa finished the game shooting 46.4 percent (32-of-69) from the floor, including a 4-of-17 performance from 3-point range. The Cyclones shot 57.1 percent in the second half and 47.5 percent (28-of-59) for the game and went 6-of-17 from long range. Iowa State made 23-of-36 free throw attempts; Iowa was 14-of-21. The Hawkeyes won the battle on the glass, 49-35.
Four Iowa players finished in double figures with White leading the way with a season-high 25 points on 11-of-15 shooting to go along with a game and career-best 17 rebounds. The double-double was his second of the season and 10th of his career and the 17 rebounds are the most in a game under McCaffery.
Marble made 6-of-15 shots en route to 19 points, Uthoff scored 12 points and had five rebounds, and Gesell netted 11 points to go along with six assists. Sophomore Adam Woodbury had a career-best 11 boards.
Niang led a group of four Cyclones in double digits, finishing with 24 points on 8-of-15 shooting (8-of-10 free throws). Ejim finished with 22 points and seven rebounds, Naz Long had 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting, and Hogue posted a double-double with 12 points and 16 rebounds.
After leading 45-38 at the half, Iowa State went at the Hawkeyes early and often in the second half, but time-and-time again, Iowa had an answer.
The Cyclones scored eight of the first 10 points of the second half behind 3-balls from Hogue and Ejim to cut the lead to 47-46 with 18:20 remaining, but Iowa followed with a White layup and a Marble runner to push the lead to 51-46 with 17 minutes left.
DeAndre Kane followed with the “old trickeroo” tossing the ball off Woodbury’s back off an in-bounds pass under the Iowa State basket and converting it into a three-point play. Iowa followed with 5-of-7 points, including a jumper from the top of the key from Anthony Clemmons to take a 58-51 lead with 15:25 remaining.
With the score 62-58, Iowa State used a 7-0 run behind back-to-back Niang layups and a three-point play by Hogue to take a 65-62 advantage — its first lead since 3-2. Gesell had an answer, scoring five-straight Hawkeye points and two Marble free throws gave Iowa a 69-68 lead with eight minutes to play.
With the score tied at 73, Iowa got back-to-back layups by Uthoff and White to take a 77-73 lead with five minutes remaining, before Iowa State made the plays that mattered most in the final two minutes.
Iowa got off to a quick start; making 5-of-9 shots to take 13-9 lead into the first media timeout. The Hawkeyes stretched their advantage to eight points over the next four minutes with a Marble 3-pointer pushing the lead to 22-14 with 12:06 to play. The Hawkeyes made 9-of-14 field goal attempts to start the game.
Iowa pushed its lead to nine points (33-24) on a pair of White free throws with five minutes remaining in the first half before Iowa State scored 9-of-11 points to climb to within a field goal at 35-33. The Hawkeyes silenced the crowd with an 8-0 run to take a game-high 43-33 advantage.
Niang answered the run with an three-point play before Matt Thomas’ steal and layup to cut the score to 43-38, but Iowa executed in the half court set, finding White for a layup with the clock winding down to send Iowa into the locker room with a 45-38 advantage.
The Hawkeyes shot 47.2 percent (17-of-36) from the floor in the opening 20 minutes. Iowa State shot 38.7 percent (12-of-31) and made 12-of-20 free throw attempts. Iowa was 8-of-9 from the charity stripe.
Iowa (10-2) closes out the nonconference portion of its schedule Dec. 22, hosting Arkansas-Pine Bluff at 1 p.m. (CT) on Mediacom Court inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.