It was the first time in 26 years both teams played each other while ranked, and they did not disappoint.
The Hawkeyes led most of the game until the Cyclones went on a 7-0 run midway through the second half to take a 65-62 lead. A shuffle for the lead ensued until the Hawkeyes were up 82-77 with 1:29 left. At that point, the Cyclones would finish the game hitting six of six free throws and a layup to win the Battle 4 Iowa.
Recap of final minute and change:
Georges Niang and Melvin Ejim both hit two free throws to narrow the Hawkeye’s lead 82-81 with 42 seconds to go. The Cyclones decided to foul after attempting to steal the ball, and Hawkeye Roy Devyn Marble missed the one-and-one free throw. Niang answered with a layup to put the Cyclones ahead 83-82 with 20 seconds to go. The home crowd was going nuts at this point, and a foul on Hawkeye Mike Gesell sent the crowd into sixth man mode. Gessell missed both free throws, and after a foul, Cyclone Dustin Hogue hit two free throws to give State a three-point lead. Hawkeye Zach McCabe attempted a three to tie the game, and the ball rattled out. Time expired after a couple misses from close range, and the Iowa State students stormed the court.
Iowa State top performers: Forward Georges Niang scored 24 points along with five assists and two steals. Forward Melvin Ejim netted 22 points and collected seven rebounds. Guard Naz Long scored 13 points before fouling out. Forward Dustin Hogue came through with a double-double scoring 12 points and grabbing 16 boards.
Iowa top performers: Forward Aaron White had a monstrous double-double scoring 25 points and grabbing 17 boards. Guard Roy Devyn Marble netted 19 points along with three rebounds, six assists, and two steals. Forward Jarrod Uthoff scored 12 points and collected five rebounds. Guard Mike Gesell finished with 11 points and six assists. Center Adam Woodburry did a fine job crashing the boards with 11 rebounds and five points.