With the loss of their leading scorer from their opening game, Georges Niang, someone on this talented Iowa State Cyclones team was going to have to step up in a big way against the North Carolina Tar Heels if they wanted to advance to the Sweet 16 in the East Region. Of course, that player was none other than DeAndre Kane as the Cyclones held off the Tar Heels, 85-83 to advance.
After two made free throws by North Carolina’s James Michael McAdoo tied the game up, Kane was handed the ball with time running out on the clock, drove through the lane and hit the game-winning layup to seal the victory and the trip to Madison Square Garden.
On the afternoon, Kane finished with 24 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists as he put the team on his back and led the comeback in the second half.
With the win, we’re now set up with a showdown later this week in the East Region semifinal between these Cyclones and the UConn Huskies, who were victorious in their contest on Saturday.