No. 17 Iowa State beats No. 23 Iowa 85-82

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 14, 2013 at 12:10 am •  Published: December 14, 2013

AMES, Iowa (AP) — The noise was deafening even before Iowa's Mike Gesell missed a potential tying free throw with 13 seconds left.

Then Hilton Coliseum started shaking.

At least that's how it must have felt to the shell-shocked Hawkeyes.

Georges Niang scored 24 points, including the go-ahead basket with 18.8 seconds left, and 17th-ranked Iowa State rallied past No. 23 Iowa 85-82 on Friday night.

Niang's reverse layup gave Iowa State an 83-82 lead. Gesell then missed two free throws as the frenzied fans rose to their feet — and aired out their lungs — in hopes of rattling one of the Cyclones' biggest rivals.

Dustin Hogue then buried two foul shots and Zach McCabe, who entered play shooting 48.5 percent on 3-pointers, missed a wide-open 3 for Iowa (10-2).

"You could feel the vibrations in the building again. Just an unbelievable atmosphere," Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg said.

Hogue had 12 points and 16 rebounds for the Cyclones (8-0), who prevailed in the first meeting between the Cyclones and Hawkeyes as ranked teams in 26 years.

Aaron White had 25 points and a career-high 17 rebounds for the Hawkeyes, who led by as much as 10 late in the first half and outrebounded the Cyclones 49-35.

Iowa and Iowa State spent the final 10 minutes trading baskets in one of the most entertaining games in a rivalry that stretches back over a century.

The final minute belonged to the resilient Cyclones.

The Hawkeyes had the ball up 82-79 with less than a minute left. But White turned it over in an uncharacteristic mistake during what was arguably his best game for Iowa.

Melvin Ejim hit two free throws and Devyn Marble missed one, giving Niang his chance to drive beneath the basket for a tough scoop shot that proved to be the difference.

Ejim had 22 points and seven rebounds and Naz Long had 13 points for Iowa State.

"That's the toughest part about it. We executed the whole game. We did a lot of things that we came into the game saying we had to do if we want to win this game, like rebounding," Gesell said. "Just little plays down the stretch that killed us."

This was Iowa's first true road game — in one of the most hostile environments it'll play in all season.

Trending Now


  1. 1
    9-year-old girl dies from brain-eating amoeba after swimming
  2. 2
    Did Pope Francis really tell a 90-year-old atheist journalist that 1 in 50 priests are pedophiles?
  3. 3
    Facebook and Twitter won the World Cup Final
  4. 4
    Dead body falls out of coroner's van along busy road
  5. 5
    Tracy Morgan: Recovering in style -- first pic since NJ turnpike crash
+ show more