Northern Illinois blown out at No. 13 Iowa State

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 31, 2013 at 9:00 pm •  Published: December 31, 2013
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AMES, Iowa (AP) — Northern Illinois caught No. 13 Iowa State on one of the most emotional nights in school history.

The charged-up Cyclones, however, blew past the Huskies, handing them their biggest loss of the season.

DeAndre Kane had 16 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds and Iowa State trounced Northern Illinois 99-63 on Tuesday night for its 12th straight win.

Melvin Ejim and Naz Long had 17 points each for the Cyclones (12-0), who rolled past the Huskies just hours after learning of the death of longtime former coach Johnny Orr.

Orr, who was 86, spent 29 years as a Division I coach, with current Cyclones coach Fred Hoiberg among his many star players. Orr won a school-record 218 games at Iowa State from 1980-94.

Dontel Highsmith had 19 points for Northern Illinois, (5-6), which had its two-game winning streak snapped.

"We knew coming in it was going to be a tough game; we came out and competed, that's all you can ask," Northern Illinois coach Mark Montgomery said. "We had energy and we had effort against a top 15 team in the country. It's a tough deal, but we did our best."

It was a rough day for Hoiberg, who grew up in Ames idolizing Orr and later starred for Iowa State at the tail end of Orr's illustrious career.

The Cyclones made sure their grieving coach never had to worry about the outcome.

They did it in a way that would have made Orr proud.

Orr's Iowa State teams were synonymous with the fast break, and the Cyclones ran the Huskies out of the gym in the first half.

Iowa State was ahead 28-10 less than 8 minutes in, and Northern Illinois never got within single digits again. The Cyclones set a season high for first-half points on an alley-oop pass from Kane to Ejim that gave them a 55-34 lead.

Kane could have easily posted the fifth triple-double in school history. But Hoiberg pulled him midway through the second half with the game well in hand.



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