Iowa State used a big run and efficient shooting in the second half to put away Friday's second-round game against North Carolina Central, 93-75 At halftime, a near buzzer-beating one-handed tip dunk from Dustin Hogue gave the Cyclones a 45-39 lead heading to the break. Through the first 12 minutes of the second half, Iowa State outscored the Eagles 33-19 to extend the lead to 78-58. Georges Niang led Iowa State with 24 before leaving late in the second half with an apparent right ankle or foot injury, which according to TNT, he was getting X-rays on. Deandre Kane finished with 14 points, seven rebounds and five assists while Melvin Ejim added 17 and Dustin Hogue had 15. Turning Point With Iowa State leading 59-50 with 13:50 left in the second half, North Carolina Central was hanging around. Then Iowa State used a 19-8 run to extend the lead to as many as 20 points at 78-58. From there Iowa State iced away the last eight minutes of the game. X Factor Georges Niang — Niang scored an efficient 24 points on 9-of-14 shooting from the field and hit four of his five 3-point attempts. He also added six rebounds and four assists in the game. Niang left the ball game with 7:34 in the game and scored 15 in those 12:26 in the second half, helping spur the big run to put the game out of reach.
Iowa State cruises past North Carolina Central 93-75
Iowa State Daily | Mar 22