Iowa State and Akron meet in Diamond Head Classic

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Updated: December 23, 2013

Honolulu, HI (SportsNetwork.com) – The first-ever meeting between Iowa State
and Akron takes place in Honolulu today, as the Cyclones put their unblemished
record on the line in the semifinal round of the annual Diamond Head Classic
at the Stan Sheriff Center.

One of only a handful of Division I programs still undefeated at this point
in the campaign, the Cyclones are off to their best start in nearly two
decades with nine wins in as many opportunities. On Sunday, the squad easily
dismissed George Mason in the opening round of this tournament by a score of
79-67.

As for the Zips, they are currently enjoying a five-game win streak after
taking out Oregon State yesterday by a score of 83-71. The victory was just
the second in four tries outside of Akron for the program.

The winner of this meeting will head to the title tilt on Christmas day.

The Cyclones shot just 5-of-21 (.238) behind the 3-point line and collected
six offensive rebounds yesterday afternoon, but the team made up for those
deficits with a 22-7 scoring advantage over George Mason in the double-digit
win. Georges Niang scored a team-best 22 points, leading four starters in
double figures, while Dustin Hogue came up with 17 points and nine rebounds.
Melvin Ejim registered a double-double consisting of 14 points and 11
rebounds, while DeAndre Kane filled out his stat line with 13 points, eight
assists and seven rebounds.

In all but one game this season, the Cyclones have had at least one player
score 20 points, with the overall leader through nine games being Ejim with
his 18.0 ppg, although he has appeared in two fewer contests. Ejim is also a
strong rebounder with 8.1 per game, but the first place position in that
department goes to Hogue who supplements his 13.1 ppg with 10.9 rpg. Throw in
Kane (14.0 ppg) with his 7.3 rpg and it is easy to see how this squad clears
almost 44 rpg.

Demetrius Treadwell registered a double-double with 24 points and 10 rebounds,
as the Akron Zips captured the 12-point win over the Oregon State Beavers in
the opening round of the tournament yesterday. Treadwell shot 7-of-10 from the
floor and 10-of-13 at the free-throw line, not to mention posting four assists
for the Zips. Also scoring in double figures for Akron were Nyles Evans and
Quincy Diggs with 17 and 11 points, respectively. More than anything else, the
Zips came up with the win thanks to a 30-6 scoring edge beyond the arc, not to
mention a 10-0 start to the first half.

Treadwell has been huge for the Zips in the early going this season, averaging
not only 15.8 ppg to pace the group but also pulling down 8.9 rpg. A 50.0
percent shooter from the floor, if there is one drawback to having Treadwell
on the floor it is his 65.2 percent effort at the free-throw line. Diggs
pitches in with 12.5 ppg, adding not only 4.4 rpg but also 3.1 apg, although
his 3.4 turnovers per contest are certainly an issue that he needs to address.