No. 17 Iowa State rallies past No. 23 Iowa

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Updated: December 14, 2013

Ames, IA (SportsNetwork.com) – Georges Niang scored 24 points, Melvin Ejim
added 22 as No. 17 Iowa State took down bitter rival Iowa with an 85-82 win
Friday night.

Naz Long netted 13 points off the bench and Dustin Hogue registered a double-
double with 12 points and 16 rebounds for the Cyclones (8-0), who
avenged last year’s 80-71 loss against the Hawkeyes. Iowa State has won
four of the last five meetings in the series.

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

Aaron White led all scorers with 25 points to go along with 17 rebounds, while
Roy Devyn Marble tallied 19 points and six assists in the setback.

Jarred Uthoff scored 12 points off the bench and Mike Gesell added 11 points
for the 23rd-ranked Hawkeyes (10-2).

“If you would’ve said we would outrebound them 49-35 I would say we win the
game,” Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery said. “I’m proud of our guys, our kids
just kept fighting.”

The Cyclones trailed 45-38 at halftime but opened the second half on an 8-2
run. Hogue and Ejim knocked down 3-pointers on successive possessions to cap
the spurt and cut the deficit to one.

Following a jumper from White, Iowa State fired off seven straight points to
take its first lead since the opening half after a three-point play from
Hogue.

Marble hit a pair of free throws to regain the lead for Iowa but Ejim answered
with a layup with 7:43 to play.

Uthoff countered with a dunk and the Hawkeyes lengthened their advantage to
five, 82-77, after an Adam Woodbury free throw with 1:29 left in regulation.

Iowa State proceeded to run off eight straight to close out the game.

Ejim made a pair at the line to cut the deficit to one with 42 seconds left.
Niang then made a tough layup in traffic on the following possession. Niang
drove the near base line and went up under the backboard to convert the layup
and give Iowa State a slim 83-82 lead.

Gesell drove into the lane on the ensuing possession and was fouled by Monte
Morris. Shooting 80 percent from the line this season, Gesell missed both
attempts and the Hawkeyes were forced to foul.

Hogue made both of his attempts at the charity stripe and Zach McCabe’s game-
tying 3-pointer fell short. White grabbed the offensive rebound with five
seconds left, but his layup was off the mark and the Cyclones held on for the
win.

Game Notes

To no surprise, Iowa outrebounded Iowa State 49-35 … McCabe, who averages
9.5 points off the bench, was 0-for-7 from the field … Entering the game,
Iowa State ranked first in the nation scoring 91.7 points per game while Iowa
ranked sixth in scoring at 89.5 per contest … Iowa State plays at George
Mason next Sunday, while Iowa hosts Arkansas Pine-Bluff.