I can't believe Iowa State won that game. I mean, don't get me wrong, I think Iowa State was the better team, but that was a ballsy effort on the road. We all expected the hangover letdown. Hell, I predicted it. This Iowa State team showed some major resiliency though, in a place that isn't kind to visitors and walked out with a big time, resume-building win.
Despite being repeatedly on the wrong end of some bogus officiating (to put it lightly), Iowa State responded time after time and showed that the Michigan win was no fluke. I have to admit, I'm impressed. Coming into the year, my thought process was that Iowa State needed to shoot for 3-1 through four games, but that they couldn't be discouraged by 2-2. Well, as is often the case, I don't know what the hell I'm talking about.
The Big 3 Will Carry Us
Prior to the year we knew that Melvin Ejim, Georges Niang and DeAndre Kane were going to carry this team. That triad did just that tonight, putting this team on their collective backs and came up huge. And how about Niang? With Kane ejected and Ejim fouled out, Niang took over and came up huge down the stretch for the second straight game. Kane and Ejim each scored 21 points and Niang nearly joined them in the 20-point club, chipping in 19.
One point, two rebounds and one mega block. 'Nuff said
-Matt Thomas shook off a meh first half by draining two deep threes and tallying some clutch buckets at the rack. Was good to see him respond to a lackluster effort against Michigan with 12 big points on the road.
-Dustin Hogue continues to impress. He scored 8 points and grabbed 10 rebounds while playing quality defense and coming up with some clutch baskets when the Cyclones needed them most.
-I thought Monte Morris was solid tonight. He didn't make much of an impact on the stat sheet, but he was steady when spelling Kane.