For the third time in four years, your Iowa State Cyclones are Big 12 Tournament champions.
Congrats to the #Big12MBB Champions @CycloneMBB ! #CyclONEnation pic.twitter.com/Wjh0VvVTlJ— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) March 12, 2017
ISU knocked off West Virginia by a score of 80-74 today at the Sprint Center in Kansas City. The victory avenged two losses to the Mountaineers during the regular season and helped the Cyclones finish with a 23-10 record heading into the NCAA Tournament.
Monte Morris led Iowa State with 17 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals. His wingman, Deonte Burton, also played a good game with 16 points, five rebounds, three steals, two assists and one block. Burton provided the biggest highlight of the day on a monster alley-oop slam with just a couple minutes left in the game.
Deonte Burton broke another rim. Naz Mitrou-Long raised the roof. pic.twitter.com/yJWEUdQDcB— Chris Stone (@cstonehoops) March 12, 2017
The Cyclone bench came up big when called upon, totaling 21 points between the trio of Darrell Bowie, Nick Weiler-Babb and Donovan Jackson. Bowie also added six rebounds to tie for the team high with Morris.
As a team, ISU hit 54.2% of their shots from the floor. They also out-rebounded West Virginia 33-29.
The thing that’s so exciting about this team is they’re easily playing their best ball of the year heading into the Big Dance. No team in America wants to see Iowa State in their region come Selection Sunday. Stay tuned, as the brackets will be released tomorrow night.
Enjoy the win, Cyclone fans!