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100 Things Cyclone Fans Should Forget Before They Die: Losing to Iowa in the 2003 NIT at Home

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The last time ISU lost to Iowa at Hilton for men’s basketball was on March 21, 2003.

Iowa State (17-13), winner of five of its last eight games, will battle intrastate rival Iowa (16-13) in the first round of the NIT, Friday March 21 at 7 p.m. in Hilton Coliseum. The two rivals squared off for the second time in the same season for the first time since 1921.

Iowa 54, Iowa State 53, in Ames

A crowd of 14,020 in Hilton Coliseum saw a game that was anything but pretty, but it sure was intense.

Iowa freshman point guard Jeff Horner sank a 3-pointer to tie the score at 53 with :43 remaining. Then ISU’s Jackson Vroman missed two free throws. Iowa’s Brody Boyd broke the tie by making one of two fouls shots with :21 left. ISU had two airballed the first of two foul shots and bricked the second. And Iowa’s Brody Boyd made one of two free throws for a Hawkeye lead with :21 left. The Cyclones failed on two subsequent chances to score.

Horner leaped into fellow freshman Greg Brunner’s arms after the game. Leslie rolled around on the court like a playful infant. Alford gave Leslie a leaping chest bump in the hallway outside the Hawkeyes’ dressing room.

Cyclone.com Recap

We hate losing to Iowa in any circumstance, but losing to them AT HOME in MEN’S BASKETBALL in a postseason tournament is more than a little disappointing.