Cyclones survive major BYU road test


Senior forward Melvin Ejim drives up for the layup against Michigan on Nov. 17 at Hilton Coliseum. Playing Ejim was a game-time decision. Ejim ended up playing 28 minutes and leading the Cyclones in points, with 22, in the 77-70 victory over the No. 7-ranked Wolverines.

Dean Berhow-Goll

For the second consecutive game, ISU sophomore Georges Niang willed his team in the final minutes to an important win. This time it was against BYU in a 90-88 thriller on Wednesday night in Provo, Utah. 

On Sunday it was six straight points against then-No. 7 Michigan to seal a win and against BYU he assisted on the first and then scored the final three field goals for the Cyclones before a pair of free throws represented the final space between the two. 

ISU seniors Melvin Ejim and Deandre Kane were out of the game with Ejim fouling out and Kane getting ejected for a flagrant two foul late in the second half. Dustin Hogue fouled out late as well with a block call under the bask.

The trio of Kane, Ejim and Hogue combined for 50 points on 17-30 shooting, 25 rebounds and seven assists before they were out of the game.

The final minutes without Ejim, Kane or Hogue left Iowa State with two freshman, two sophomores and a junior college transfer on the floor. 

It was the junior college transfer who may have made the biggest play of the night. 

With eight seconds left, BYU’s Tyler Haws drove right off a screen and rose up to shoot. Daniel Edozie came around the back side of the screen and reached out his  six-foot-eight frame to block the shot and secure the ball. His banked-in second free throw was the last point of the game. 

Niang finished with 19 points on 9-19 shooting with eight assists (career-high), five rebounds and a blocked shot. 

For BYU, Tyler Haws led in scoring with 20 points on 19 shots. The six-foot-10 Eric Mika finished with 19 points going 8-15 from the floor and nine rebounds. 

Iowa State next plays UMKC on Monday, Nov. 25 at 7 p.m. at Hilton Coliseum.