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December 13, 2013

Cyclones rally to beat Iowa 85-82

AMES, Iowa (AP) - Georges Niang scored 24 points, including the go-ahead basket with 18.8 seconds left, and 17th-ranked Iowa State rallied to beat No. 23 Iowa 85-82 on Friday night.

Dustin Hogue had 12 points and 16 rebounds for the Cyclones (8-0), who prevailed in the first meeting between the Cyclones and Hawkeyes as ranked teams in 26 years.

Niang gave Iowa State an 83-82 lead on a reverse layup - and Iowa's Mike Gesell followed by missing two free throws. Hogue then buried two foul shots, and Zach McCabe's attempt for a tying 3 fell short for Iowa (10-2).

Aaron White had 25 points and a career-high 17 rebounds for the Hawkeyes, who led by as much as 10 late in the first half.

Iowa and Iowa State spent the final 10 minutes trading baskets in one of the most entertaining games in a rivalry that stretches back over a century.

The final minute belonged to the resilient Cyclones.

The Hawkeyes had the ball up 82-79 with less than a minute left. But White turned it over in an uncharacteristic mistake during what was arguably his best game for Iowa.

Melvin Ejim hit two free throws and Devyn Marble missed one, giving Niang his chance to drive beneath the basket for a tough scoop shot that proved to be the difference.

Ejim had 22 points and seven rebounds and Naz Long had 13 points for Iowa State.

This was Iowa's first true road game - in one of the most hostile environments it'll play in all season.

It didn't faze the Hawkeyes in the first half.

Iowa jumped out to an early lead, helping quiet a raucous sellout crowd. Though Iowa State was aggressive in attacking the basket and drawing fouls, it was just 12 of 20 from the line in the first half.

The Hawkeyes showed their impressive depth with multiple baskets from five different players, and White's 13 points helped them build a 45-38 lead. The Cyclones might have been out of the game by halftime if not for Niang's 16 first-half points.

Iowa State was able to pull even at 62 with just over 10 minutes left - and Hogue's 3-point play made it 65-62 Cyclones.

Marble had 19 points and six assists for the Hawkeyes, who outrebounded Iowa State 49-35.

Though Iowa and Iowa State have been at each other's throats for decades, the majority of those games were irrelevant nationally.

It's been a long time since the Hawkeyes and Cyclones were this good this early.

The last time Iowa and Iowa State met as ranked opponents was in 1987 - perhaps the most memorable of the 66 previous meetings between the heated instate rivals. That game, which was also in Ames, will long remembered as the one when Cyclones star Lafester Rhodes scored 54 points to lead Iowa State past Iowa 102-100 in overtime.



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