Blog: Iowa State advances to Sweet 16, 85-83 over UNC
Posted March 23
FINAL: Iowa State 85, UNC 83: North Carolina grabs a three point lead on a Leslie McDonald three but Iowa State's Naz Long answers again. Iowa State took the ball again with 15.7 seconds left on the clock and DeAndre Kane hit a jumper with 0:01 seconds on the clock for the win.
1:54 second half; UNC 76, Iowa State 76: Monte Morris hits another three to cut the Heels lead to two. Melvin Ejim hits a layup to tie it at 76, Roy Williams calls a timeout with 1:54 to go in the game.
3:14 second half; UNC 76, Iowa State 71: The Tar Heels extend their lead to eight points before Iowa State's Naz Long drains a three to cut it back to five.
8:17 second half; UNC 66, Iowa State 60: A three by Marcus Paige gave North Carolina their first lead, momentarily, since the first half. A few plays later Marcus Paige drains another three to put the Heels up six.
11:30 second half; Iowa State 55, UNC 53: Leslie McDonald hits a three to tie up at 52 with 13 minutes to go in the game. Iowa State pulled back in the lead thanks to a layup by DeAndre Kane.
13:50 second half; Iowa State 52, UNC 49: Kennedy Meeks and J.P. Tokoto scored out of the gate but the Cyclones quickly answered back to regain their five point lead. James Michael McAdoo lays it up to cut the Iowa State lead to three and forces the Cyclones to call a timeout.
Brice Johnson did not run out onto the court with the rest of the team to warm-up for the second half. Per UNC Brice Johnson is out for the game.
Haltime; Iowa State 40, UNC 37
0:03.4 first half; Iowa State 40, UNC 37: A three by Marcus Paige and a short jumper by Kennedy Meeks cuts the Cyclones lead to four after leading by as much as nine. Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg called a timeout with a five point lead and a minute to play. Leslie McDonald opened up with a dunk after the break in action.
3:45 first half; Iowa State 35, UNC 28: Per UNC basketball X-rays on Brice Johnson’s sprained right ankle were negative. He will get it re-taped and try to return. The Tar Heels are chasing a hot Iowa State team.
6:43 first half; Iowa State 28, UNC 24: The Cyclones charged back to tie it on a three by Naz Long. Iowa State's Matt Thomas hit another three to push it to 23-21. DeAndre Kane slammed one home for the 25-21 lead, Leslie McDonald answered with a three to cut it back to a one point game. The Cyclones answered back with a three of their own.
11:58 first half; UNC 17, Iowa State 14: North Carolina is continuing to hit shots from the floor as Iowa State can't. The Cyclones are shooting just over 25%. Brice Johnson left the floor and went to the locker room to get his ankle looked at. Per UNC basketball it is a sprained right ankle and he will attempt to play.
15:30 first half; UNC 12, Iowa State 5: Iowa State's Monte Morris knocks in the first bucket of the game over a minute into play. North Carolina scores on their next two possessions to take the 4-3 lead. Kennedy Meeks finds Marcus Paige on the fast break for a layup to push it to 6-5. Leslie McDonald hits a three and Brice Johnson pulls up a jumper as Iowa State is struggling to score.
Former North Carolina guard and current San Antonio Spur is in attendance for the Heels game today.
Normal starters for North Carolina as they ready to face Iowa State, Marcus Paige, Leslie McDonald, J.P. Tokoto, James Michael McAdoo and Kennedy Meeks. Starting for Iowa State Melvin Ejim, Monte Morris, Dustin Hogue, Daniel Edozie and DeAndre Kane. Edozie is starting in place of the injured Georges Niang, Edozie averages 5.2 minutes and has never started for the Cyclones this season.
Pregame: Meeting for the first time since the 2005 NCAA Tournament, the Iowa State Cyclones and the North Carolina Tar Heels will square off in the second round of this year's event on Sunday.
The top-seeded Tar Heels rolled to a 92-65 victory over the ninth-seeded Cyclones during their run to the 2005 national title when these teams last met. North Carolina leads the all-time series, 3-0.
Iowa State is the higher seeded team this time around, earning the No. 3 spot in the East Region. The Big 12 champion Cyclones easily avoided an upset in their first game on Friday, pushing past NC Central, 93-75. However, they also suffered a major loss as Georges Niang (16.7 ppg) was lost for the rest of the tournament with a fracture in his right foot.
James Michael McAdoo secured two offensive rebounds and hit a pair of free- throws in the final seconds to lift sixth-seed North Carolina to a 79-77 win over 11th-seed Providence on Friday. The win was the 110th in this event all- time for the Tar Heels, who are seeking their 26th official Sweet 16 appearance.
The Tar Heels trailed 71-64 with 4:34 left to go against Providence, but consecutive buckets from Brice Johnson and a 3-pointer from Marcus Paige allowed the Tar Heels to tie things at 71-71 with just over three minutes to play. North Carolina still failed to take a lead until McAdoo collected an offensive rebound off a missed jumper from Johnson with three seconds left and, after being fouled, split a pair of free-throws. The 6-foot-9 McAdoo missed the second foul shot, but managed to collect the rebound. He was fouled immediately and sent to the line, where he split his attempts yet again, but Providence didn't have enough time to get off a good shot to tie or win the game, allowing North Carolina to escape.
It is rather fitting that a pair of key rebounds would lead North Carolina to such an important win. The Tar Heels have been one of the best teams in the country on the glass this season, ranking eighth at 39.8 rpg. They have also been solid when it comes to the offensive end of the floor, ranking second in the ACC in scoring (76.4 ppg), assists (15.5 apg) and field goal percentage (.463). Paige (17.5 ppg, 4.3 apg) is the team's best playmaker, creating for himself and others at an impressive rate. He is also a clutch performer. as he proved by sinking a pair of 3-pointers late against Providence. McAdoo (14.2 ppg, 6.8 rpg), Johnson (10.6 ppg, 6.3 rpg) and Leslie McDonald (10.1 ppg) provide further depth.
Iowa State's first game of this tournament did not provide as much as excitement as the thriller between the Tar Heels and Friars. The Cyclones, led by 24 points from Niang, connected on 63.6 percent from the field and outscored NC Central 48-32 in the paint, en route to an 18-point triumph. Niang was the top scorer among five players that reached double figures for the team, which recorded assists on 21 of its 35 field goals.
Losing Niang is clearly going to take quite a toll on Iowa State. However, the Cyclones have the offensive depth to sustain his absence. They are the fifth- best scoring team in the country (83.2 ppg), while shooting the 25th-best percentage from the floor (.476). The key to the attack, other than the tremendous pace, is the Cyclones' unmatched ability to share the basketball, as they lead all Division I teams in assists (18.6 apg). DeAndre Kane (16.9 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 5.8 apg) does a lot more than lead the team in assists, providing plenty of production across the board. However, it was Melvin Ejim (18.1 ppg, 8.5 rpg) that earned Big 12 Player of the Year honors. Dustin Hogue (10.9 ppg, 8.5 rpg), Monte Morris (6.4 ppg, 3.89 apg) and Naz Long (6.9 ppg) will all need to step into bigger roles to make up for Niang's loss.
Without Niang on the floor, the Cyclones are clearly a weaker team. However, Kane and Ejim have been the driving forces for the Cyclones this season and with them still healthy, Iowa State should be just fine.