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Cyclones beat the clock

DeAndre Kane drives in for a layup in the final seconds that lifts Iowa State to an 85-83 victory over North Carolina.

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DeAndre Kane drives in for a layup in the final seconds that lifts Iowa State to an 85-83 victory over North Carolina.

SAN ANTONIO — Iowa State's DeAndre Kane did exactly as his coach had instructed, driving for a layup that gave the Cyclones the lead. North Carolina never got a chance to answer because Roy Williams' players didn't do what he wanted.

With Williams jumping and gesticulating for a timeout, the Tar Heels inbounded to Nate Britt, who dribbled past midcourt as time expired in Iowa State's 85-83 victory in the third round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday.

The Cyclones got to celebrate twice: once as the buzzer sounded and a few minutes later when officials viewed replays and confirmed that Kane's twisting shot had put Iowa State in the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2000.

"He's been our Mariano Rivera. He's been our closer all throughout this season," Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg said.

The No. 3 seed Cyclones (28-7) are headed to the home of the former Yankees star, New York City.

As soon as officials explained that the game was over, Williams — who collapsed his hands on his knees as Britt surged toward him — shook Hoiberg's hand as North Carolina began absorbing the heartbreaker.

"Let's not anybody lay it on the officials or anything like that. We didn't call the timeout with 1.6 seconds to play," Williams said.

The No. 6 seed Tar Heels ( 24-10 ) were bounced during the opening weekend for the second straight year, a first under Williams, who choked back tears after the end of his 10th season in Chapel Hill.

Britt said he thought North Carolina got the timeout before the buzzer.

"When I looked up at the clock I saw one-point-something time left," he said. "I saw staff screaming and trying to call timeout."

Kane finished with 24 points and 10 rebounds. It was just the kind of big game the Cyclones needed without forward Georges Niang, who broke a foot in Friday's win against North Carolina Central. The 6-foot-7 sophomore sat on the bench wearing a bulky boot while the Cyclones tried their best without their third-leading scorer and tallest starter.

Kane said the last possession called for him to attack the basket unless Tar Heels defenders swarmed him as he penetrated.

"But nobody helped, and I made an acrobatic shot, and it went in," Kane said.

VIRGINIA 78, MEMPHIS 60: Joe Harris scored 16 and the top-seeded Cavaliers shot 56 percent in Raleigh, N.C., to earn their first trip to the Sweet 16 since 1995.

Anthony Gill added 13 points for Virginia (30-6), which controlled the tempo and shut down the eighth-seeded Tigers (24-10) at nearly every turn.

"Of course we try to come out and impose our will from the beginning," said sophomore Malcolm Brogdon, one of five Cavaliers in double figures. "But if that doesn't happen and we don't break them right off the bat, we're going to keep going and keep playing our type of defense and offense.

"And at some point, we're going to wear them down and break their back."

Cyclones beat the clock 03/23/14 [Last modified: Monday, March 24, 2014 12:38am]

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