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.
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.
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.
"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.