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Cyclones shake off ugly half

HONOLULU — Iowa State is flying home from its holiday trip to Hawaii with three more wins and its best start in school history.

The No. 14 Cyclones beat Boise State 70-66 Wednesday night to win the Diamond Head Classic, recovering from a season-low 27 points in the first half.

The 70 total points also were a season low, but the result was still the only one they've known so far: the latest of 11 wins in as many games.

"We've only played eight games coming into this tournament, so it was very important to get these and take care of business and give us some momentum heading into conference," Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg said.

DeAndre Kane scored 23, winning tournament MVP honors for his three-game performance. Iowa State beat George Mason and Akron to get to the final.

Kane hit a 3-pointer with less than two minutes left to help seal the win for the Cyclones. Boise State's Derrick Marks had a chance to tie with less than 30 seconds left but missed a 15-foot jumper.

Melvin Ejim had 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Georges Niang had 16 points for Iowa State.

"The guys do a great job of sharing the ball and being unselfish and understanding who's got the best mismatch out there on the floor," Hoiberg said. "DeAndre did a great job getting to spots and making the right play. Georges hit some huge shots for us, and Melvin did what he always does for us by getting us extra possessions."

Kane said he, Ejim and Niang are "like a brotherhood."

"We hang together every day and all day and when one guy gets it rolling, we know that we're going to that guy no matter what," he said.

Cyclones shake off ugly half 12/25/13 [Last modified: Thursday, December 26, 2013 12:08am]
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