Iowa State outscored Iowa, 8-0, over the final 1:29 of the game to come from behind and beat the Hawkeyes, 85-82, in the first match-up of rated ISU and Iowa teams since 1987.
The Hawks missed four free throws and three shots from the field after leading 82-77 with just under a minute and a half to play. Conversely, the Cyclones started making free throws down the stretch after laboring from the line for most of the game. ISU made 6-of-6 free throws in the final 1:29 after going just 17-of-30 over the course of the first 38 ½ minutes of the game.
And Iowa State made its only field goal attempt in the closing 2:56 of the game, a reverse layup by Georges Niang that gave the Cyclones an 83-82 lead with 20 seconds to play. That was ISU's first lead since 70-69 with 7:43 to play.
Iowa State played from the trailing position most of the night. The Cyclones were down by as many as ten when the Hawkeyes built a 43-33 lead with on two Devyn Marble free throws with 1:29 to play in the first half. Iowa's lead was 45-38 at halftime. The Cyclones did not hold a lead in the first half after early 2-0 and 3-2 edges in the opening minutes of the game.
After falling behind again by seven at 58-51 with just under 15 minutes to play, the Cyclones went on an 11-4 run to tie the game at 62-62 on a Niang jumper with 10:06 left in the game. A three-point field goal by Monte Morris gave ISU its biggest lead of the entire game, 68-64, with 9:04 left to play. But Iowa scored the next five points for a 69-68 Hawkeye advantage.
Iowa State jumped ahead again briefly at 70-69 on an Ejim layup, but then the Hawkeyes went on an 8-3 burst for a 77-73 lead with just under five minutes left in the game.
Niang, Ejim and Dustin Hogue all had 2-for-2 trips to the free throw line for Iowa State as it turned a five-point deficit into a three-point win over the game's final 89 seconds.
Iowa started the game red hot from the field, bolting to a 22-14 lead on 64 percent shooting. But the Hawks had cooled off to 47 percent by halftime and ended the game at 46 percent. Iowa State shot just 38 percent in the first half but heated up in the second, hitting 57 percent from the floor to finish the game at 47.5 percent. Neither team shot the three ball as well as they normally do with ISU hitting 6-of-17 (35.3%) and Iowa just 4-of-17 (23.5%).
The Hawkeyes dominated the boards, finishing the night +14 on rebounds over ISU (49-35). Iowa State's poor rebounding night certainly wasn't the fault of Hogue, who finished with 16 boards to go along with 12 points.
Niang led Iowa State scorers with 24 points, including 16 in the first half. Ejim finished with 22 and Naz Long was in double figures with 13 before fouling out. Iowa's Aaron White led all scorers with 25 points.
The game lived up to the hype. While it fell a little short of the Cyclones' 102-100 overtime win 26 years ago - the last time the two teams played as ranked opponents - it did not disappoint. A sell out crowd at Hilton Coliseum saw Iowa State beat Iowa in Ames in the regular season for the sixth straight time since last losing to the Hawkeyes at home in 2001. Iowa did win a 2003 NIT game in Ames.