Iowa State had their first tough challenge away from Ames in Provo, Utah, against the BYU Cougars. Until the very end, the final was in doubt until Daniel Edozie closed things out.
The relatively unheard of junior transfer at the time came into the game and his stat line doesn’t express how important he was to finish the game against the Cougars. In just seven minutes of play off the bench, Edozie blocked BYU star Tyler Haws to keep the 89-88 lead for the Cyclones with eight seconds to go.
Edozie stuffed BYU’s leading scorer, who finished with 20 points. But he struggled from the field, shooting 6-of-19 and getting most of his production from the free throw line (7-of-8).
After the stuff, Edozie grabbed the ball and got fouled by Haws four seconds later. Edozie missed the first free throw but made the second. Kyle Colinsworth was able to get a jumper off with one second to go, but missed to preserve Iowa State’s young undefeated season.
Obviously, let’s not forget Georges Niang‘s finish either, making three straight shots with 3:15 to go to keep BYU within arm’s reach of the lead.
But the stuff by Edozie was both shocking and necessary with Melvin Ejim and Dustin Houge fouling out along with DeAndre Kane getting kicked out of the game after accidentally hitting Eric Mika in the eyes.
Iowa State men’s basketball top 15 moments of 2013-14
10. Daniel Edozie’s block on BYU’s Tyler Haws to preserve Iowa State’s first road win