Iowa State men’s basketball countdown: Georges Niang seals the deal vs Iowa


Checking in at #7 on the countdown is Georges Niang’s shot that sealed the deal for Iowa State against their in-state rivals.

Feb 22, 2014; Fort Worth, TX, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes guard Georges Niang (31) shoots the ball over TCU Horned Frogs center Karviar Shepherd (1) during the first half of a men

Niang put in a go-ahead reverse layup with 18 seconds left tobring the Cyclones to an 83-82 advantage against Iowa. After a couple of Dustin Hogue free throws to extend the lead to three, the Hawkeyes couldn’t hit on the other end and suffered their second loss on the season while ISU remain undefeated.

Niang finished with a team-high 24 points, at that point it was a career high for the sophomore forward. Despite missing both shots from downtown, he hit over 50 percent from the field (8-of-15) and executed at the free throw line (8-of-10) when the rest struggled a bit (15-of-21).

The matchup was close the entire way. Iowa never had a lead larger than 10, which was close to the end of the 1st half. Both teams struggled from downtown in that session (5-of-22 combined) but Iowa state hit 4-of-7 and improved their field goal shooting by nearly 2 percent while Iowa’s dipped a bit.

Iowa State men’s basketball top 15 moments of 2013-14

15. DeAndre Kane’s perimeter shooting en route to Diamond Head Classic title

14. Monte Morris emerges, nearly hits double-double against Auburn

13. Cyclones hold on to win after blowing 18-point lead vs. Texas Tech

12. Redemption at Hilton Coliseum after getting blown out at West Virginia

11. 99 points against Northern Illinois in remembrance of Johnny Orr

10. Daniel Edozie’s block on BYU’s Tyler Haws to preserve Iowa State’s first road win

9. Iowa State heads to the Sweet 16 after comeback over North Carolina

8. Cyclones finally take down Kansas at the Big 12 Championship

7. Georges Niang hits go-ahead basket to beat Iowa Hawkeyes

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