Turns out Naz Long was giving Iowa State fans a preview of what was to come in the season opener against UNC Wilmington when he put on a clinic from downtown.
Long nailed not one, not two, not three, but eight 3-pointers out of 11 attempts from the perimeter as the Cyclones coasted in a 95-62 victory. The team held a 52-22 lead at halftime.
With the early injury with Melvin Ejim, Long received the opportunity to start in the game and he made the most of it. The sophomore was red-hot and while he couldn’t duplicate the production, he was still a bomber from downtown in the big games against Michigan, Auburn, Iowa, and others down the stretch.
It was the first of many surprises in the college basketball season. And it won’t be the last time you’ll see the specialist on the countdown.
Iowa State men’s basketball top 15 moments of 2013-14
4. Long bombs UNC-Wilmington with eight 3-pointers