Iowa State men’s basketball countdown: Dustin Hogue dominates Connecticut


Dustin Hogue put up a new career high in Iowa State’s last game of the season, almost single-handedly boosting the team to the next level in the NCAA tournament.

It was an effort worthy of number two on our countdown of the best moments of last season. The incredible display of Hogue pounding it inside and getting to the rim was almost on loop all night long against Connecticut. He finished with 34 points, blowing away his previous high of 22 against Auburn earlier in the season.

Hogue fired an incredible 15-of-19 from the field. His determination almost got the Cyclones into the next round, but the team ended up losing 81-76 against the Huskies.

Want to know how Hogue could put on a performance like that? Take a look at this video that features his family getting pumped up for the game. Never underestimate the family factor when a player returns home to showcase what he’s got.

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

6. Melvin Ejim makes miraculous return vs Michigan, leads Cyclones to huge win

5. Naz Long drills first 3-pointer in weeks to force 3OTs against Oklahoma State

4. Long bombs UNC-Wilmington with eight 3-pointers

3. Oklahoma State gets bombed again by Naz Long at Hilton Coliseum

2. Dustin Hogue destroys Connecticut at the rim in NCAA tournament exit

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