Iowa State men’s basketball countdown: Melvin Ejim nets amazing 48 points vs TCU


As if there was any doubt. Melvin Ejim shattered Big 12 records and damn near the basketball hoop in an incredible 40 minutes that sits at the top of the countdown and will live with Iowa State fans forever.

On February 8th, 2014, Ejim put on a clinic against TCU, scoring an obvious career high of 48 points and 18 rebounds in 35 minutes of action. He fired at a blistering 20-of-24 from the field, hit both 3-point shot attempts, and hit all six free throws.

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That’s a scoring average of 1.37 points per minute. In comparison, the next best player was Georges Niang, who scored 11 points in 31 minutes of action, or .35 points per minute. In other words, holy $#@!!

Ejim did all of this without putting on a Superman cape or needing to head to the sideline for spinach.

Here’s how it all looks in the record books:

  • 20 field goals ties ISU’s single-game school record for FGs.
  • 48 points is the second-most points scored by one player in Cyclones history.
  • Ejim tied and finished behind Lafester Rhodes who set those records in 1987*.
  • 48 points is the most points scored by a single player in a Big 12 conference game.
  • 48 points is the most points scored by a Cyclone against any league opponent.

*Rhodes scored 54 points on 20 made field goals against Iowa. It wasn’t a blowout — the Cyclones won that game 102-100.

Thanks for one of the greatest moments of last season, Ejim. That wraps up the top 15 moments of last season. Here’s to another tremendous seasons in about five months.

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

1. Melvin Ejim shatters Big 12 records with 48 points against TCU