Three quick takes from Iowa State’s impressive 81-58 victory over Georgia State in men’s basketball on Monday night.
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1. Georges Niang makes something out of nothing.
It was a horrible start for the same Iowa State forward that knocked down a career high of 30 points in the season opener. But despite not getting in his first points until past the midpoint of the first half, he still was able to grab his second double-double in his career and his second game with 10 or more rebounds. That’s player of the year type stuff right there.
Nov 17, 2014; Ames, IA, USA;Iowa State Cyclones guard Bryce Dejean-Jones (13) is defended by Georgia State Panthers guard Ryan Harrow (55) at James H. Hilton Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports
2. Bryce Dejean-Jones could be Fred Hoiberg’s best transfer.
Speaking of player of the year material, how impressive was Dejean-Jones in the second half? An unreal performance when it came to finishing a couple shots for other Iowa State players, dishing out a career high seven assists, forcing turnovers, and being lightning fast up and down the court.
Just as we expected — no matter how bad things ended at UNLV and no matter what fans had to say about him when he left, this is the fresh start BDJ needed. Iowa State may be fortunate enough to have two of the most exciting players in the Big 12.
3. Don’t expect all the starters in double figures every time.
Iowa State’s starters have been dominating and putting up most of the points, but don’t expect that to continue. It’s already a plus from having just four players contribute early last season, but now that Matt Thomas and Abdel Nader are expected to come off the bench in the Cyclones’ next game, minutes will start to get distributed.
- Iowa State has now won 22 straight nonconference home games, third-best in school history.
- Monte Morris scored a career-high 19 points and it was his 13th game with at least five assists.
- Naz Long had his eighth career game with at least four 3-pointers.
- Niang had his 54th career game in double figures. BDJ had his 51st.