Boise State Can't Hold Off No. 14 Iowa State
Dec. 26, 2013
HONOLULU (AP) - Derrick Marks and the Boise State Broncos missed a chance to hand No. 14 Iowa State its first loss of the season.
Boise State led by as many as 11 in the first-half lead and ended up falling 70-66 on Wednesday night in the Diamond Head Classic final.
Marks, who led the Broncos (10-3) with 23 points, missed a 15-foot jumper with less than 30 seconds left that would have tied it.
"They know how to win games and there's a reason they're undefeated," Boise State coach Leon Rice said about Iowa State.
Iowa State (11-0) is flying home with three more wins and its best start in school history.
The Broncos held the Cyclones to season lows of 27 first-half points, 70 total points and 38.9 percent shooting, but the result was still the only one they've known so far - the latest of 11 wins. Boise State held the nation's leading assist team (19.6 per game) to just seven helpers. It is the first time Iowa State has had fewer than 16 assists in a game this season.
"We'd only played eight games coming into this tournament so it was very important to get these and take care of business and give us some momentum heading into conference," Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg said.
DeAndre Kane scored 23 points, winning tournament MVP honors for his three-game performance. Iowa State beat George Mason and Akron to get to the final.
Kane hit a 3-pointer with less than 2 minutes left to help seal the win for the Cyclones. Boise State scrambled to get back within two before Marks' jumper rimmed out.
Anthony Drmic capped his strong tournament run by scoring 16 points and earning a spot on the Diamond Head Classic All-Tournament Team. Drmic led all scorers in the tournament with 67 points across the three games.
Melvin Ejim had 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Georges Niang had 16 points.
"The guys do a great job of sharing the ball and being unselfish and understanding who's got the best mismatch out there on the floor," Hoiberg said. "DeAndre did a great job getting to spots and making the right play. Georges hit some huge shots for us and Melvin did what he always does for us by getting us extra possessions."
Iowa State finished with 14 offensive rebounds, outscoring Boise State 16-5 on second-chance points.
Iowa State came back after making less than a third of its shots in the first half, improving to 50 percent in the second half, including 6 of 13 3-pointers (46.2 percent).
"In the first half we were a little stagnant on offense, guys were shooting shots, not running back and we weren't as hungry as we were in the first half as we were in the second half," Kane said. "(Boise State) came out really aggressive and they got up big on us."
Kane put Iowa State within a point about 6 minutes into the second half. Kane took two dribbles with his right hand near the top of the key, then hit a jumper and was fouled. He missed a free throw to tie, but Ejim pulled down the rebound and hit a layup to give the Cyclones their first lead of the game.
Marks tied it at 60 with a jumper and a 3-pointer on consecutive possessions, but Iowa State responded with two free throws and a straightaway 3-pointer by Kane with less than 2 minutes left.
Boise State coach Leon Rice said there's a reason Iowa State is undefeated.
"Nobody's been able to do it and I think we did a great job both offensively and defensively," he said. "We had a chance to be there at the end and that's what we wanted, but they know how to make plays."
Kane, Ejim and Georges Niang were selected to the tournament's all-tournament team, winning trophies etched in paddles for canoes or paddle surfing.
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