Iowa State clips Carolina at the horn
SAN ANTONIO — Iowa State is beaten up, but the Cyclones are not going away.
Iowa State was playing without sophomore forward Georges Niang, who broke his right foot in the Cyclones’ NCAA opener. Then Kane landed hard on a hip and limped for much of the second half, which he and Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg attributed to cramping.
“So proud of our guys for how they went out and approached this game,” Hoiberg said. “We had a tremendous amount of adversity hit us when we lost Georges Niang. Everybody that stepped on the floor for us made a great contribution.”
Iowa State erased North Carolina’s eight-point lead in the final four minutes. Guard Naz Long led the way by hitting three 3-pointers as the Cyclones scored 21 points in the final 5:11 to overtake the Tar Heels.
“Coach drew up a great play for me,” Kane said. “I made an acrobatic shot and it went in.”
After Kane’s winning shot, North Carolina attempted to inbound the ball and get past midcourt before calling timeout. However, the officials ruled time expired by the time the timeout was signaled, allowing the Cyclones to celebrate.
“We’re not blaming this on the officials,” North Carolina coach Roy Williams said. “We made some mistakes. We practice all the time in that situation. I was calling timeout; the referees didn’t recognize it. Let’s not anybody lay it on the officials or anything like that.”
Baylor routs Creighton
Isaiah Austin and Brady Heslip scored 17 points apiece as the Bears routed the Bluejays in San Antonio to reach the Sweet 16 for the third time in five years.
Cory Jefferson and Kenny Chery each scored 14 points for sixth-seeded Baylor (26-11).
National scoring leader Doug McDermott was limited to 15 points on 7-of-14 shooting to lead No. 3 seed Creighton (27-8).
Austin Chatman (11 points) was the only other player in double figures for the Bluejays, who entered the game leading the nation at 42.1 percent from 3-point range but went 5-for-24 from outside.
It was tied at 7 early when Baylor ripped off a 19-2 run to set the tone for the evening. The Bears went 7-of-9 from 3-point range in the first half en route to a 40-20 lead and never let up.
Baylor’s zone defense frustrated McDermott, who went to the bench with two early fouls and had just three points on 1-of-4 shooting in the first half. McDermott got on track somewhat in the second half, but the Bears continued their hot shooting and Creighton never got closer than 19.