College Hoops Player of the Day for Friday, December 13, 2013
Junior forward, Aaron White, had the biggest game of his college career, but it wasn't enough, as the Iowa Hawkeyes fell to host Iowa State, 85-82.
This was a heavyweight match-up of Top 25 talent. The Cyclones came into the game ranked 17th nationally, the Hawkeyes, 23rd.
White scored a game-high 25 points on 11-for-15 shooting, making his only three-point attempt and hitting two of two from the foul line. He also was dominant on the boards, ripping down 17 rebounds as the Hawkeyes forged a 49-35 advantage on the glass.
Though White's effort resulted in personal career bests in both scoring and rebounding, the Cyclones reversed a 45-38 deficit at the break to draw even with the Hawkeyes midway through the second half, but fell behind, 82-77 with just under a minute-and-a-half left. Iowa State outscored the visitors 8-0 over the final 1:28 for their eighth victory without a loss as Georges Niang, who led the Cyclones with 24 points, scored the go-ahead bucket in the closing stretch, and added a pair free throws. The other four Iowa State points also came from the charity stripe.
Iowa fell to 10-2 on the season, their other loss an 88-83 overtime defeat to Villanova.