Monday, March 02, 2015

Iowa State Rips Oklahoma with Second Half Surge Keyed by Georges Niang

College Hoops Player of the Day for Monday, March 2, 2015

Charles Dickens might have enjoyed this.

"It was the best of halves; it was the worst of halves."

Oklahoma stormed to a 37-18 lead at half time of their game at Iowa State, but the Cyclones got their second wind - ad more - in the final twenty minutes, blitzing the Sooners, 59-33 in the second stanza, for the eventual, 77-70, victory.

Georges Niang scored 20 of his 23 points to lead Iowa State to a tie for second place in the Big 12 with Oklahoma. The outcome of the game left the two teams with identical, 11-6, conference marks. Niang was 8-for-14 from the field, including 2-for-3 from beyond the arc and a 5-for-5 level from the foul line. He also accounted for 8 boards, four assists and a steal.

Oklahoma's Buddy Hield led all scorers with 26 points.

The Sooners travel to Kansas to meet the #9 Jayhawks in their final regular season game on March 7. Kansas currently holds first place in the conference with a 12-4 record.

Iowa State closes out their regular season at TCU on Saturday.

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