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Iowa State Cyclones blow past NDSU men's basketball with late surge

AMES, Iowa - For a good portion of its game against the nation's fifth-ranked team, it looked like the North Dakota State men's basketball team could be as good as the opponent Tuesday night.

AMES, Iowa – For a good portion of its game against the nation’s fifth-ranked team, it looked like the North Dakota State men’s basketball team could be as good as the opponent Tuesday night.

But with the Bison down just five, and 8 minutes, 47 seconds left to play, it was the Cyclones – and their roaring crowd of 14,272 – who flipped a switch, and used an 11-0 run over the next 3:22 to help cruise to an 84-64 win.

“That’s the thing, we don’t play three-fourths of a game,” Bison coach David Richman said. “They put 40 minutes on the clock to start for a reason, and we didn’t get it done down the stretch.”

The Bison were especially competitive in the first half, and held a 30-29 lead with just 1:41 remaining.

But the Cyclones used a 7-0 run to take a 36-30 lead into the locker room.

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The second half was a back-and-forth affair, and the Bison – behind three straight triples from A.J. Jacobson –  were within striking distance for a better part of the half – until the 11-0 run.

“They’re (North Dakota State) a team that has won a lot of games over the last several years to where you can get them down nine, or get them down 10, and they’ll still respond. And they did that all the way up until the last eight minutes or so,” Cyclones coach Steve Prohm said. “The big thing was the way we closed the first half, that was big for us to go up six.”

Jacobson continued his three-game long hot streak, scoring a team-high 17 in the loss – his consecutive triples were critical to keeping the Bison competitive in the second half.

“My teammates are doing a great job of getting me the ball in positions where I can succeed, I give a lot of credit to those guys for helping me out there,” Jacobson said.

The red-hot Paul Miller led the Bison in scoring – each with 17 – and drew high praise from Prohm after the game.

“Miller is really good. He can really shoot the basketball. He’s real savvy and crafty,” Prohm said. “I know their coach and I talked to him before the game, and he said he has a young group, and obviously if it’s a young group, they’re going to have a bright future.”

Cyclone center Jameel McKay was dominant in the paint all night. He had a double-double less than a minute into the second half, and ended his night with 15 points, 19 rebounds, and three blocks.

“He’s all over the glass. He’s got great length and athleticism. He’s got great energy,” Richman said. “He’s the starting center on the No. 5 team in the country – he’s a good player.”

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With the loss the Bison drop to 4-2 on the season, but according to Richman they’re still able to draw some positives from the experience.

“This is a big-time environment against a top-five team in the country, and as good as we were I thought for a good portion of the game, they (Cyclones) make you pay for everything,” Richman said. “And that’s great, we can learn from that, and any undisciplined stretches we had where they made us pay, that’s a great learning experience if we continue to learn and grow.”

NORTH DAKOTA STATE (64): Pa.Miller 4-11 7-8 17, Ca.Dupree 5-15 1-3 11, Kading 2-4 0-0 4, Werner 2-9 0-0 4, A.Jacobson 5-6 4-4 17, Clements 3-10 0-0 7, Kabellis 1-5 1-2 3, Ishola 0-0 0-0 0, Dy.Miller 0-1 0-0 0, Eliason 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 22-61 14-19 64.

IOWA ST. (84): M.Morris 7-11 2-3 18, J.McKay 7-12 1-2 15, A.Nader 8-15 2-2 21, Niang 6-12 2-3 15, Mitrou-Long 5-14 0-1 11, Mt.Thomas 0-2 0-0 0, H.Cooke 2-4 0-0 4, Ernst 0-0 0-0 0, S.Carter 0-0 0-0 0, Ashton 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 35-70 7-11 84.

Half: ISU 36, NDSU 30. 3-Point Goals: North Dakota State 6-23 (A.Jacobson 3-3, Pa.Miller 2-6, Clements 1-7, Kading 0-1, Ca.Dupree 0-3, Kabellis 0-3), Iowa St. 7-27 (A.Nader 3-7, M.Morris 2-4, Niang 1-4, Mitrou-Long 1-8, H.Cooke 0-2, Mt.Thomas 0-2). Fouled out: Kading. Rebounds: North Dakota State 36 (Pa.Miller 10), Iowa St. 42 (J.McKay 19). Assists: North Dakota State 8 (Pa.Miller 3), Iowa St. 18 (M.Morris 6). Total Fouls: North Dakota State 12 (Kading 5), Iowa St. 14 (Niang 4). A-14,272.

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