AMES (AP) — Fresh off winning the Diamond Head Classic title, the 13th-ranked Iowa State men’s basketball team returns to action this evening against Northern Illinois.
Tip is set for 6 p.m. at Hilton Coliseum. Mediacom channel 165 will televise the game.
ISU’s 11-0 start is its best in school history. During the 1996-97 campaign, the Cyclones opened 10-0.
On Christmas night, Iowa State edged Boise State by a 70-66 final in the Diamond Head Classic championship, improving to 15-7 all-time in the state of Hawaii.
Senior forward Melvin Ejim now ranks 22nd on the all-time ISU scoring list with 1,200 points. Ejim averages a team-high 18.0 points per contest, while grabbing 8.0 rebounds.
Georges Niang (16.0), DeAndre Kane (14.9) and Dustin Hogue (13.5) are the other top offensive threats for the Cyclones. Hogue also pulls down a team-best 10.3 boards a night.
In their last outing, the Huskies (5-5) earned a 71-64 victory at UC-Riverside. Darrell Bowie (9.6), Dontel Highsmith (9.6) and Jordan Threloff (8.3) pace the balanced attack for Northern Illinois.
Three of NIU’s five losses this season have come by a combined 12 points. The Huskies fell in their season opener to Nebraska Omaha by two (68-66) and by five to both James Madison (60-55) and Nebraska (63-58). In one of Northern Illinois’ other setbacks against Milwaukee, the Huskies were within four with two minutes to play.
Last year, NIU went 5-25 overall, including 3-13 in Mid-American Conference play. Mark Montgomery, a former Michigan State player and assistant, is the head coach of the Huskies.