In a game heard on KCHA FM yesterday, all five starters scored in double figures as Iowa State downed Iona 94-81 in their first round game N-C-A-A Tournament game today (Thursday) in Denver, Colorado. Iona closed the gap below double digits late in the second half before the Cyclones closed out the game. Coach Steve Prohm got the tournament win in his first year with I-S-U.
Georges Niang led the Cyclones with 28 points and says it was a good performance to rebound after falling in the first round of the conference tournament.
Abdel Nader had 19 points, and Matt Thomas 14. The Cyclones will play in the second round Saturday against 12th seeded Arkansas-Little Rock, who upset Purdue yesterday.
The Iowa Hawkeyes hope some time off has allowed them to rest and be ready to make a run in the N-C-A-A Tournament. Iowa faces a first round matchup with Temple at 2:10 P-M Friday in Brooklyn, New York. One of the first things asked of Hawkeye senior Jared Uthoff in the news conference Thursday was what happened in the late season slide from leading the Big 10 to a first round exit in the conference tournament.
Head coach Fran McCaffrey was asked about Uthoff’s assessment that the team got worn down late season by the tough conference schedule.
Northern Iowa plays in the late game in Oklahoma City tonight (Friday) at 8:50 against Texas in the N-C-A-A Tournament. Panther coach Ben Jacobson expects Longhorns coach Shaka Smart to use a lot of pressure defense.
The 11th seeded Panthers come into the game with a 22-12 record, while the sixth seeded Longhorns are 20-12.
Iowa is in fourth place after the first session of the NCAA Wrestling Tournament in New York. Radio Iowa’s Pat Curtis has more.