9:59 PM ET, March 22, 2013
University of Dayton Arena, Dayton, Ohio
DAYTON, Ohio -- After spending most of the season doing damage from outside the 3-point line, Iowa State moved inside for its first game in the NCAA tournament.The Cyclones didn't look out of place at all.Freshman forward Georges Niang matched a season high with 19 points and Melvin Ejim added 17 as Iowa State, showing there's a whole lot more than just 3-pointers in its arsenal, dismantled Notre Dame 76-58 on Friday night in the West Regional.
DAYTON, OH - MARCH 22: Pat Connaughton #24 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish passes against Will Clyburn #21 of the...(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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MVP: Georges Niang. The Iowa State center-in-name-only is a handful to handle: He can play on the perimeter or on the low block, where he chips away at defenders with old-school footwork. He finished with 19 points on 13 shots Friday, with four assists, three rebounds and two steals, and he was the lynchpin in an offensive attack that utterly dismantled Notre Dame.
X factor: Much of the pregame discussion revolved around the clash of styles -- Notre Dame's slow-paced, size-oriented interior attack versus Iowa State's five-out, 3-point-happy attack. But Hoiberg flipped the script, and used his team's quickness to attack the rim. Iowa State got easy bucket after easy bucket, and the Irish never found an answer.
That was a tough way to go out. Notre Dame forward Jack Cooley used to be a Luke Harangody lookalike who, by his own admission, played too much "Skyrim" on his Xbox; by the end of his four years, he had transformed himself into one of the best rebounders in the country. It was tough to see him end his career so with such a whimper.
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||29-59 (.492)||22-51 (.431)|
|3P Made-Attempted||9-21 (.429)||4-17 (.235)|
|FT Made-Attempted||9-12 (.750)||10-13 (.769)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||13 (0/0)||11 (0/0)|
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