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Strong second half leads No. 4 Iowa State past Illinois


November 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

NICEVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Georges Niang scored 23 points and helped lead a decisive run during the second half of fourth-ranked Iowa State’s 84-73 victory over Illinois Saturday in the championship game of the Emerald Coast Classic.

Jaylon Tate’s layup gave the Illini a 58-57 lead before Iowa State (5-0) went on an 18-4 run to take control. Niang scored six points, while Monte Norris (20 points, nine rebounds) and Abdel Nader (18 points) had four apiece.

Matt Thomas was also in double figures for the Cyclones with 10 points in Florida. Malcolm Hill led Illinois (3-4) with 20 points while Kendrick Nunn added 19 and Mike Thorne Junior 10.

Northern Iowa rolls Eastern Illinois 53-17 in FCS opener


November 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Aaron Bailey threw for three touchdowns and Tyvis Smith rushed for 147 yards and a score to lead Northern Iowa to a 53-17 win over Eastern Illinois in the FCS playoffs Saturday night. Bailey only threw 11 passes, completing 7 for 162 yards. Northern Iowa (8-4) plays at sixth-seeded Portland State in the second round.

Northern Iowa broke the game open in the second quarter as Michael Schmadeke kicked three of his four field goals, Bailey hit Daurice Fountain for a 32-yard score and Smith scored on a 1-yard run for a 23-7 lead.

Bailey connected with Charles Brown on a 52-yard score and Fountain for 41 yards when Northern Iowa built the lead to 43-17 after three quarters. Ray Buchanan Jr. added a 70-yard interception return to close it out. Jalen Whitlow completed 27 of 49 passes with one touchdown but had two interceptions for Eastern Illinois (7-5), which had four turnovers.

Drake beats Illinois-Chicago 83-62


November 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Kale Abrahamson and Reed Timmer scored 23 points apiece as Drake beat Illinois-Chicago 83-62 on Saturday. Abrahamson hit 7 of 12 from the field including six from distance for the Bulldogs (3-3). Timmer hit 9 of 14 from the field including three 3-pointers. Graham Woodward added eight points and eight assists. The team averaged 52.5 percent shooting from the field and 61.1 percent from the line.

An Abrahamson 3-pointer capped a 13-8 start for the Bulldogs on their way to a 36-30 lead at the break. Abrahamson hit two more 3s early in the second half to extend Drake’s lead to 10, 42-32, and Timmer hit another to make it 56-41 with 11:27 to play. From there, the Bulldogs cruised to the win. Dikembe Dixson led the Flames (1-2) with 13 points and six rebounds.

Northern Iowa trounces North Dakota 97-51


November 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Paul Jesperson scored 18 points and Northern Iowa trounced North Dakota 97-51 on Saturday. Jesperson was 5 of 7 from the floor with four 3-pointers and grabbed six rebounds. Klint Carlson added 15 points.

The first half was a tale of two extremes: Northern Iowa (4-1) came out fast and shot 70 percent (21 of 30) before intermission, including 9 of 13 from beyond the arc, to score 54 points heading into the break. Jesperson led the way with 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting from 3. The Panthers finished with 12 3-pointers on 19 attempts (63 percent).

On the other hand, North Dakota (2-4) was ice cold, accounting for just 20 points in the first half. The Fighting Hawks were 7 of 29 from the floor (24 percent) and just 2 of 10 on 3-point attempts — and only three players made the scoresheet. Quinton Hooker led North Dakota with 14 points.

Howard leads West Virginia over Iowa State 30-6


November 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Skyler Howard threw one touchdown pass and ran for another score to lead West Virginia to a 30-6 win over Iowa State on Saturday. Josh Lambert kicked three field goals for the Mountaineers (7-4, 4-4 Big 12), who won their fourth straight.

Bowl-eligible West Virginia finishes at Kansas State next Saturday and can reach eight wins in the regular season for the first time since coach Dana Holgorsen’s first season in 2011. Iowa State, with two field goals, was held out of the end zone for the first time this season. The Cyclones (3-9, 2-7) went winless on the road for the first time since 2008.

The game was the finale for Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads, who was fired last Sunday and bows out with a career record of 32-55.

Disterhoft leads No. 25 Iowa women to 64-50 win over Houston


November 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

CEDAR PARK, Texas (AP) — Ally Disterhoft led a balanced attack with 15 points and No. 25 Iowa defeated Houston 64-50 on Saturday at the Lone Star Showcase. Alexa Kastanek added 13 points, Carly Mohns 11 and Megan Gustafson 10 with eight rebounds for the Hawkeyes (6-1), who took control when they outscored the Cougars 22-11 in the second quarter.

Iowa closed the first quarter with a 7-0 run, the last five by Disterhoft and then closed the half with 11 straight, including three straight 3-pointers, before a Serithia Hawkins layup for the Cougars. Iowa, which rebounded from a double overtime loss to No. 23 George Washington on Friday, stretched its 38-23 halftime lead to 23 points in the middle of the third quarter.

Houston (1-5) was led by Hawkins with 12 points and eight rebounds. The Hawkeyes went 17 of 23 from the foul line while Houston was just 3 of 7.

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McKay scores 23 to lead No. 4 Iowa State past Virginia Tech


November 28th, 2015 by Chris Parks

NICEVILLE, Fla. (AP) – Jameel McKay scored 23 points, and No. 4 Iowa State advanced to the Emerald Coast Classic final with a 99-77 victory over Virginia Tech on Friday.

Each of Iowa State’s starters scored in double figures, and the Cyclones (5-0) had a 52-30 lead at halftime. Abdel Nader had 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Monte Norris (14 points), Georges Niang (12) and Naz Mitrou-Long (12) also scored in double figures.

Iowa State, which shot 37 of 64 from the field and made 13 3-pointers, will face the winner of UAB-Illinois on Saturday.

Zach Leday led the Hokies (3-2) with 19 points. Justin Bibbs and Justin Robinson scored 11 apiece, and Seth Allen had 10.

Beachem scores 16, No. 17 Notre Dame beats Iowa


November 28th, 2015 by Chris Parks

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) – V.J. Beachem scored 16 points, Demetrius Jackson had 12 and No. 17 Notre Dame beat Iowa 68-62 in the consolation round of the AdvoCare Invitational on Friday night.

Bonzie Colson had a pair of layups and Jackson added a third as Notre Dame (4-1) used a 9-2 stretch for a 63-55 lead late.

Jarrod Uthoff had 20 points for Iowa (3-2).

No. 3 Hawkeyes go to 12-0 with 28-20 victory over Nebraska


November 27th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Jordan Canzeri broke long touchdown runs on back-to-back series in the third quarter, and No. 3 Iowa completed its first perfect regular season in 93 years with a 28-20 victory over Nebraska on Friday.

The Hawkeyes (12-0, 8-0, No. 4 CFP) were far from dominant but good enough against the sloppy Cornhuskers (5-7, 3-5) on a raw afternoon. As one of two remaining unbeaten teams, they’ll head to next week’s Big Ten championship game in the middle of the College Football Playoff race.

Canzeri ran off left tackle two straight times for two touchdowns, the first one going 29 yards and the second 68 yards for a 28-17 lead. Canzeri finished with 140 yards on 17 carries.

Iowa picked off Tommy Armstrong Jr. four times, with defensive end Parker Hesse returning one 4 yards for the Hawkeyes’ fourth interception for a touchdown this season. The Huskers needed a win to assure bowl eligibility.