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Iowa St beats West Virginia 52-44 in 3 OTs


November 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Redshirt freshman Grant Rohach threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Justin Coleman in the third overtime and Iowa State came from 24 points down to beat West Virginia 52-44 on Saturday night. Rohach finished with four TD passes and ran for a fifth score as the Cyclones (3-9, 2-7 Big 12) finished a disappointing season with two straight wins.

The Mountaineers (4-8, 2-7) led 31-7 early in the second quarter but ended the year with six losses in their final seven games. Iowa State forced overtime on Rohach’s 19-yard TD toss to Coleman with a minute left. The teams traded field goals in the first two overtimes. After Rohach’s TD to Coleman in the third overtime, Rohach threw a two-point conversion pass to E.J. Bibbs.

West Virginia advanced to the 4 on its possession but couldn’t score. Clint Trickett’s fourth-down pass was caught short of the goal line.

Chiefs put rookie DB Commings on injured reserve


November 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs put defensive back Sanders Commings on injured reserve Saturday with a shoulder injury and promoted linebacker Josh Martin from the practice squad. The Chiefs (9-2) play the Denver Broncos (9-2) on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium.

Commings was the Chiefs’ fifth-round draft pick out of Georgia. He broke his collarbone early in training camp and spent the first part of the season on short-term IR. Commings only played in two games and made one tackle before sustaining what coach Andy Reid called a shoulder injury.

Martin joined the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent in May. He was inactive for the first three games before spending time on the practice squad.

Nebraska-Omaha defeats Iowa Wesleyan 86-36


November 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Mike Rostampour was perfect from the floor while scoring a game-high 13 points to lead Nebraska-Omaha over Iowa Wesleyan 86-36 Saturday. Rostampour, who has averaged 14.5 points per game in his previous two games, also grabbed a game-high eight rebounds.  John Karhoff added 11 points, and now ranks 29th in school history with 1,019 career points.

Simon Krych was 6 of 8 from the floor for 12 points. Nebraska-Omaha (5-3) has scored 83 points or more in five of eight games this season. Iowa Wesleyan (1-3) was led by Michael Neff, who scored eight points.  Chris Martin added six points.  Both Neff and Martin made a game-high two 3-pointers.  The Tigers are led by first-year head coach Todd Lorensen, who previously served as an assistant coach at UNO from 2008 to 2011.

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Drake overcomes Fresno State 84-74


November 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) – Gary Ricks scored 25 points to lead Drake to an 84-74 victory over Fresno State at the Fresno State Classic Friday night. Richard Carter contributed 21 points for Drake (4-1), which fell behind early but came back to tie Fresno State (4-3) at 31 with 5:27 remaining in the first half, then took a 37-35 lead into the half.

The score was tied six times and there were seven lead changes. Fresno State took the lead on an Allen Huddleston free throw with nine minutes remaining in the game. A Cezar Guerrero jumper followed by a Karachi Edo dunk kept Fresno State in front until Carter made a 3-pointer to give Drake a 63-61 lead with 7:17 remaining. Drake then stretched the lead to 72-63. Fresno State cut the deficit to five on a Guerrero 3-pointer with 1:24 remaining, but couldn’t pull closer.

Fresno State’s Marvelle Harris had 26 points.

No.23 Iowa State beats Eastern Washington 88-60.


November 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Hallie Christofferson and Seanna Johnson scored 20 points each as No. 23 Iowa State easily defeated Eastern Washington 88-60 in the South Point Shoot Out Friday night. This was the nineteenth career 20-point game for Christofferson, who also had 6 rebounds. It was also her sixty-third game in double figures.

Iowa State (5-0) had no trouble with Eastern Washington (0-4) as the Eagles never led while the Cyclones led by as much as 35 with 9:38 remaining in the second period. The Cyclones hit 17 of 32 shots from the floor in the first half as they jumped out to a 50-27 halftime lead. They finished by hitting 48.3 percent for the game. Iowa State was 12-of-29 shooting 3-point shots. The Cyclones outrebounded the Eagles 42 to 23.

Lexie Nelson led Eastern Washington with 18 points. Melissa Williams added 10.

Iowa hammers UTEP 89-53, takes on Villanova Saturday (11/30)


November 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — Aaron White scored 17 points, Zach McCabe added 14 and No. 23 Iowa rolled into the championship game of the Battle 4 Atlantis, easily beating Texas-El Paso 89-53 on Friday night. Peter Jok scored 14 and Melsahn Basabe finished with 10 for the Hawkeyes (7-0), who have already won five times this season by at least 31 points. Iowa will meet Villanova for the tournament title on later today (Saturday).

After needing overtime to beat Xavier in the quarterfinals, Iowa took care of this one early. A 13-0 run in the opening minutes put the Hawkeyes in control, and Iowa’s first 20-point lead came a mere 14 minutes into the contest. Julian Washburn scored 13 for UTEP (4-3), which will play in the third-place game Saturday. No other Miner finished with more than seven.

Unranked Villanova advanced to the Battle 4 Atlantis title game by stunning No. 2 Kansas. The Villanova Wildcats closed on a 5-0 run as Ryan Arcidiacono hit a go-ahead, 3-pointer with 10.1 seconds left to help Villanova beat the Jayhawks 63-59. It was his only basket of the game, and the Wildcats’ lone field goal in the final seven minutes. Darrun Hilliard and Dylan Ennis each scored 14 for Villanova.

Chiefs’ Hali to play vs Denver; Houston out


November 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali pronounced himself close to 100 percent for Sunday’s game against Denver, while fellow pass rusher Justin Houston is week to week with an elbow injury.  Hali went through practice Friday without feeling pain from a sprained right ankle sustained in last Sunday’s loss to San Diego. He initially thought that the injury was much more serious, but he received treatment early in the week and will play against the Broncos.

Houston dislocated his right elbow against the Chargers and it’s unclear when he’ll return. The Chiefs’ top pass rusher couldn’t have an MRI exam until Wednesday because of swelling, and trainer Rick Burkholder said Friday the elbow was still in a brace.  Chiefs coach Andy Reid does not believe the injury is season-ending.

Rudock passes for 2 TDs, Iowa tops Nebraska 38-17


November 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Jake Rudock threw for two touchdowns, including a 24-yarder to Kevonte Martin-Manley right after Iowa had stuffed Nebraska on a fake punt, and the Hawkeyes finished the regular season with a 38-17 victory on Friday.  The Hawkeyes converted two of Nebraska’s three turnovers into touchdowns and got a short field for a third TD after the failed fake punt. Seven of Iowa’s 15 possessions started in Cornhuskers’ territory.

Iowa (8-4, 5-3 Big Ten) doubled its win total from a year ago and won a fourth road game for the first time since 2009. Mark Weisman ran 24 times for 72 yards and two touchdowns. Rudock left late in the third quarter with an undisclosed injury.

The Huskers (8-4, 5-3) had their lowest regular-season win total since 2008, coach Bo Pelini’s first year, and lost three games at home for the first time since 2007 under Bill Callahan.

Iowa St, West Virginia meet in 2013 finale


November 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Not long after Paul Rhoads finally thawed out from the coldest game in the history of Iowa State’s home stadium, the Cyclones’ coach recalled a night at West Virginia in 2005 that was even more bone chilling.

Rhoads was Pittsburgh’s defensive coordinator when the Panthers played in the Backyard Brawl in blustery snow and single-digit readings. He says the wind made that game feel colder than last week’s home finale against Kansas.

Still, Rhoads says the frigid Kansas win has mentally prepared Iowa State (2-9, 1-7 Big 12) for its first visit to West Virginia (4-7, 2-6) on Saturday. Temperatures for the late afternoon kickoff in Morgantown are expected to be balmy by comparison in the 30s.

The game marks the regular-season finale for both teams.