AMES, Iowa (AP) -- Brody Boyd sank a free throw with 21 seconds
left to propel Iowa to the second round of the Owens Corning NIT tournament with
a 54-53 victory over in-state rival Iowa State Friday night.
Boyd hit the first of two from the line and put Iowa back in
front after Iowa State had rallied from an 11-point deficit in the
final 7:38. Except for the final score, the game mirrored the first
meeting of the two teams when Iowa State rallied from a 12-point
second-half deficit to win 73-69 in Iowa City in December.
The Cyclones had two chances to go ahead in the final seconds,
but Tim Barnes, who struggled with his shooting all night, missed a
short one outside the lane and a desperation jumper at the buzzer.
Iowa (17-13) was led by Glen Worley, who had 13 points despite
fouling out with 2:13 to go. Chauncey Leslie scored 11 points and
Sean Sonderleiter chipped in 10 as the Hawkeyes earned a date with
Georgia Tech at Carver-Hawkeye Arena Monday night.
A three-point play by Jared Reiner put the Hawkeyes up 48-37
with 7:38 left in the game.
But just like the first meeting, Iowa State (17-14), led by
Jackson Vroman, rallied.
Vroman, playing with four fouls much of the second half, hit two
of four free throws, a left hand hook across the lane and made a
key steal to bring the Cyclones to within three with 3:41 left.
Iowa failed to fire a shot in four possessions during that stretch.
Barnes' only basket, a 3-pointer with 3:04 to go, tied it at 49.
Vroman then stole an Iowa pass and fed a streaking Marcus Jefferson
who was fouled by Worley going up for a layup. Jefferson hit both
free throws and the Cyclones led 51-49.
After Vroman scored to put Iowa State up 53-50, Iowa guard Jeff
Horner hit a 3-pointer to tie it at 53 just before the shot clock
expired, setting up Boyd's heroics. Boyd finished with six points.
Vroman led the Cyclones with 20 points and Jared Homan added 14.
But the Cyclones struggled all game from the field, shooting just
34.5 percent compared to 46.3 percent for Iowa. Barnes and guard
Jake Sullivan were just 4-of-26 shooting.
The game marked the first time the two teams had met in the
postseason and the first time since 1921 that they played twice in
Iowa State jumped out to an early 5-0 lead, energizing an
enthusiastic sellout crowd. But the Hawkeyes, led by Leslie, went
on a 13-2 run over the next 5:49.
Despite losing leading rebounder Vroman with three fouls midway
through the opening half, the Cyclones briefly reclaimed the lead.
Jake Sullivan hit a 3-pointer from NBA range -- his only points
of the half -- after missing two free throws to bring the Cyclones
within one. On the next possession, Homan gave Iowa State the lead
19-18 on a turnaround jumper over Sonderleiter.
But the Hawkeyes went on an 8-0 run to close out the half with a