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Short-handed Cyclones run out of steam

AMES (AP) — Freshmen Matthew-Alexander Moncrieffe and Rondel Walker had career games in the absence of star classmate Cade Cunningham and Oklahoma State pulled away from short-handed Iowa State for an 81-60 win on Monday night.
Moncrieffe scored 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, both career highs and his second-consecutive double-double, and Walker had a career-high 20 points. Cunningham, the leading scorer in the Big 12 at 17.9 points a game, missed his second game due to COVID-19 protocol but was on the bench.
Kalib Boone added 15 points and Avery Anderson 11 for the Cowboys (10-4, 4-4 Big 12 Conference.
Iowa State (2-8, 0-6) only had six scholarship players available and only seven players saw action. Among the missing players were the Cyclones’ second, third and fourth scorers. Rasir Bolton scored 19 points and Tyler Harris 18 for the Cyclones, who were coming off COVID protocol and had not played since Jan. 9.
The Cyclones bolted to an 13-2 lead with an 11-0 run but Oklahoma State took the lead with a 12-0 run minutes later and ended up with a 41-31 at the half. Moncrieffe and Walker had 12 points apiece at the break.
The Cowboys shot 68% in the second half (17 of 25) and continued to dominate the boards (21-8) but didn’t pull away until the last six minutes as they piled up a season-high 24 turnovers.
Oklahoma State ended the game shooting 59% (35 of 59) to just 34.5% (20 of 58) for the Cyclones, who were outrebounded 49-19. The difference on the offensive boards was 13-4 with the Cowboys scoring 18 second-chance points.
Oklahoma State is home against Arkansas and Iowa State plays at Mississippi State in SEC/Big 12 Challenge games on Saturday.

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Cyclones roughed up by Tech

AMES (AP) — Kyler Edwards struck early in his second straight start for No. 18 Texas Tech, scoring 16 of his 19 points in the first half as the Red Raiders built a huge lead and breezed past Iowa State 91-64 Saturday.
The Red Raiders (10-3, 3-2 Big 12) used a pair of 12-0 runs to make it 54-28 with just over a minute left before the break.
“My confidence comes from my work,” Edwards said. “My teammates encouraging me and getting me good looks.”
Mac McClung added 18 points for the Red Raiders, on 8-of-10 shooting. Kevin McCullar finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds.
“Road wins are something you always remember,” Texas Tech coach Chris Beard said. “(On Saturday), we had some awesome individual performances.”
Solomon Young and Rasir Bolton led the Cyclones (2-7, 0-5) with 15 points each.
Edwards’ layup and free throws put the Red Raiders up 36-20. Terrence Shannon Jr. capped another 12-0 run with a layup for a 26-point lead late in the half.
Last season, Texas Tech handed Iowa State a 30-point home loss, the Cyclones’ most lopsided defeat at Hilton Coliseum.
Texas Tech has now won five of its last six meetings with the Cyclones, and four in a row.

BIG PICTURE
Before dominating the Cyclones, Texas Tech’s previous two Big 12 wins came by a combined 11 points. For the first time ever, five of Iowa State’s first nine opponents have been ranked, including four foes in the Top 10.

UP NEXT
The schedule doesn’t get any easier for Iowa State. The Cyclones travel to Kansas State on Wednesday after losing to the Wildcats 74-65 earlier this season, and visit No. 6 Kansas on Saturday.
Texas Tech plays at No. 4 Texas on Wednesday.

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No. 5 Hawkeyes handle Minnesota

IOWA CITY — Jordan Bohannon knew what was his favorite number was on his final box score.
The Iowa senior guard had 19 points and a career-high 14 assists, Luka Garza had 33 points and the No. 5 Hawkeyes beat No. 16 Minnesota 86-71 on Sunday.
Bohannon also had seven rebounds and zero turnovers in almost 36 minutes.
“You know me, it’s the zero turnovers,” Bohannon said when asked what was his best statistic of the day. “That’s something I always pride myself in, to not turn the ball over. Be steady with the ball and find guys.”
It was Bohannon’s overall line that impressed Iowa coach Fran McCaffery.
“He has always really been tremendous in our fast break and in our ability to push it,” McCaffery said. “From the opening tip today, he was pushing the ball and finding people. I thought his decisions — when to shoot, when to drive, when to move it, when to get it in the post — were tremendous. Practically perfect.”
Joe Wieskamp added 20 points for the Hawkeyes (11-2, 5-1 Big Ten), who avenged a 102-95 overtime loss to the Gophers on Christmas Day.
“If it wasn’t for Luka making his layups, I wouldn’t have 14 assists,” Bohannon said. “I think that more than 95% of my passes were assists to him.”
Iowa had 27 assists on 31 field goals.
“Our guards are really unselfish,” Garza said. “When we get out on transition, that’s when we’re at our best. J-Bo was finding me tonight.”
Bohannon missed most of last season because of surgeries on both of his hips. He has scored 74 points in his last four games after totaling 27 in the previous five.
“I’ve been through hell for the last year and a half, two years,” Bohannon said. “It was a lot for me, mentally and physically. It took a lot of internal motivation for myself to get back to the player I know I can be.”
The Hawkeyes led 39-37 at halftime and opened the second half with a 22-6 run. Garza had 10 points in that stretch.
Garza, who came into the game leading the nation in scoring at 27.2 points per game, was 13 of 20 from the field.
Minnesota (10-4, 3-4) rallied from a 63-45 deficit to get within five twice late in the second half. It started to look like the Gophers’ earlier win against the Hawkeyes, when they rallied from seven points down with 44 seconds left in the second half to send it to overtime.
“We fought hard to get back within five, which is great,” Minnesota coach Richard Pitino said. “But then we took ill-advised shots. We just took some bad shots down the stretch and couldn’t get stops.”
Minnesota made just 10 3-pointers against the Hawkeyes after having 17 in the first matchup.
“Our loss up there on Christmas night was in the back of our minds,” Wieskamp said. “This one was kind of personal for us. They shot it well at their place, but they were getting open looks. So that was a key emphasis in this game, to get up in their space.”
Both Gach and Marcus Carr each had 13 points for the Gophers. Brandon Johnson had 12. Liam Robbins added 10. Carr had 30 points and Johnson had 26 against the Hawkeyes earlier this season.
MILESTONE
Wieskamp, a junior, became the 50th player in Iowa’s history to score 1,000 career points. The 1,000th point came on a free throw with 17:48 left in the second half. “It’s a special accomplishment for me,” said Wieskamp, who has 1,009 career points.
BIG PICTURE
Iowa won its fourth consecutive game and stayed within a half-game of the Big Ten lead. Minnesota, which went undefeated in nonconference play, lost for the third time in four games.
UP NEXT
Iowa: At home against No. 23 Michigan State on Thursday
Minnesota: At home against No. 10 Michigan on Saturday.

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Iowa blitzes Maryland

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Out of sync and trailing by double digits after a miserable start, No. 5 Iowa turned to its defense and reliable Luka Garza to get back on track against Maryland.
Garza scored 17 of his 24 points in the decisive first half, and the Hawkeyes roared from behind in an 89-67 victory Thursday night.
The Hawkeyes (10-2, 4-1 Big Ten) trailed 19-9 before rattling off 20 straight points to take control.
“Credit to Maryland. They had a lot of energy to start the game,” Garza said. “I’m glad that our team was able to bounce back and make a run of our own.”
Iowa switched to a tight zone that eliminated the drives to the basket that gave the Terrapins their early lead. After each Maryland misfire, the Hawkeyes were quick to get the rebound and turn the other way.
“When we’re able to get stops and go and run, that’s when we’re at our best,” Garza said. “Our run game is hard to guard, especially after you miss a shot and are frustrated. That’s when we hurt you. That’s our game.”
Maryland went 0 for 11 with five turnovers in a span of 8:47 until Donta Scott hit a 3-pointer to end the dry spell.
The 6-foot-11 Garza then scored eight points — including a pair of three-point plays — during a 15-4 spurt that made it 44-26 at halftime.
“Obviously, shots didn’t fall,” Maryland guard Aaron Wiggins said. “Their zone, with their size they clog the paint. It was tough to get in the paint, draw fouls and get easy looks.”
Wiggins scored 17 for Maryland (6-6, 1-5), and Scott added 13.
Garza made nine of his 14 field goal attempts, including 2 of 4 from beyond the arc. He went 4 for 4 at the foul line, grabbed seven rebounds and had four assists.
Jordan Bohannon chipped in with 18 points for the Hawkeyes. Joe Wieskamp scored six to get within 11 points of 1,000 for his career.
The Terrapins had hopes of pulling off an upset after taking early leads of 6-0 and 17-7, but the lengthy shooting drought doomed them to their third straight loss and sixth in eight games.
“We’ve got to play with more effort, more energy,” Wiggins said. “You’re not going to win games putting in a half effort. We started the game great, but when shots don’t fall, that affects every other aspect of the game.”
Maryland opened the second half with an 8-2 run to get within 12 before a layup by Wieskamp and a 3-pointer by Garza sparked a 10-2 spree that made it 58-36 with 14:22 remaining.
Garza fulfilled his stature as the leading scorer in the nation (27.5 points per game) with another consistent effort in the lane and beyond the arc. He has scored at least 20 points in 19 successive Big Ten games, the longest such streak in more than three decades.
It was a particularly satisfying victory for Garza, who played at Maret High in nearby Washington, D.C.
“It means the world,” he said. “It took me three tries. I’m excited I was able to get it done. I have a lot of family here, and lot of friends here.”
TAKE A KNEE
Players from both teams took a knee at midcourt before the opening tip as a show of unity against injustice in our society. Maryland players broached the idea to the Hawkeyes, who readily agreed to participate.
BIG PICTURE
Iowa: The Hawkeyes showed poise and patience on the offensive end after falling behind early, and played excellent defense while making up the deficit. Garza is the main reason why Iowa is a force, but the Hawkeyes’ discipline, depth and speed are also instrumental.
Maryland: It’s been a struggle for the Terrapins since they upset Wisconsin on Dec. 28. Their shooting is off, they’re a step behind on defense and simply don’t have the height to contend with an athletic big man such as Garza.
MASKED MAN
Terrapins senior guard Darryl Morsell returned from a one-game absence after fracturing a bone in his face when hit by an elbow against Michigan on Dec. 31. Wearing a protective mask, Morsell came off the bench to score three points in 22 minutes.
UP NEXT
Iowa: The Hawkeyes on Sunday host Minnesota, which beat Iowa 102-95 on Christmas Day.
Maryland: The Terrapins face another Big Ten powerhouse Sunday, No. 12 Illinois on the road.

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Hawks ready to pick up where they left off

IOWA CITY — Spencer Lee’s resume was almost complete last season.
He went 18-0 as a junior, winning his first Big Ten individual title while leading the Hawkeyes to the conference team championship. He was Big Ten wrestler of the year, the NCAA’s Most Dominant Wrestler, winner of the Dan Hodge Trophy as the nation’s top college wrestler and co-winner of the AAU James E. Sullivan Award as the nation’s top amateur athlete.
What drives Lee is what he didn’t get.
Lee missed a chance at a third consecutive national individual title — and the top-ranked and undefeated Hawkeyes lost an opportunity for the national team title — when the NCAA championships were canceled because of the pandemic. Lee had also qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials, which were postponed when the Tokyo Olympics were pushed back to this summer.
It’s “unfinished business,” Iowa coach Tom Brands said, and it’s motivating Lee, who received the Hodge Trophy during a ceremony at Tuesday’s media day.
“As you all know, the NCAA Tournament is the pinnacle of wrestling,” said Lee, who goes into this season as the top-ranked wrestler in the nation at 125 pounds. “You don’t really feel like your season is finished unless you win that. I’m not going to say I didn’t deserve the Hodge Trophy, but I’m also the only one that won the Hodge that didn’t win a national title. Think about that, right? I mean, I’m hoping to win it next year, win the national title, earn it this time in my mind.”
Lee outscored his opponents 234-18 last season. He scored bonus points in 17 of his wins and had four first-period pins and a team-high nine technical falls. Only four of his matches went the entire three periods.
Brands believes there’s more to come for Lee, who is 63-5 in his college career.
“You could argue that Spencer Lee is better than he’s ever been,” Brands said. “That’s a scary thing. He has to go out and prove that, show that off.”
Iowa’s wrestling schedule wasn’t released until last week, and it will be condensed because of the pandemic. The Hawkeyes will wrestle a Big Ten-only schedule, missing out on annual duals against teams like Iowa State and Oklahoma State. The Hawkeyes open Jan. 15 at home against Nebraska.
“I’m going to do my best every time out, just like my teammates,” Lee said. “Ultimately my goal is to be Olympic champion. I have to win a lot of matches before that is even possible. Then NCAAs, Olympic trials. If I win Olympic trials, (then it’s the) August Olympics in Tokyo. That’s one by one. You can’t skip, can’t take the easy way out.”
Lee is a senior, but he’ll be able to get an extra season next year under NCAA rules. That would mean a chance at four national titles if Lee wins the championship this year.
The Hawkeyes were a unanimous No. 1 pick in the National Wrestling Coaches Association preseason poll. They return nine All-Americans from last season’s team that went 13-0 overall, 9-0 in the Big Ten.
Big Ten teams occupy five of the top seven rungs in the rankings, with Penn State No. 2, Michigan No. 3, Nebraska No. 5 and Ohio State No. 7. North Carolina State is No. 4 and Oklahoma State is No. 6.
“Really, we have to get to the end,” Brands said. “We have to get to the national tournament. Are you listening, NCAA? Are you listening? These are young people that aspire to things. They’re in an age demographic that is not as risky. It’s always risky. It’s risky when I drive from here to the arena, I might get sideswiped by a bus because I’m not looking. We have to get to the end this year.”

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Cyclones go out in style with historic Fiesta win

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Iowa State had a year of highs in the dark days of a pandemic. The Cyclones capped it with a dominating performance under one of college football’s brightest spotlights.
Breece Hall ran for 136 yards and two touchdowns, Brock Purdy accounted for two scores and No. 12 Iowa State grinded out a 34-17 victory over No. 25 Oregon in the Fiesta Bowl on Saturday.
“Life has been really hard for our society, really since March,” coach Matt Campbell said. “Through dark and trying times, this team has been a beacon of hope for a lot. This team has grown and gotten better when things maybe say the other way.”
The Cyclones (9-3, CFP 10) used their ball-control offense to dominate the time of possession and keep Oregon’s offense off the field for long stretches to win their first New Year’s Six bowl.
Hall, an AP All-American, had 34 carries and his ninth 100-yard game this season. Purdy, who went to high school in nearby Gilbert, threw for 156 yards and a touchdown on 20-of-29 passing, adding a touchdown on the ground.
Iowa State had a time of possession advantage of more than 25 minutes to cap the best season in school history.
“We’re a tough team,” Purdy said. “We’ve faced so much the past couple of years. We have a lot of great leaders and experienced guys who have been there and understand this is what we’ve got to do to take it to the next level. I feel like that’s what we’ve done this year.”
Oregon (4-3, CFP 25) alternated between Tyler Shough and Anthony Brown at quarterback, but couldn’t sustain anything on offense and was plagued by numerous mistakes.
The Ducks lost two fumbles, an interception and a pooch kick. They also turned it over when a punt hit a blocker’s helmet and had a touchdown wiped out by a penalty.
“Obviously, we didn’t play up to our standards,” Oregon coach Mario Cristobal said. “It’s a game of execution and in critical situations, we didn’t coach well enough or play well enough.”
Iowa State took a methodical offensive approach in the Fiesta Bowl, scoring its first two touchdowns on drives of 14 and 15 plays. Hall scored for the 12th straight game on a 1-yard run and Charlie Kolar caught a 14-yard TD pass from Purdy.
The Cyclones were stuffed on a fourth-and-goal from the 1 in the second quarter, but went right back to marching on Oregon’s defense.
Purdy scored on a 1-yard run and Hall made it 28-14 with a 1-yard run after Iowa State recovered a pooch kick.
The Cyclones bogged down in the second half, settling for two field goals by Connor Assalley, but maintained their ball-control advantage and shut down Oregon’s offense.
“We didn’t go into the game saying, we’re going to each up as much clock as we can, but that’s really how the game turned out for us,” Purdy said.
The Ducks won their second straight Pac-12 championship after Washington had to pull out, earning their second straight trip to a major bowl.
Oregon had some early offensive success against the Cyclones, scoring on touchdown runs of 6 and 16 yards by Brown. The Ducks moved the ball late in the first half, but a 27-yard touchdown pass from Brown to Mycah Pittman wiped out by a holding penalty. Henry Katleman’s 47-yard field goal pulled them within 28-17.
Shough returned for several plays in the second half, but he nor Brown could get much going. Oregon had 88 yards of offense in the second half and Shough’s pass was intercepted by Mike Rose late in the fourth quarter.
“They played exactly the way we expected to and we just didn’t execute,” said Shough, who threw for 79 yards on 7-of-9 passing. “That’s what it comes down to.”
THE TAKEAWAY
Oregon labored offensively at times and was hurt by costly mistakes to end a strange season with a loss.
Iowa State used its ball-control offense to cap the best season in program history.
QB HOMECOMING
Purdy and Shough have played on the same baseball team as kids growing in Arizona. They work out together in the offseason, have the same quarterback coach and had some epic battles as high school rivals.
Purdy won their first meeting on a college football field, but their connection will remain strong.
“We said congrats on a great year to one another,” he said. “He had a tremendous year and I told him that I loved him and that we want the best for each other
UP NEXT
Oregon has one of the youngest teams in the country this season and should get nearly everyone back next year.
Hall is a sophomore and will be back and Purdy said he will come back for his senior season. Iowa State will have to replace several key players on defense, but Rose is just a junior.

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Cyclones push Texas before bowing out

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Andrew Jones scored 23 points and No. 4 Texas held off Iowa State 78-72 on Tuesday night to continue its torrid start to the season.
Texas (9-1, 3-0 Big 12) led by as much as 15 early in the second half and appeared to be cruising to an easy win over an Iowa State team that is still winless in conference play. But the Cyclones (2-6, 0-4) kept chipping away and made it tough for Texas to close out the game.
Jones’ driving baseline layup with 2:40 to play gave Texas a 72-63 cushion. The Cyclones got within 75-70 when Javan Johnson converted a three-point play with 28 seconds left, but the Longhorns closed it out from the free-throw line.
Johnson scored 21 points to lead Iowa State.
Matt Coleman III added 13 points and Jericho Sims had 10 points and eight rebounds for the Longhorns.
Texas started the season at No. 19 and quickly catapulted to its highest ranking in a decade, with its a biggest win a 25-point road thumping of Kansas. Texas is 3-0 in the Big 12 for the first time since the 2010-2011 season.
The Longhorns had a sluggish start in their return home to an empty arena. Texas didn’t allow any fans as the Austin area battles a surge of COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations.
Iowa State jumped to an early lead behind forward Solomon Young before the Longhorns sprinted to halftime with a closing fury that saw Jones slice his way for layups and Sims and Kai Jones dominate the Cyclones on the boards.
Texas turned its offense inside-out in the second half with three rapid-fire 3-pointers that pushed the lead as high as 15. Iowa State trimmed it under 10 before freshman Greg Brown made a 3-pointer from the left wing, then followed with a driving, stretching left-handed layup that put the Longhorns up 57-43.
The Cyclones wouldn’t let Texas completely drift away, however.
BIG PICTURE
Iowa State: Young finished with 13 points and eight rebounds, and gave the Cyclones what he could in his battles under the basket. But it was some freewheeling offense and shot-making in the second half that pulled the Cyclones close late. Finding that combination to counter Texas’ muscle under the basket sooner might have led to a big road win.
Texas: The Longhorns are hopeful they are getting a late-career renaissance from Sims, who has spent much of his career facing questions about why he hasn’t produced more, but now seems ready to be a force in his final season. His double-double against Kansas was a huge factor in that win. Against Iowa State, Texas needed his muscular moves for early dunks and hustle for rebounds to match Young under the basket. His dunk and 3-point play sparked Texas’ push toward its first lead midway through the first half. He finished with 10 points and eight rebounds.
UP NEXT
Iowa State state hosts No. 18 Texas Tech on Saturday.
Texas plays at No. 14 West Virginia on Saturday.

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Iowa State to make program history with Fiesta Bowl appearance

GLENDALE, Ariz. — No. 12 Iowa State finished first in the Big 12 regular season for the first time and set a school record with eight conference wins.
The breakthrough earned the Cyclones a spot in their first New Year’s Six bowl, Saturday against No. 25 Oregon in the Fiesta Bowl.
Like everything else in a pandemic, the experience will be a little different.
All extracurricular activities tied to the Fiesta Bowl were shelved, the sightseeing tours among them. When the game kicks off, it will be in an all-but-empty stadium instead of before 70,000 fans.
It will be a major bowl game on the field only.
“Our players, to have the opportunity to do the things that would typically be involved in the Fiesta Bowl would be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Iowa State offensive coordinator Tom Manning said. “Certainly, missing out on that is tough. You would like to have the full experience of the Fiesta Bowl, but it’s the way that it’s gone this year.”
The Fiesta Bowl is the culmination of what coach Matt Campbell has built during five seasons in Ames.
The Cyclones (8-3) won three games his first season in 2016, but are now making their fourth straight bowl appearance, a program first.
Led by running back Breece Hall and quarterback Brock Purdy, Iowa State’s offense is nearing school records for scoring (32.8 points) and total offense (441.1 yards). The defense has been particularly stingy the past four games, allowing an average of 13.3 points.
All that’s left now is to win the program’s first January bowl game.
“To play in a game like this and to do things that this program has never done and, in a lot of ways, nobody thought could ever do, what an honor for us to be part of a game like this and to play an opponent like we’re about to play,” Campbell said.
A New Year’s Six bowl game is nothing new to Oregon (4-2). The Ducks won the Rose Bowl last season and are playing in their seventh major bowl in the past 12 years.
The road to this one was a little different.
Oregon was limited to six games after the Pac-12 Conference chose to start the 2020 season in November. The Ducks won their first three games, but lost the next two, including to rival Oregon State.
Oregon was a late add to the Pac-12 Championship game when Washington had to pull out and made the most of the opportunity, beating No. 21 Southern California 31-24 for its second straight conference title.
“Extremely proud of just the effort and the accomplishment thus far, but yet never content,” Oregon coach Mario Cristobal said. “Our guys will never be. Being candid, it’s just not part of the DNA.”
ARIZONA CONNECTION: The two starting quarterbacks are quite familiar with each other and Arizona.
Purdy and Oregon’s Tyler Shough played baseball together when they were young and have the same quarterback coach. They played against each other at rival schools in the Valley of the Sun and work out together in the offseason.
Now they get to take their friendship/rivalry to the big stage.
“We haven’t talked much throughout the week, just because we know we’re competing and preparing to play against each other,” Shough said. “But I’m excited to go against him. We’ve had some great games in the past.”
HALL’S IMPACT: Oregon’s top priority defensive will be trying to slow Hall.
The sophomore running back was second nationally with 1,436 yards and has the nation’s longest streak of consecutive games with a rushing touchdown at 11. Hall has scored 19 touchdowns rushing and two more receiving this season.
“From his vision to his elite burst, his ability to break tackles and obviously he has a good O-line and tight ends that do a great job up front changing windows,” Oregon defensive coordinator Andy Avalos said. “The coaches do a great job changing surfaces and changing the looks within the formations, and they do a great job executing it.”
WOUNDED DUCKS: Oregon is hoping to get back several key players who have been injured.
Running back C.J. Verdell, the Ducks’ leading rusher, missed the Pac-12 title game with a knee injury that had been bothering him for several games. Offensive lineman Malaesala Aumavae-Laulu, linebacker Adrian Jackson and cornerback Donte Manning also have been dealing with injuries, but Cristobal was optimistic they can all play.

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Hawkeyes dunk Northwestern

IOWA CITY — Jordan Bohannon scored 24 points, CJ Fredrick added 19 and Luka Garza finished with 18 as No. 10 Iowa defeated No. 16 Northwestern 87-72 on Tuesday night.
The Hawkeyes (8-2, 2-1 Big Ten) won their eighth consecutive home game against a ranked opponent.
Bohannon was 7 of 11 from the field, including 6 of 9 on 3-pointers, and added five rebounds and five assists.
Garza, the nation’s leading scorer at 28.8 points per game, had his streak of scoring 20 or more points against Big Ten opponents snapped at 18 consecutive games. He had just six points in the first half.
Joe Wieskamp added 10 for the Hawkeyes.
Fredrick had 17 points in the first half as Iowa built a 45-36 lead at the break. Northwestern (6-2, 3-1) got to within 47-45 early in the second half, but the Hawkeyes were able to pull away.
Iowa came into the game ranked second in the nation in scoring at 95.1 points per game.
Pete Nance led Northwestern with a career-high 21 points, including 17 in the first half. Chase Audige had 14 points, Miller Kopp added 11, and Ryan Young 10.
This was the first matchup of ranked teams in the series. Iowa leads the series 120-60. The Hawkeyes have won 12 of the last 15 in the series, including five consecutive games.
The Hawkeyes bounced back from Friday’s 102-95 overtime loss at Minnesota, a game in which they led by seven points in the final minute of the second half. Northwestern had its four-game winning streak snapped. The Wildcats were one of two teams left who were undefeated in Big Ten play.
UP NEXT
Iowa: At No. 14 Rutgers on Saturday.
Northwestern: At No. 16 Michigan on Sunday.

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Cyclone football squad racks up more honors

Iowa State running back Breece Hall and linebacker Mike Rose are The Associated Press Big 12 offensive and defensive players of the year after the Cyclones’ best conference season ever also earned Matt Campbell coach of the year honors.
The Big 12 runner-up Cyclones will play in a New Year’s Six bowl for the first time, facing Oregon in the Fiesta Bowl. They were a league-best 8-1 in Big 12 play during the regular season before a 27-21 loss to Oklahoma in the championship game. The eight conference wins were a school record.
Hall is the Big 12 leader with 130.5 yards rushing per game and 19 touchdowns, and has a TD in every game this season. The sophomore was the unanimous pick as the top offensive player when the AP All-Big 12 team and individual awards were revealed Thursday, as determined by the vote of a panel of 20 sports writers and sportscasters who regularly cover the league.
Rose got 11 of the 20 votes as top defender. The junior is tied for the Big 12 lead with 90 total tackles (8.2 per game) and four interceptions, along with 10 tackles for loss.
Oklahoma redshirt freshman quarterback Spencer Rattler was a first-ream pick and shared newcomer of the year honors with West Virginia senior linebacker Tony Fields II, a transfer from Arizona. Each received seven votes and Fields also got four votes for defensive player of the year.
Texas junior Joseph Ossai, who plays a hybrid position for the Longhorns, got three votes for top defensive player. He got votes for defensive end and linebacker on the All-Big 12 team, enough to be selected second-team at both positions.
Campbell, in his fifth season at Iowa State, got all 20 votes as coach of the year.
Iowa State had four first-team selections for the AP All-Big 12 team, matching Oklahoma and Texas Tech for the most in league.

The 2020 AP All-Big 12 team, as selected by a panel of 20 sports writers and sportscasters who regularly cover the league, with players listed alphabetically with name, school, height, weight, class and hometown. (“u-” denotes unanimous selection):
FIRST TEAM
Offense
QB — Spencer Rattler, Oklahoma, 6-1, 205, RFr., Phoenix.
RB — u-Breece Hall, Iowa State, 6-1, 215, So., Wichita, Kansas.
RB — Leddie Brown, West Virginia, 5-11, 214, Jr., Philadelphia.
T — Samuel Cosmi, Texas, 6-7, 309, Jr., Humble, Texas.
T — Teven Jenkins, Oklahoma State, 6-6, 320, Sr., Topeka, Kansas.
G — Jack Anderson, Texas Tech, 6-5, 315, Jr., Frisco, Texas.
G — Josh Sills, Oklahoma State, 6-6, 325, Jr., Sarahsville, Oklahoma.
C — Creed Humphrey, Oklahoma, 6-5, 320, Jr. Shawnee, Oklahoma.
TE — u-Charlie Kolar, Iowa State, 6-6, 257, Jr., Norman, Oklahoma.
WR — u-Tylan Wallace, Oklahoma State, 6-0, 190, Sr., Fort Worth, Texas.
WR — Erik Ezukanma, Texas Tech, 6-3, 220, So., Fort Worth, Texas.
All-Purpose — Trestan Ebner, Baylor, 5-11, 208, Sr., Henderson, Texas.
K — Gabe Brkic, Oklahoma, 6-2, 198, So., Chardon, Ohio.
Defense
DE — Wyatt Hubert, Kansas State, 6-3, 270, Jr., Topeka, Kansas.
DE — JaQuan Bailey, Iowa State, 6-2, 261, Sr., Jacksonville, Florida.
DT — Darius Stills, West Virginia, 6-1, 282, Sr., Fairmont, West Virginia.
DT — Isaiah Thomas, Oklahoma, 6-5, 267, Jr., Tulsa, Oklahoma.
LB— Mike Rose, Iowa State, 6-4, 245, Jr., Brecksville, Ohio.
LB — Tony Fields II, West Virginia, 6-1, 220, Las Vegas.
LB — Garret Wallow, TCU, 6-2, 230, Sr., New Orleans.
CB — Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson, TCU, 5-9, 177, So., Waco, Texas.
CB — Zech McPhearson, Texas Tech, 5-11, 195, Sr., Columbia, Maryland.
S — Trevon Moehrig, TCU, 6-2, 202, Jr., Spring Branch, Texas.
S — Jalen Pitre, Baylor, 6-0, 200, Jr., Stafford, Texas.
P — Austin McNamara, Texas Tech, 6-4, 185, So., Gilbert, Arizona.
SECOND TEAM
Offense
QB — Brock Purdy, Iowa State, 6-1, 212, Jr., Gilbert, Arizona.
RB — Deuce Vaughn, Kansas State, 5-5, 168, Fr., Round Rock, Texas.
RB — Chuba Hubbard, Oklahoma State, 6-0, 208, Jr., Sherwood Park, Alberta.
T — Adrian Ealy, Oklahoma, 6-6, 327, Jr., Gonzales, Louisiana.
T — T.J. Storment, TCU, 6-7, 325, Sr., Statesville, North Carolina.
G — Derek Schweiger, Iowa State, 6-3, 311, Jr., Plymouth, Wisconsin.
G — Michael Brown, West Virginia, 6-3, 345, Sr., Compton, California.
C — Colin Newell, Iowa St., 6-4, 304, Jr., Ames, Iowa.
TE — Austin Stogner, Oklahoma, 6-6, 262, So, Plano, Texas.
WR — Xavier Hutchinson, Iowa State, 6-3, 207, Jr., Jacksonville, Florida.
WR — Marvin Mims, Oklahoma, 5-11, 177, Fr., Frisco, Texas.
All-Purpose — Deuce Vaughn, Kansas State, 5-5, 168, Fr., Round Rock, Texas.
K — Cameron Dicker, Texas, 6-1, 204, Jr. Austin, Texas.
Defense
DE — +Joseph Ossai, Texas, 6-4, 253, Jr., Conroe, Texas.
DE — Ochaun Mathis, TCU, 6-5, 247, So., Manor, Texas.
DT — Dante Stills, West Virginia, 6-3, 275, Jr., Fairmont, West Virginia.
DT — Drew Wiley, Kansas State, 6-4, 300, Sr., Vinton, Iowa.
LB — Amen Ogbongbemiga, Oklahoma State, 6-1 235, Sr., Calgary, Alberta.
DE — +Joseph Ossai, Texas, 6-4, 253, Jr., Conroe, Texas.
LB — ++ Nik Bonitto, Oklahoma, 6-3, 238, So., Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
LB — ++ Terrel Bernard, Baylor, 6-1, 222, Jr., La Porte, Texas.
CB — Rodarius Williams, Oklahoma State, 6-0, 195, Sr. Shreveport, Louisiana.
CB — Tre Brown, Oklahoma, 5-10, 186, Sr., Tulsa, Oklahoma.
S — Tykee Smith, West Virginia, 5-10, 202, So., Philadelphia.
S — Greg Eisworth II Iowa State, 6-0, 198, Sr., Grand Prairie, Texas.
P — Jordy Sandy, TCU, 6-3, 216, So., Traralgon, Australia.
+=Ossai got votes at both positions; ++=tie for final second-team LB spot.
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Coach of the year — u-Matt Campbell, Iowa State.
Offensive player of the year — u-Breece Hall, RB, Iowa State.
Defensive player of the year — Mike Rose, LB, Iowa State.
Newcomer of the year — (tie) Spencer Rattler, QB, Oklahoma; and Tony Fields II, LB, West Virginia.