Cyclones Top Kansas State in Big 12 Quarterfinals

By Rob Gray, Correspondent

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas State's Marcus Foster drove hard.

Iowa State's Dustin Hogue dug in — ball sighted, hands ready, poised to pounce.

"Doing the dirty work," the 6-6 forward later said, smiling.

Game, set, strip for the Cyclones.

Hogue's pilfer of Foster with ISU clinging to an 83-80 lead with 1:54 left led to a Naz Long layup in transition.

Thus, the fourth-seeded Cyclones (24-7) survived the "bar fight" they expected with the fourth-seeded Wildcats (20-12), sweeping past the Big 12 Championship quarterfinals Thursday with a 91-85 win played that unfolded before a decidedly pro-ISU crowd at the Sprint Center.

"I love tug of war games," said Hogue, who scored 19 points, shot 6 of 8 from the field, grabbed 10 rebounds and muscled away two steals. "Because 99 percent of the time I'm definitely going to get them."

Just ask formerly underrated teammate and Big 12 player of the year Melvin Ejim, who led ISU with 24 points while also grabbing 10 boards.

Ejim's called Hogue a "monster" in the past — and played like one himself in a game that included 11 ties and eight lead changes.

Read more: http://thegazette.com/2014/03/13/cyclones-top-wildcats-in-big-12-quarterfinals/
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