Hogue Leads Cyclone Rout of Auburn
By Rob Gray, Correspondent
AMES — Forget per-minute production.
How about per-second?
Iowa State forward Dustin Hogue required precisely 18 ticks to grab his first rebound and 36 one-counts to score his first points, igniting a career performance as the No. 18 Cyclones crushed Auburn 99-70 in a Big 12/SEC Challenge game before 13,889 fans last night at Hilton Coliseum.
“Oh yeah,” the 6-6 junior said as ISU improved to 6-0. “The ball just kept bouncing my way. It seemed like everywhere I was the ball was just coming my way, so I tried to keep up with it, keep playing hard.”
Hogue’s stopwatch-timed eruption ended with 22 points and 16 rebounds in 31 minutes — with very little of it bubbling past the first quarter of the second half.
The high-energy transfer from Yonkers, N.Y., achieved his second career double-double in the first 10:28 alone.
“He’s a beast down there,” said teammate Melvin Ejim, who quietly posted his 23rd career double-double with 14 points and 10 boards.
Hogue never seemed to tire, though a missed free throw that would have completed a 3-point play prompted him to groan.
“It looks so good when it’s coming off your hand, but when it doesn’t go in it kind of gets you a little bit,” said Hogue, who went 8 of 10 from the field and 2 of 3 from 3-point range.
That’s nitpicking and it’s OK.
“I think Dustin was probably as close as you could (get) to a perfect game tonight, but that’s what you want out of your guys — you want them upset at themselves if they’re making mistakes,” Cyclones Coach Fred Hoiberg said. “At the same time, they’ve got to put it behind them.”
Four other Cyclones scored in double figures, including Matt Thomas (14 points), Monte Morris (12) and Naz Long (11).
Morris, a freshman, and DeAndre Kane, a senior, combined for 16 assists and zero turnovers while running the point against the athletic, but outmanned Tigers (4-2).
“That’s a pretty darn good stat,” Hoiberg said. “I think a coach likes to see that after a game. Monte’s got such a great feel. You look out there and our two freshmen are as poised as anybody on our team.”
The other freshman, Thomas, sparked an overwhelming 30-7 first-half surge after Auburn used zone pressure to take an early 12-5 lead.
The Cyclones were getting good looks, but shots weren’t falling — mostly from 3-point range, where they started off a frigid 0-for-8.
Cue Thomas who delivered a long-range swish from the wing with 12:35 left that made the score 12-10.
Cue the onslaught, which helped form ISU’s highest scoring back-to-back games (209 points, including 110 in last week’s win over Missouri-Kansas City) since it put up 210 in consecutive triumphs over North Florida and Chicago State in the 1994-95 season.
“They’re going out there and playing very unselfishly,” Hoiberg said. “And that’s a great sign.”
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