Iowa State Blows Out Texas A&M Corpus Christi
By Rob Gray, Correspondent
AMES — In the first few practices of the season, Iowa State forwards Dustin Hogue and Melvin Ejim repeatedly clashed for rebounds.
Hogue, a junior college transfer, scraped two away.
Ejim, the Big 12’s leading rebounder last season, insisted he was fouled — a tongue-in-cheek claim Hogue naturally contested.
Regardless, one thing’s for sure …
“(Hogue) goes after those rebounds like a monster,” Ejim said.
Tuesday, the “monster” displayed his touch, draining all three of his 3-point attempts while notching 13 points and eight boards as the Cyclones (2-0) dropped Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 80-50 before a crowd of 13,238 at Hilton Coliseum.
“I always thought of myself as a hyper guy,” said Hogue, who will share monstrous on-the-glass duties with Ejim once the latter returns from a left knee injury. “I try to bring that to the basketball court a little bit.”
That’s an understatement.
Hogue grabbed four of his rebounds and drilled one of his long-range baskets in a span of 5:02 early in the second half.
That pretty and gritty flourish happened to coincide with an 18-2 ISU run that turned a 39-28 lead into a 57-30 cushion with 12:06 remaining.
“Dustin was terrific, not just scoring the ball, but he was all over the court,” said Cyclone coach Fred Hoiberg, whose team plays host to No. 7 Michigan at 4 p.m. (ESPN2) Sunday. “I looked at the box score to see he only had eight rebounds. I thought he had about 20. He got his hands on so many balls. He was just a monster all over the court.”
DeAndre Kane led the Cyclones with 15 points, while pitching in seven rebounds and four assists.
Georges Niang notched a game-high five assists.
“Georges is a rhythm guy and when he gets it going he’s a fun guy to go through because he makes so many good plays in there,” Hoiberg said.
EJIM UPDATE: Hoiberg said Ejim’s rapid rehab since injuring his knee Oct. 30 might not be fast enough to get him back on the court for Sunday’s game against the Wolverines. “It’s just too hard to say it this point,” Hoiberg said. “I wouldn’t say (Ejim’s chances of playing) are real high.”
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