Morris leads Iowa State past Nevada in NCAA Tournament

Iowa State got down by 19 in the 2nd half against Purdue, but as we’ve seen so many times, the Cyclones rallied and nearly pulled off one of the greatest comebacks in NCAA history.

Storrs, Conn. – The Connecticut women’s basketball team got a nice little backyard warmup in on Saturday, dismantling Albany 116-55 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Gampel Pavilion. Deonte Burton, Naz Mitrou-Long and Matt Thomas took turns coming up with big plays. The winningest class in school history created a culture of comebacks, dating all the way back to 2013, when Mitrou-Long hit a 3-pointer to tie a game against Oklahoma State, leading to a double-overtime victory. “Now, you have to do something to help us get there”. “The last thing I told the guys in the locker room was that the last six, seven weeks of the season we were playing as good as anybody in the country”. He was a constant presence inside and out, taking advantage of an undersized Iowa State front line while also hitting three three-pointers. “That’s been our defensive principles since Coach Prohm got here”. But he only played 4 minutes in the second half. “I understand, he’s 53 years old and he’s got a family to think about”.

“Carsen Edwards has been one of the best freshmen in our league, (with) his ability to make plays and shots”, Painter said. “I’m ready to get back to campus and get to work and watch the game tomorrow, Kansas-Michigan State, and see who is left”. Monte Morris was excellent in the Cyclone victory. When you have a game plan and you start off and it starts working right away, then you feel good about us. I thought we were pretty special tonight. Their seniors played really well and that was the difference in the ballgame.

Cameron Oliver scored 22 points for Nevada (28-7), which had won nine straight by an average of 15 points.

“We know what we’re capable of”, said Sykes. “We had small things, turnovers”.

“We changed as a team”.

“We just couldn’t get over the hump”.

Iowa State vs Purdue scores and results will be posted here.

After falling behind by as much as 19 to open the second half, Iowa State took control, coming within a possession with about 10 minutes to play.

“It is contrasting styles”, Cyclones coach Steve Prohm said.

“NOTES: The Cyclones had a heavy local presence on their roster”.

Deonte Burton, showing an array of isolation moves, scored 17 of his 25 points after halftime.

Cooper’s seventh 3-pointer of the game sent the Orange into the fourth quarter leading by 20 points and they kept the Cyclones at bay the rest of the game. Purdue junior P.J. Thompson had 10 points, two assists and no turnovers against the Catamounts, and is second to Morris with a 4.30 assist-to-turnover ratio.

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