SAN ANTONIO, TX – Iowa State’s DeAndre Kane drove the lane and made a lay up with less than two seconds remaining, capping off a back-and-forth slugfest in the final minutes to defeat North Carolina 85-83.
The Tar Heels appeared to get the ball past mid-court and call a timeout before time expired, but a clock malfunction on the inbound pass caused confusion on how much time was left and when all was said and done, officials determined the game was over. Third-seeded Iowa State advances to the Sweet 16 where they’ll face seventh-seeded Connecticut.
Kane led the Cyclones with 24 points and 10 rebounds and Melvin Ejim scored 19 for an Iowa State team missing its star forward Georges Niang, who will miss the rest of the tournament with a fractured foot. Roy Williams’ Tar Heels had all five starters scoring in double digits, but failed to stop Iowa State on its final two possessions.
Brad Sham and Will Perdue called the action on WestwoodOne Sports.
(DeAndre Kane slam puts Iowa State up 25-21 early)
(Leslie McDonald hits a three for UNC)
(Marcus Paige puts UNC up by six with a three)
(Naz Long puts the Cyclones back in it with a three)
(Melvin Ejim layup ties the game at 76)
(Kane drives the line with seconds left to give Iowa State the lead)
(Final call as officials determine there’s no time left on the clock)
(Postgame interview with Iowa State’s Melvin Ejim)
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