Basket sends Cyclones into Big 12 semifinals
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Monte Morris' 18-foot jumper at the buzzer capped a dramatic 12-0 closing run, giving the No. 13 Cyclones a 69-67 victory over Texas in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament Thursday night.
"Still not sure how we won it," Cyclones coach Fred Hoiberg said. "Our guys hung together."
Morris had a big part in it. He finished with 24 points for the No. 2 seed Cyclones (23-8), who trailed by 16 points before clawing back into the game. Still, Iowa State trailed 67-57 with less than 4 minutes to go when it unleashed a full-court press.
Iowa State has come from behind to win its last three games.
Grieving Hamilton steps up for UCLA
LAS VEGAS – UCLA lost one starter to an injury, and its leading scorer was saddled with foul trouble, but it didn't slow the Bruins (20-12) down. Not with the way Isaac Hamilton was shooting.
Hamilton hit seven three-pointers and scored 36 points, helping UCLA rout rival Southern California 96-70 in the Pac-12 quarterfinals.
Hamilton, whose grandmother died this week, made 13 of 17 shots and was 7-for-9 on threes. His previous career high was 21.
"For him to have a game like this on the heels of her passing, that's a pretty special situation to be in," UCLA coach Steve Alford said.
No. 25 Boise State has a big man with range
LAS VEGAS – Boise State forward Nick Duncan spends most of his time banging in the paint. That is unless he feels like knocking down three-pointers.
Thursday he was feeling it.
The 6-foot-8, 245-pound Australian hit seven three-pointers and scored 23 points in No. 25 Boise State's 80-68 quarterfinal victory over Air Force in the Mountain West tournament.
"I think the first one or two shots, if they go in, especially the second half, I go on a roll," said Duncan, who attempted a career-high 15 threes.
The top-seeded Broncos improved to 25-7.
Nation's top scorer
drops in 42 points
Missoula, Mont. – Tyler Harvey, the nation's leading scorer, scored a career-high 42 points, carrying Eastern Washington (24-8) over Idaho 91-83 in the Big Sky Conference tournament.
In recording the third-most points in school history, Harvey made eight of 12 three-pointers and 13 of 20 shots overall. The 42 points tied the conference tournament record.
"He had an amazing performance — we have a very special player in Tyler Harvey," Eastern Washington coach Jim Hayford said.
Harvey raised his scoring average to 23.6.