SAN ANTONIO (KWWL) -
With 3rd-seeded Iowa State playing the late game on Friday, they had the opportunity to see all the upsets that happened earlier in the tournament and to see what happens when you don't come out focused —But the Cyclones seemed ready for a North Carolina Central team that came in on a 20 game win streak.
In the first half, Fred Hoiberg's team came out and did what they do best, on the run. And they finished the half strong. ISU led by 6 at the break.
In the second half, Georges Niang caught fire, -- hitting from downtown. He finished with a team high 24.
But late in the game, he left hobbling, and the diagnosis is not good: a broken bone in his foot will put an end to his season.
The Cyclones move on with a 93 - 75 win, but the mood in the locker room was anything but celebratory.
"We're playing as good as any team in the country right now," coach Fred Hoiberg said, "after 3 great games in Kansas City and this game tonight, and one of our main cogs will be out the rest of the tournament, but we'll see what we're made of."
Junior Forward Dustin Hogue summed it up: "We're going to have to come together as a team, to step it up. All guys, even starters, guys coming off the bench, and everything. Georges is a big part of our team, we're going to miss him but I have no doubt guys are going to step up."
So, Iowa State will go into Sunday's game against 6 seed North Carolina without one of their difference-makers.
That's a big hole to fill as they try and punch a ticket in to the sweet 16 for the first time in 14 years.
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