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UPSET: No. 3 Iowa State falls to No. 14 UAB, 60-59

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ISU players and staff react after losing to No. 14 UAB and bowing out of the NCAA Tournament. (Mark Woodley, KWWL) ISU players and staff react after losing to No. 14 UAB and bowing out of the NCAA Tournament. (Mark Woodley, KWWL)
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KWWL) -

In the first major upset of the NCAA Tournament, the No. 3 Iowa State Cyclones lost their rhythm -- and the game -- to the No. 14 University of Alabama-Birmingham.

ISU started the game shooting very well, getting an early 10-2 lead on the Blazers. And trailing by just 3 going into half, Cyclone fans used to second-half comebacks didn't seem all that worried.

But the second half comeback only briefly materialized. The Cyclones came in hot to start the second half on a 6-0 run thanks to treys by Monte Morris, but UAB's Chris Cokley's monster putback slam and offensive rebounding by the Blazers got them back in the lead.

Morris and Jameel McKay briefly got them back on top, but then the 3-pointers stopped falling. Georges Niang started missing shots Niang never misses.

A fast break and foul shots helped put them back in the lead, but with less than a minute to go, the shots never connected, and the Blazers' Robert Brown hit a three to put UAB up by 1.

The Cyclones bowed out of the tournament and UAB advanced, 60-59.

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The Cyclones started off well, looking loose -- unlike their opponents, the University of Alabama-Birmingham -- but Iowa State lost their stride by the end of the first half.

Naz Long and Georges Niang were both 2-for-2 from the arc, getting a 10-2 lead early in the first half for Iowa State.

After that, the Cyclones began looking a bit sloppy, and their lead began slipping away. UAB went on a 7-0 run before Jameel McKay's slam made it 14-9.

But the 'Clones defense held UAB to just 3-of-15 shooting, while ISU kept a 50% shooting percentage, but had five turnovers.

The Blazers finally tied Iowa State at 16. Niang and Long both had two early fouls apiece and sat for much of the rest of the half after that.

UAB was already in the bonus with about 8 minutes left in the half.

Matt Thomas took over scoring-wise after that, keeping the Cyclones in the game with 8 points in two-and-a-half minutes.

But UAB started getting hot. The Blazers' William Lee hit a jumper that put UAB ahead 29-26.

At the half, Iowa State trailed UAB, 31-28.

Amie Steffeneicher contributed to this report.

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