Cyclones corral Buffaloes on Senior Night

On a night where three seniors were playing their final game at Hilton Coliseum, a freshman stole part of the spotlight for Iowa State.Calvin Godfrey posted a career-high 23 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Cyclones (16-14, 3-12 Big 12) to a 95-90 win over Colorado Wednesday, which was Iowa State's second win over a team on the proverbial NCAA Tournament bubble.

Godfrey was a part of a Cyclone interior game that outscored the Buffaloes (18-12, 7-8) 52-30 in the paint, along with a 19-9 advantage in 2nd-chance points and a 40-32 lead on the glass.

"Calvin was just great, both scoring and rebounding tonight," senior guard Diante Garrett said. "Calvin being aggressive helps our whole team out."

Cyclone coach Fred Hoiberg said Godfrey gave the team a vital lift, especially when Colorado seemed to be making runs.

"He posting hard and attacking the glass all night," Hoiberg said. "He was just everywhere."

For the second straight game, Iowa State had five players in double figures, including all three seniors. Jamie Vanderbeken posted a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds and Jake Anderson and Garrett both poured in 16 points, with Garrett dishing out seven assists. Junior Scott Christopherson scored was the other Cyclone in double figures with 17 points.

"We are doing a great job of sharing the basketball," Vanderbeken said. "No one really cares who does what as long as it gets done."

Vanderbeken's comment was displayed early and often in the game as the Cyclones jumped out to a 20-8 lead with four players scoring during that spurt. Colorado was able to tie the game at 24, however, after a 16-4 run that was led by Alec Burks and Marcus Relphorde, who led the Buffaloes with 24 and 21 points, respectively.

Colorado took a five-point lead late in the half, but Iowa State scored eight of the last 10 points of the half to take a 38-37 lead into the locker room. A Garrett layup just before the buzzer gave his team the lead in a start that was very different than the matchup in Boulder, where Colorado took a 15-point halftime lead and won by 26.

"There is no air out in Colorado; I couldn't breathe," Anderson said jokingly. "We were used to this building, and with it being Senior Night, we weren't going to lose this one."

Iowa State built its lead to ten after going on an 11-2 run to open the second half, hitting three 3-pointers during that run to keep the momentum going. Colorado whittled the lead down and eventually tied the game at 64-64, but Godfrey scored on the next possession to help the Cyclones regain the lead.

That play started a 7-0 run to give Iowa State the lead for good, as Garrett earned a conventional 3-point play and Anderson beat everyone down the floor for a layup. The Cyclones were able to hit enough free throws late to keep Colorado at an arm's length and finish off a 57-point half, where they shot 70 percent from the field.

"This is a group that I saw right away was going to go out and give great effort because of their character," Hoiberg said. "It was hard losing those close games but I told them the wins would come if they kept playing that way and they have."

Hoiberg was impressed with the way all of his seniors played under the pressure of their final home game, even making a joke about how he struggled on his Senior Night at Iowa State in a loss to Oklahoma.

"They all made big plays at some point in the game," Hoiberg said. "They all went out a bit better than I did."

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