Cyclones Ride Hogue to Sixth Win

Hogue jumped and scrapped and, to the surprise of many, shot his way to a double-double in the first half

He won't be able to do it every night, but Dustin Hogue provided a nice remedy to Iowa State's early stagnant offense and sloppy shooting Monday against Auburn.

Hogue jumped and scrapped and, to the surprise of many, shot his way to a double-double with 8:30 remaining in the second half to help the Cyclones rectify a slow start — they didn't lead until 10:46 in the first at 12-all — and eventually storm past the Tigers, 99-70.

More impressive than the fourth blowout this season for No. 17 Iowa State (5-0), however, was Hogue's final line of 22 points and 16 rebounds. Heading into the day's college hoops slate, only nine other times had a player accomplished a feat of as many points and rebounds in one game.

"Dustin had as close as you can have to a perfect game tonight," head coach Fred Hoiberg said after the game.

Said Hogue: "The ball just kept bouncing my way."

Also helping the Cyclones to a 15-point first-half run was the sharp shooting of Matt Thomas, Naz Long and Monté Morris. After airballing his first attempt and clanking his next, Thomas hit four of his next three shots from behind the arc and finished with 12 points.

Long (11 points on 4-for-9 shooting from the field) and Morris (eight points on 3-for-7 shooting) each hit a three-pointer during the run, as did Hogue.

Hogue, the JUCO transfer from Indian Hills C.C., raised his season three-point percentage from 37.5 to 45.4.

"He's such a good attack player they're gonna stay off him a little bit [on the perimeter]," Hoiberg said. "That's what allows him to rise and shoot. When he does that he's a rhythm guy."

Melvin Ejim added his 23rd career double-double after a quiet first half in which he recorded four points and four rebounds in 12 minutes.

Morris, the freshman point guard, finished one assist shy of a double-double.

Georges Niang fouled out to end a bad night (four points on 2-for-8 shooting) while starting point guard DeAndre Kane struggled from the floor (2-for-9) but still scored eight points and dished out seven assists.

With K.J. Bluford checking in at the 4:03 mark in the second half, Iowa State was able to get all its scholarship minutes for the second consecutive game.

Auburn's Chris Denson scored a game-high 24 points and the Tigers shot 33.9 percent from the field. Iowa State held the advantage on the glass, 47-36.

Next up for the Cyclones is a Dec. 7 contest against Northern Iowa in at the Wells Fargo Center in Des Moines, which begins a stretch of three tough games (Dec. 13 vs Iowa, Dec. 22 vs George Mason).

"I'm just encouraged with the early part of the season," Hoiberg said. "I think our guys have done a great job, got a lot of new faces and great players we've got to replace. ... They're going out there and playing very unselfishly."


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