KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Georges Niang finally had a charge call go his way, but it came with a price: Five stitches and a lot of blood.
Iowa State's sophomore forward held his ground as KU's Brannen Greene drove to the hoop with 1:23 left in Iowa State's 94-83 win over the Jayhawks in Friday's Big 12 semifinals. Greene inadvertently swung an elbow on the play and as the scrum cleared Niang remained on the court, blood pouring from his face.
Niang left the game with a white towel draped over his head, but he gave the crowd a fist-pump.
"I scared you guys for a little didn't I?," Niang said in the postgame locker room, his face clean and a bandage over his right brow. "Naw, I knew I was alright. I felt a warm feeling in my hand and the next thing my eye was flooded with blood. I'm a healthy kid so I'm a good bleeder."
Iowa State's leading scorer against the Jayhawks (25 points) will be fine for Saturday's title bout, against either Baylor or Texas.
"The eye's doing pretty good," Niang said. "Got some stitches and I'm good to go."
From the 7:40 second-half mark to 5:02, Niang scored four consecutive times for the Cyclones — a layup, a jumper, a baby hook over Kansas' Andrew Wiggins and a floater.
"It was a great game," Niang said. "I'm just real proud of my team they way they handled adversity."
Main image photo via Lawrence Peart