Lafester Rhodes' night to remember won't be one that Cyclone fans soon forget.
On December 19, 1987 the 6-foot-8
"If I talk to any
What made the feat even more
remarkable is that it came against the No. 7 Hawkeyes in annual in-state rivalry
"I have seen people score a lot of
points in a game that is 80-something to 50-something, but I haven't seen
anything like that," former
Johnny Orr said. "It was amazing. That was the greatest individual performance I have ever seen — from Michael Jordan, or anybody."
Early on in the game, it was the Hawkeye's muscular center, Ed Horton, that looked to be on pace for the big night.
"In the first half Ed Horton had
12 points and Lafester had eight," former assistant coach Jim Hallihan said. "I
told Coach Orr that maybe we should have (
Rhodes, who committed just one turnover, logged 45 minutes in the game and said aside from "some summer league games", it was the hottest he has ever been on a basketball court.
"That night, if (
Following the game,
"They left me open, so I just kept
taking the shots,"
"No, I didn't realize how big it
was," he said. "I didn't understand it until I got out of college. Now, I
understand how special it was. Then, I was just out playing basketball. I took
it as another game, a big win," said
Rhodes had started just one game
in his previous three seasons in
However, a star was born on that
cold night just six days before Christmas. Motorists traveling down Highway 30
in Carroll days after the game noticed an insurance agent's sign that read, ‘All
Rhodes lead to
After wrapping up his career at Iowa State, Rhodes played two years in the Continental Basketball Association and also played for teams in Argentina and
Rhodes, who is divorced, has two
children — Demonica (14) and
"Sometimes I do," he said. "Those
were the fun days. You can't bring them back. What I remember is the big games.
When we made it to the Sweet 16 (in 1986) and the