Iowa State leans on DeAndre Kane, Melvin Ejim to escape UNC

Cesar Tordesillas – 4E Sports Contributor

San Antonio, TX, United States (4E Sports) – DeAndre Kane had 24 points and 10 rebounds as the Iowa State Cyclones edged the North Carolina Tar Heels, 85-83 Sunday at AT&T Center.

Big 12 player of the year Melvin Ejim scored 19 while Monte Morris added 13 points for the No.3 seed Iowa State (28-7).

Kane scored 15 points in the first period including Iowa State’s last nine as the Cyclones took a 40-37 lead at halftime.

No. 6 seed North Carolina (24-10) took control midway in the second half with a 14-2 run as the Tar Heels established a 70-62 lead.

But Iowa State scored eight unanswered points with Naz Long and Morris hitting 3-pointers and Ejim adding a layup to tie the game at 76.

The game was tied at 81 with 50 seconds left after the teams exchanged baskets.

Then Ejim had a steal against Marcus Paige that led to an assist to Kane for the winning layup with 1.6 seconds left.

Iowa State will face No. 7 seed Connecticut in the East Regional semifinals at Madison Square Garden next week.

Paige led North Carolina with 19 points and Kennedy Meeks had 15 points and 13 rebounds.

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