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.