HONOLULU, HI — Iowa State is flying home from its holiday trip to Hawaii with three more wins and its best start in school history. With a win in the Diamond Head Classic, the Iowa State Cyclones are off to a school-best 11-0.
The Cyclones pushed beyond their best-ever start after tying it Monday. The Cyclones started with 10 straight wins in the 1996-97 season en route to a Sweet 16 appearance in the NCAA tournament.
The No. 14 Cyclones beat Boise State 70-66 on Wednesday night to win the Diamond Head Classic, recovering from a season-low 27 points in the first half.
The 70 total points also was a season low, but the result was still the only one they’ve known so far — the latest of 11 wins.
Iowa State came back after making less than a third of its shots in the first half, improving to 50 percent in the second half, including 6 of 13 3-pointers (46.2 percent).
DeAndre Kane put Iowa State within a point about 6 minutes into the second half. Kane took two dribbles with his right hand near the top of the key, then hit a jumper and was fouled. He missed a free throw to tie, but Ejim pulled down the rebound and hit a layup to give the Cyclones their first lead of the game.
Marks tied it at 60 with a jumper and a 3-pointer on consecutive possessions, but Iowa State responded with two free throws and a straightaway 3-pointer by Kane with less than 2 minutes left.
Kane scored 23 points, winning tournament MVP honors for his three-game performance.
The Cyclones beat George Mason and Akron earlier in the week to get to the final.