Nebraska Falls To Cyclones
Lincoln -- Marcus Fizer scored Iowa State's final six points to break a 59-all tie as the Cyclones won a school-record 11th straight game with a 66-65 victory over Nebraska Wednesday evening at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.
The Big 12's leading scorer at over 20 points per game, Fizer finished with a game-high 26 points and 11 rebounds as ISU improved its record to 14-2 overall and 2-0 in the Big 12. The 11 straight wins broke the previous record of 10 straight, set in the 1997-98 season.
Trailing 66-62 with 30 seconds left, the Huskers, who drop to 7-8 overall and 0-2 in the Big 12, still had opportunities to win the game in regulation.
After NU guard Danny Walker converted one of three from the line to cut the lead to 66-64, the Huskers stole the ball on ISU's ensuing possession, calling a time out with 25 seconds left. Cary Cochran's missed 3-pointer was rebounded by Husker center Kimami Ffriend, who converted a pair of foul shots to trim the ISU lead to 66-65 with 10 seconds left. Ffriend finished with eight points and a team-high nine rebounds in the losing effort.
After a quick foul, Cyclone guard Michael Nurse missed both free throws, giving the Huskers a final chance, but Larry Florence, who led Nebraska with 17 points and five rebounds, missed a jumper from the corner and was unable to tip in the miss at the buzzer.
ISU converted on just 12-of-23 from the foul line, while NU, which made its first 12 from the charity stripe, finished with a season high 84.2 percent, hitting 16 of 19 from the foul line
After two lead changes and three ties in the first 16 minutes of the half, Iowa State used a 11-0 spurt over a 96 second span build its largest lead of the half at 35-24 with 1:19 remaining in the half. Kantrail Horton's 3-pointer started the spurt which was capped off by a pair of Marcus Fizer baskets and a steal and lay-up by Jamaal Tinsley. Nebraska's Danny Walker ended the run with a 3-pointer with 1:01 remaining to cut the Cyclone lead to 35-27 at halftime.
In the second half, the Huskers continued to trim the Cyclone lead tying the score on a Bradford basket at th 11:40 mark and taking its first lead since early in the first half on Ffriend's tip-in. Neither team would be able to pull ahead as the lead exchanged hands six times before Fizer's bucket gave ISU a 61-59 lead with 3:01 remaining.
Steffon Bradford finished with 14 points and eight rebounds to join Florence in double figures.
The Huskers return to action this Saturday, Jan. 15, as Nebraska travels to Lawrence, Kan, to face the Jayhawks at 8:05 p.m. The game will be televised in Lincoln on Channel 10/11 and in Omaha on Channel 3.
Nebraska Notes vs. Iowa State - Jan. 12, 2000
*- The one-point game against the Cyclones was NU's first against ISU since an 85-84 Iowa State victory in Lincoln on Feb. 27, 1988. Nebraska is now 10-4 in one-point games under Danny Nee.
*- The last three games between ISU and NU have been decided by a total of eight points.
*- Steffon Bradford's 14-point performance was his sixth straight game in double figures, the longest streak by any Husker this season. He has a team-best 11 double-figure scoring games this year.
*- Sophomore Louis Truscott tied his career high with three blocked shots against the Cyclones, equaling his previous best of three at Missouri (1/2/1999). Truscott also finished with six points and seven rebounds, the sixth time this season he had six or more rebounds in a game.
*- Nebraska's 84.2 percent from foul line (16-19) was a season-high, bettering NU's 76.7 percent shooting (23-30) against Minnesota on Dec. 31.
*- With Iowa State's 44.8 shooting from the floor, Nebraska has now held 10 opponents under 45 percent this season.
*- Nebraska has lost its first two conference games for the second straight season
*- Junior Matt Davison dressed for the first time since joining the basketball team Monday. The 6-1, 185-pound guard from Tecumseh did not play against Iowa State.
Nebraska Head Coach Danny Nee Quotes:
"The game was just about like I dreamt it. It was a physical, hard-fought basketball game. Marcus Fizer is a great player. I think the difference in the game was the first half. Fizer and Iowa State made some big plays in that first half. In the second half, we played solid basketball, but we just didn't make the shots to win the game."
"I didn't want to call a timeout in the last 10 seconds because we were in transition. I would rather have the ball in transition than against a set defense."
"I think my guys are growing and getting better. We are making good progress. I think our inexperience still puts us at a disadvantage, but I was please with out effort."
"This was a great Big 12 basketball game. Fizer was the difference in the game. He is a great player. Ever since he came into this league he has been getting better. I hope he goes to the NBA. Soon."
Iowa State Head Coach Larry Eustachy Quotes:
"I thought it was a great win for this team. It was a hard fought game. I think the score was an indicator of how tough both teams competed."
"In spite of us missing three out of four free throws we still did what it took to win. They had a good look at the basket (at the end of the game) and it could have gone either way."
"With all of the free throws and all of the fouling, it was incredible to win this game. We sucked it up the last five minute and we were able to match their determination."
"(Larry) Florence is the (Nebraska's best player), but they are a well balanced team. They are going to win a lot of games and this is a good win for us."
Iowa State forward Marcus Fizer Quotes:
"We just had to play as hard as we could, play through all the fouls. It came down to the physical game and we were there. I have never won in this gym and I didn't want to leave here without winning one. This is a big win for us."