By Rob Gray
AMES — Iowa State guard DeAndre Kane lit up the scoreboard, then lit into his teammates at halftime of Sunday’s exhibition game against Augustana (S.D.) at Hilton Coliseum.
“Everybody was playing uptight,” fellow guard Monte Morris said. “DeAndre was yelling at us at halftime, ‘Come on! Come on! We can play better than this.’”
So they did.
The new-look Cyclones sprung a 38-8 second-half run on the Vikings, turning a 40-36 deficit into a commanding 74-48 edge en route to a 90-68 win before 13,326 fans.
Kane, a senior transfer from Marshall, scored a team-high 19 points while grabbing a game-high 10 rebounds — all in 20 minutes of playing time curtailed by cramping issues.
“To get 10 (rebounds) in 20 minutes, I’m not very smart, but that’s 20 in 40 minutes and that’s pretty good,” ISU coach Fred Hoiberg said. “To go out there — per minute rebound is phenomenal. He’s got great instincts to track them down.”
Eventually, others began tracking them down, too.
The Cyclones — playing without injured star Melvin Ejim, who’s out four to six weeks with a hyperextended left knee — outrebounded Augustana 27-to-17 in the second half, including 12-to-4 on the offensive end.
“We started out slow,” Kane said. “Picked it up in the second half.”
Slow as in down 11-2 in two in a half minutes.
Slow as in 0-for-8 from 3-point range.
“I thought we were timid in the first half,” Hoiberg said. “They hit some contested shots and I think we let it bother us. We weren’t getting it out of the net and pushing it down the floor like we’ve been practicing. We just didn’t have any flow going.”
Cue Kane’s fiery words.
Cue the flow, from Matt Thomas, whose first of three 3-pointers with 14:50 left fueled the long-burning run.
And from Morris, who snared a team-high two steals, nabbed five rebounds and added one of six second-half 3-pointers.
“Once we started getting that rebound established and getting out and pushing in transition, we were off and running,” Hoiberg said.
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