By Rob Gray
AMES — Sure, Iowa State Coach Fred Hoiberg’s even-keel, modest and cool as they come.
Doesn't mean he’s not a fierce competitor, though — from iPhone apps to memories of big games of the past.
So apply a grain of salt when The Mayor seems to have trouble recalling how many points he scored in games played a couple decades ago.
He remembers — and later was willing to add a couple details to the 51-point high school game he was asked about in the wake of Melvin Ejim’s historic 48-point performance in Saturday’s 84-69 win over TCU.
Hoiberg scored 51 in a 1991 substate game vs. Indianola.
He played three quarters and there’s a good reason why.
Hoiberg’s Ames Little Cyclones beat the Indians 108-60 that night en route to a state championship.
Oh, and one more thing:
Indianola featured several good players, including …
“Casey Blake,” Hoiberg said.
Yes, that Casey Blake — the one who went on to hit 167 home runs in 13 seasons as a major league ball player with teams such as the Cleveland Indians and Los Angeles Dodgers.
Ejim said Saturday Hoiberg hadn’t told him about the 51-point game.
But even if he did, the also-modest and typically-deferential Ejim had a ready-made rebuttal.
“I think this beats high school,” he said with a smile.