For the first 38 and half minutes Friday, Iowa showed the composure necessary to win in Hilton Coliseum. It faded in the final 90 seconds and it cost the Hawkeyes.
No. 17 Iowa State used an 8-0 run in the final 1:29 to escape with an 85-82 victory. The Hawkeyes missed five of six free throw attempts in the game's last 2:44, including a front end of a one-and-one.
Iowa senior Zach McCabe misfired on clean three-point attempt with five seconds left. The No. 23 Hawkeyes then missed a couple put-backs, the final horn sounded and the ISU fans rushed the court. The first game between the rivals as ranked teams since 1987 lived up to the hype.
"I thought we fought hard," Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery said on his radio postgame. "We couldn't finish it. We could't finish. It's disappointing."
McCaffery said Iowa (10-2) needed to make free throws at the end. He said if he could have picked two guys to shoot them, it would be starting guards Mike Gesell and Roy Devyn Marble. They missed three in the final :36, including a one-and-one by Marble. The coach said he felt bad for his backcourt.
Aaron White paced the Hawkeyes with 25 points and 17 rebounds. Marble netted 19 and Gesell added 11. They each dished out six assists.
Georges Niang led the Cyclones (8-0) with 24 points while teammate Melvin Ejim kicked in 22 points and seven boards. Dustin Hogue pulled down 16 boards and scored 12 for the winners.
The Hawkeyes won the backboards, 49-35. They shot only 4 of 17 (23.5 percent) from beyond the arc and 14 of 21 (66.7) from the foul line.
Iowa State shot 36 free throws, 15 more than the visitors, making 23 of them.
The Hawkeyes take a break from game action with finals week coming up. They return to the court Dec. 22 when they play host to Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
-Aaron White recorded the 10th double-double of his career and second of the season with a season-high 25 points and a career-high 17 rebounds
-Aaron White (17) and Adam Woodbury (11) each recorded career-highs in rebounds.
-White’s 17 boards is the most by and Iowa player under Fran McCaffery
-Iowa has scored 82+ points in all but one game this season.