Courtesy: cyclones.com –
AMES, Iowa – Welcome to the Melvin Ejim Show. The Iowa State senior put up one of the greatest performances in school history Saturday afternoon, leading the No. 16 Cyclones (18-4, 6-4 Big 12) to an 84-69 victory over TCU (9-13, 0-10 Big 12).
Ejim broke the Big 12 scoring mark with a career-high 48 points, the second-best single-game total in ISU history and the most points ever scored by a Cyclone vs. a league opponent.
Ejim was an astonishing 20-of-24 from the field, tying ISU’s single-game school record for field goals (20 by Lafester Rhodes vs. Iowa in 1987). His 48 points is second to Rhodes’ 54 on ISU’s single-game scoring chart.
Ejim wasn’t done, however. He also grabbed a career-high 18 boards en route to his 30th career double-double.
ISU took a 16-6 lead with 9:55 left in the first half after Naz Long hit a transition 3-pointer. The Cyclones were able to move ahead primarily because of TCU’s poor shooting. The Horned Frogs opened the game at just 1-of-10 from the floor.
The Cyclones move ahead 32-16 late in the opening period after a Georges Niang trey, however the Horned Frogs ended the half with back-to-back treys to cut the halftime deficit to 32-22.
Ejim had 15 points and nine boards in the first period.
TCU cut the ISU lead to eight points (41-33) with 15:47 left in the game, but back-to-back hoops by Monte Morris, including a long trey from the corner, and an Ejim dunk quickly made it 48-33 ISU with 13:38 remaining in the contest.
Ejim made sure TCU never got much closer the rest of the way.
Keys to the Game
Efficiency. The Cyclones, as a team, were a big part of Ejim’s outstanding afternoon. The Cyclones assisted on 27 of ISU’s 32 field goals in the game.
ISU’s 27 assists is the third-highest total of the season, as ISU made 53.3 percent of its shots from the floor, shooting above 50 percent from the field for the ninth time this season.
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Melvin Ejim The senior made his presence known from the beginning, scoring 15 points and grabbing nine rebounds in the first half. Ejim’s 30th career double-double was already in the books with 13:57 left in the game.
Ejim scored 20-straight points for the Cyclones during a stretch in the second half in his record-setting afternoon. He had 33 points in the second half and scored 20 of ISU’s 32 field goals in the game. His 20 field goals also broke the Big 12 single-game mark.