Iowa State: Dustin Hogue Strikes Again

By Jack Dooley
Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

The Iowa State Cyclones and the Iowa Hawkeyes had their first basketball meeting in 1909. Friday night would be the first meeting in 26 years where both teams were ranked in the top 25.

The year was 1987 — a 102-100 OT victory for the Cyclones. The game featured three future first round draft picks and a marvelous 54 point performance from Lafester Rhoads that still has Iowa fans cursing to this day. Head coach Fred Hoiberg was in attendance as a recruit.

The two rivals would square off in front of a national audience 26 years later to determine who would own bragging rights as best in the state for the next year. Iowa State would need another Rhoads-like performance to defeat the 10-1 Hawkeyes team, and they got it from a household name that is currently raising eyebrows across the nation. That man is no other than the incumbent National Player of the Week Dustin Hogue.

Hogue notched his fourth double-double of the season with a team high 16 rebounds. It has been the little things that have made Hogue a rising star this season. After trailing a majority of the game, it was Hogue who put the team back in the lead with an old fashioned three-point play off an offensive rebound.

Hogue effectively put the game on ice with 12 seconds remaining by drilling two critical free throws. The Cyclones would go on to win 85-82. Georges Niang and Naz Long combined for 37 points, but were in foul trouble throughout the game. Iowa State was outrebounded by 14 in the contest, but Hogue secured the rebounds when it mattered most.

Jack Dooley is a Big 12 Basketball writer for Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter @JackDooleyOCS and Facebook.

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