Saturday was a big day for Melvin Ejim. The senior from Toronto extended his double-double streak to three consecutive games. No other player in the Big 12 Conference has accumulated that many double-doubles this season. He logged his eighth double-double of the year, bringing his career total to 30. No other player in the Big 12 is even close to that total.
The current points leader in the Big 12 went off against Texas Christian. The senior only missed four shots from the field. Ejim became the ninth Iowa State Cyclone to score 40 or more points in a single game. The last Cyclone to breach the 40-point plateau was Craig Brackens in 2009 against Kansas.
Ejim joins his coach Fred Hoiberg in the 40-point club. Hoiberg scored 41 points against the Colorado Buffaloes in 1995. Ejim set the single-game record in the Big 12 for points in a single game with 48.
His previous career high was 23 points. What was most impressive about Ejim’s big day was his efficiency. He was 20-of-24 from the field, a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line and a perfect 2-of-2 from 3-point range. Ejim also had a career-best 18 rebounds, becoming the first player since Blake Griffin to have a game with more than 35 points and 15 rebounds as a member of the Big 12 conference.
Iowa State will have a quick turnaround as they will play in Morgantown on Monday night against West Virginia. The Cyclones are currently in third place in the Big 12. With the easiest remaining schedule in the Big 12, the Cyclones can at least secure the no. 2 seed in the conference tournament.