It was a frigid Tuesday night in Ames, but inside the Hilton Coliseum, DeAndre Kane was on fire, showing the nation why he might be its most underrated player.
Kane scored 30 points and added eight boards, nine assists and five steals to key No. 9 Iowa State to an 87-72 victory over No. 7 Baylor.
Melvin Ejim also chipped in 18 points and freshman Monte Morris poured in 13 off the bench.
After securing a narrow two point halftime lead, Fred Hoiberg's team came out to start the second like a team possessed, and with this victory, they put the rest of the Big 12, and country, on notice.
With the win, the Cyclones (14-0, 2-0 Big 12) extended their hot start and set a school record with 14 consecutive victories.
For Baylor (12-2, 0-1 Big 12) the loss is a bitter pill to swallow.
A hot-shooting start, particularly from three, gave the Bears the lead early in the first half. They got what they wanted, a close game at halftime, and had largely been successful at keeping the notoriously raucous Hilton Coliseum crowd out of the game.
But when things went bad, they went really bad. With just under 14 minutes to play in the game, a Naz Long three, followed-up by an Ejim layup capped an 11-3 run for the Cyclones, and the rout was on.
The Bears were led by Gary Franklin and Brady Haslip with 15 points apiece, but they shot themselves in the foot, turning the ball over 19 times.
Iowa State won't have long to revel in their victory. They return to the court on Jan. 11 when they travel to Norman to face Oklahoma.
Baylor will also be in action on that day, and they will host TCU in Waco.
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