Hogue is a headliner in my book

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“It’s Thomas early and Ejim late as ISU ends skid”Gazetteonline.com

 “Niang, Ejim lift No. 16 Iowa State over No. 22 KSU”SI.com

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The Cyclone men’s basketball team picked up a big victory Saturday with its 81-75 triumph over nationally ranked Kansas State.

 The steady frontcourt duo of Georges Niang (15 first-half points) and Melvin Ejim (18 second-half points) led the way as they frequently do.

 Also busting into the major contributor role was freshman Matt Thomas (career-best 14 points). DeAndre Kane added a strong 10-5-5 (points-rebounds-assists) line.

 Not in the headlines again, however, was Dustin Hogue. He is making a living this season off being overlooked and yet making the plays that win games.

 Hogue took six shots in 25 minutes. Hogue led the team in boards (he had 12) and grit. Just like always.

 “I knew he was a little frustrated, but he kept his head in game,” Coach Fred Hoiberg said. “To go out there and get those rebounds is huge.”

 The strength of this Cyclone team is that the contributions come from everywhere.

 “They have 5 weapons and they stretch you out,” K-State Coach Bruce Weber said.

 The shooters normally get the headlines. That’s ok.

 The warriors, like Hogue, ice the wins. He deserved a headline, too.

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