White took challenge to heart in road win at Texas A&M

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The television announcers for the Iowa State men’s basketball game at Texas A&M said that Coach Fred Hoiberg told his team that “boys win at home and men win on the road”.

That was Hoiberg’s way of saying that his team’s win over Texas Wednesday in Hilton Coliseum was an easier assignment that defeating pre-season Big 12 favorite Texas A&M on the road.

One player, especially, took that challenge to heart.

Royce White, the physically imposing 20-year-old with 14 games of college experience, sparked the Cyclones’ victory against the Aggies with a “triple double” netting double figures in points, rebounds and assists.

It was the fourth “triple double” in school history, the eighth in the nation this season and only the sixth (Jamaal Tinsley and Curtis Stinson among them) ever in a Big 12 Conference game.

White was especially tough on the boards, grabbing 18 rebounds.

“You could see it in his (White’s) eyes,” Hoiberg said. “He wasn’t just getting rebounds, he was swallowing rebounds… going up with two hands and then pushing it up the floor.”

Hoiberg spent much of the pre-season urging his club to respond to challenges better. After consecutive wins to open the league season, it appears that message has been received and his club is starting to play like “men”.

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