Familiar storyline results in road win as Niang is front and center (again)


Several early-season trends re-emerged Saturday in Iowa State’s Big 12 road triumph at TCU.

Two are good and one is not.

A slow start (storyline #1) was followed by a gutty win (#2) and Georges Niang was in the middle of the big plays (#3).

“We can’t come out of the locker room like that,” Coach Fred Hoiberg said. “After we picked it (the pace) up a little, we started playing better. But, that’s after you’ve given them confidence.”

Iowa State had several games earlier this year with slow starts but Hoiberg noted his team’s improvement in that area as the season has gone along.

ISU also found a way to grind out a win in Ft. Worth. During its undefeated non-conference season, the Cyclones found ways to win time after time despite some sluggish starts. TCU was no different.

“It was good to see us finish,” Hoiberg said.

Much like the early part of the year, Niang was in the middle of the game-clinching plays. He seems to prosper in critical times.

“Georges was really good all game,” Hoiberg said. “And, those two 3-point plays were huge and really sealed it for us.”

The script at TCU was familiar and, once again, the most important factor was that the result goes in the left-hand column of the league standings.