DeAndre Kane did “it” again. What’s hard to get your arms around is how he does “it”.
What the multi-talented Kane did was lead his team to victory Saturday. That’s the “it”. But, the aspect of the game he excels in seems to be different each time out. He does what is needed.
Sometimes, it’s a key shot. Other times, he is ferocious on the boards or makes a key assist.
In the first half against the Cowboys, for example, Iowa State’s offense was sputtering. It had generated one basket in 5:27. Kane made layups on consecutive possessions to create a spark. That was just the start.
At the end of regulation, Naz Long nailed a long bomb to send the game into overtime. The shot will go down in Cyclone history. But, it doesn’t happen with a rebound and pass – by Kane – leading to the bucket.
In OT, it was Kane’s time. With Melvin Ejim and Georges Niang fouled out, Kane was called on to take over.
“He was getting a lot of things accomplished for us,” Coach Fred Hoiberg said. “With 2 of our top 3 playmakers out, we tried to clear a side of the floor with a shooter in the corner for DeAndre and he made great reads.”
Kane’s overtime totals: 7 points (5 FTs and an offensive rebound put back) and 4 defensive rebounds. Kane’s abilities allowed Hoiberg to play Dustin Hogue (6-foot-6) and four guards in OT.
Kane was the power forward, the ball handler and nearly everything in between during the extra session. His game totals were 27 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists.
You could tell Kane’s last appearance in Hilton Coliseum was special to him. He celebrated with a huge smile on his face while waving to the crowd after the win.
It was cool to see that reaction from Kane, because he’s certainly been a remarkable talent that we could appreciate all season long.