Iowa State vs. UAB: Score, Stats & Highlights

Iowa State's Dustin Hogue goes to the basket during the Cyclones' game against UAB Thursday. (Getty)

Iowa State’s Dustin Hogue goes to the basket during the Cyclones’ game against UAB Thursday. (Getty)

Final Score

Iowa State Cyclones — 28-31 — 59
UAB Blazers — 31-29 — 60

It didn’t take long for the Madness to set in.

No. 14 seed UAB knocked off No. 3 Iowa State 60-59 in their opening game of the NCAA Tournament.

Robert Brown scored 21 points and William Lee hit two late free throws to ice the game for the Blazers (20-15), who will face the winner of SMU-UCLA on Saturday. Lee had 14 points and 12 rebounds.

Monte Morris led Iowa State (24-9) with 15 points. Georges Niang and Matt Thomas added 11 points apiece. Jameel McKay had 12 rebounds, 10 points and 6 blocked shots.

The Blazers dominated the glass, outrebounding the Cyclones 52-37. UAB had 19 offensive boards.

Both team struggled from the floor, especially long range. UAB hit just 3 of 18 3-point attempts (all made by Brown), while ISU was only 6-for-23.

For a complete boxscore, click here.

Stats Leaders & Scoring

Iowa State

Monte Morris – 15 points, 4 assists, 4 steals
Matt Thomas – 11 points
Georges Niang – 11 points, 7 rebounds
Jameel McKay – 10 points, 12 rebounds, 6 blocks


Robert Brown – 21 points
William Lee – 14 points, 12 rebounds
Tyler Madison – 9 points, 11 rebounds

Live Game Updates

Second Half Notes

– Robert Brown’s 3 gave UAB a 56-55 lead with 50 seconds remaining
– With 3:22 left, UAB was just 8 of 28 from the floor in the second half; ISU was 11 of 22
– With just under 4 minutes left in the game, UAB had not hit a 3-pointer in the second half
– Iowa State had just 1 turnover in the second half nearly 12 minutes in
– Iowa State opened the second half with a 6-0 run
– UAB missed its first 6 shots of the second half

First Half Notes

– UAB shot 13 for 35 (37.1 percent) after starting 3 for 15
– Iowa State shot 11 of 26 (42.3 percent)
– The Blazers were 2 for 10 from 3-point range, while the Cyclones hit 4 of 12
– UAB had 9 offensive rebounds (23 total) and ISU just 1 (15 total)
– Both teams had 5 steals
– The Cyclones had 7 fouls and 9 turnovers, the Blazers 4 and 6
– UAB took its first lead at 19-18 with 7:40 left in the half

Preview: Iowa State & UAB Set to Clash in Louisville

Fred Hoiberg‘s Iowa State Cyclones made a frantic run to their Big 12 Tournament title. They used a buzzer-beater and overcame two double-digit deficits before cutting down the nets in Kansas City.

A wild ride, indeed. But Thursday it picks right back up.

ISU meets UAB in Louisville in a Round of 64 game in the NCAA Tournament.

The Blazers made a somewhat surprising run to the Conference-USA title, capturing the automatic bid in their hometown of Birmingham, Alabama.

Tip time is scheduled for 12:40 p.m. Eastern and will air on truTV.

Keep it here live updates throughout the game.