The Iowa State men’s basketball team beat Villanova 81-79 in overtime on Thursday at the Phil Knight Invitational in Portland, Oregon.
Gabe Kalscheur led Iowa State (4-0) with 23 points. He fouled out with 2:34 left in overtime, shortly after his 3-pointer gave the Cyclones a 75-71 lead.
Osun Osunniyi scored with about 30 seconds to give Iowa State a 77-74 lead. Freshman Tamin Lipsey then got a steal and was fouled with 20 seconds left. They made both free throws for a 79-74 lead. After a Villanova basket, Lipsey was fouled again and made both foul shots for an 81-76 lead.
Caleb Daniels hit a 3-pointer to cut the Cyclones’ lead to 81-79 with 2 seconds left. Iowa State then inbounded the ball and the clock ran out before Villanova could foul.
“To start the game, loved their energy. To start the half, loved their energy. Start of overtime, loved their energy,” Iowa State Coach TJ Otzelberger said. “A great team win. Lot of guys had big contributions.”
Villanova’s Brandon Slater hit two free throws with 10 seconds left in regulation to tie the score and send the game to overtime. Earlier, with 1:10 left in regulation, Iowa State’s Jaren Holmes missed the front end of a one-and-one, setting up a 3-pointer by Brendan Hausen. The five-point swing gave Villanova a 67-65 lead.
Villanova, a Final Four team last season, made 20-of-25 free throws. The Wildcats are the top free-throw shooting team in the nation. Iowa State made 13-of-15 from the foul line and held Villanova (2-3) to 40 percent shooting from the field.
Iowa State struggled against Villanova’s full-court pressure defense in the second half, allowing the Wildcats to rally after the Cyclones had built a double-digit lead.
Osunniyi scored 17 points for the Cyclones. Holmes added 12. Iowa State struggled from 3-point range, finishing 8 of 28. Kalscheur was 5 of 15 from behind the arc. Caleb Grill sparked the Cyclones by hitting a 3-pointer 30 seconds into overtime for a 70-67 lead. Grill missed his other three shots from behind the arc, but his made basket was a big one.
“We’ve got all the confidence in the world in Caleb,” Otzelberger said. “He’s made big shots throughout his career. He works on it every single day. … Awesome to see him knock one down at that point. No shot bigger than that 3.”
Iowa State scored 23 points off 18 Villanova turnovers, compared to 16 points off turnovers for Villanova. The Cyclones scored 40 points in the paint, Villanova just 16. Iowa State led for 35 minutes compared to 6 minutes for Villanova.
Daniels led the Wildcats with 25 points.
Iowa State will play top-ranked North Carolina on Friday (4:30 pm, ESPN). The Tar Heels survived a scare against Portland in their first-round game, winning 89-81.
“When we get back to the hotel, we’ll immediately meet, start game-planning,” Otzelberger said. “Probably at some point later this evening, we’ll show our guys some film (of North Carolina) and make sure before they go to bed tonight that they know what our plan is going to be going into that game.”