The Iowa State men’s basketball team defeated Villanova 81-79 in overtime at Thursday’s Phil Knight Invitational in Portland, Oregon.
Gabe Kalscheur led Iowa State (4-0) by 23 points. He fouled at 2:34 in overtime just after his 3-pointer gave the Cyclones a 75-71 lead.
Osun Osunniyi scored in 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. He made both free throws for a 79-74 lead. After a Villanova basket, Lipsey was fouled again and took both foul shots for an 81-76 lead.
Caleb Daniels hit a 3-pointer to reduce the Cyclones’ lead to 81-79 with 2 seconds left. Iowa State then brought in the ball and the clock ran out before Villanova could foul.
“At the start of the game, they loved their energy. At the start of halftime, they loved their energy. At the start of overtime, they loved their energy,” said Iowa State coach TJ Otzelberger. “A great team win. A lot of guys made great contributions.”
Villanova’s Brandon Slater scored two free throws with 10 seconds left to level the score and send the game into overtime. Earlier, with a 1:10 rule left, Iowa’s Jaren Holmes missed the front end of a one-and-one and set up a 3-pointer from 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 best free throw shooting team in the nation. Iowa State made 13 of 15 from the foul line and kept Villanova (2-3) 40 percent off the field.
Iowa State battled Villanova’s pressure defenses throughout the court in the second half, allowing the Wildcats to rally after the Cyclones built a double-digit lead.
Osunniyi scored 17 points for the Cyclones. Holmes added 12. Iowa State fought from 3-point range and finished 8 of 28. Kalscheur was 5 of 15 behind the arc. Caleb Grill triggered the Cyclones by hitting a 3-pointer for a 70-67 lead 30 seconds into overtime. Grill missed his other three shots from behind the arc, but his basket made was a big one.
“We have all the faith in the world in Caleb,” said Otzelberger. “He has had great success throughout his career. He works on it every day. … It’s great to see him knock one down at this point. No shot is bigger than that 3.”
The state of Iowa scored 23 points on 18 Villanova sales, compared to 16 points on Villanova sales. The Cyclones scored 40 points in the color, with Villanova just 16. Iowa State led 35 minutes while Villanova led 6 minutes.
Daniels led the Wildcats by 25 points.
The state of Iowa plays leaders North Carolina on Friday (4:30 p.m., ESPN). The Tar Heels survived a scare against Portland in their first round game and won 89-81.
“When we’re back at the hotel, we’ll meet up immediately and start planning the game,” said Otzelberger. “We’ll probably show our guys a movie (from North Carolina) later tonight and make sure they know what our plan is going to be for this game before they go to bed tonight.”