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DES MOINES, Iowa – Most teams that fall behind by 18 points to a team as methodical as Northern Iowa are doomed to defeat.
Not Iowa State. The 17th-ranked Cyclones needed just seven minutes to rally from a 49-31 deficit against the Panthers on Saturday.
Though Northern Iowa forced overtime, the Cyclones scored 20 points in the extra five minutes and won going away, 91-82.
Iowa State (7-0) is now third in the nation in scoring at 91.7 points a game heading into Friday's game against 23rd-ranked Iowa. The unbeaten Cyclones are also second nationally in assists per game — and they generate much of their attack from their defense.
Iowa State leads the country with 36 defensive rebounds a game.