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Cyclones win first Big 12 title since 2000

Georges Niang celebrates on the court after ISU's big win. Georges Niang celebrates on the court after ISU's big win.

DeAndre Kane led the way with 17 points and for the first time in 14 years, Iowa State won the Big 12 Tournament Championship.

The 16th ranked Cyclones defeated Baylor 74-65 to earn an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.

Iowa State took its first lead of the game on Melvin Ejim's three with a shade under six minutes to play.

After a few lead changes, the Cyclones closed the game out a 14-5 run to lock up the title.

It's just the programs second Big 12 tourney title in school history.

"In the first half, we couldn't make a basket," Head Coach Fred Hoiberg said.  "We started out 0-13, 1-17 and just stuck with it.  Our defense kept us in the game today for sure and then our offense started clicking those last 8, 10 minutes."

"We weren't the ones that played for games, they were," Melvin Ejim said.  "We knew we could play our type of basketball and once we started doing that, getting rebounds and looks we wanted and knock down shots we were able to open the game up and take the lead."

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