Iowa State ousts defending champion UConn
Chris Allen scored 20 points and eighth-seeded Iowa State ousted defending national champion Connecticut 77-64 in the NCAA South Regional on Thursday at Louisville.
Connecticut (20-14) became the first defending national champion to lose in the first round since Princeton upset UCLA 43-41 in 1996. The victory sends Iowa State (23-10) into the round of 32 on Saturday against No. 1 seed Kentucky. Royce White added 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Cyclones. The Huskies trailed 36-14 in the first half but rallied to within 58-52 on Ryan Boatright’s 3-pointer with 8:26 remaining. Iowa State responded with a 7-0 run, building a 65-52 lead on Melvin Ejim’s two free throws with 2:53 to go. The Cyclones used a 16-0 run to build a 22-point first-half lead. Allen and Scott Christopherson each hit two 3-pointers during the run, and Anthony Booker’s jumper with 7:53 left in the half gave Iowa State a 36-14 advantage. Christopherson added 15 points for Iowa State. Shabazz Napier led the Huskies with 22 points.