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December 18, 2013

Hogue blossoming into star for No. 17 Iowa State

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Hogue was crucial as Iowa State rallied from 18 down to overtake Northern Iowa. He also hit two huge free throws with 12.1 seconds left to force the Hawkeyes into a late 3-point shot, which they missed, in Friday's 85-82 win.

"He's knocking down his free throws and he's hitting his open shots. He's had very good shot selection. He doesn't try to play outside of who he is," Hoiberg said. "I can't say enough about Dustin."

Neither can his teammates.

Ejim led the Big 12 in rebounding last season and was expected to do it again.

But after just six weeks playing next to Hogue, Ejim is already conceding the crown.

"Dustin is a beast. I told him the other day that I've probably given over the reins to him. He's just found a way. He battles every time," Ejim said. "He's so athletic, and he just has a knack for the ball."

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