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December 26, 2013

Boise State loses 70-66 to No. 14 Iowa State

HONOLULU (AP) — Derrick Marks and the Boise State Broncos missed a chance to hand No. 14 Iowa State its first loss of the season.

Boise State blew an 11-point, first-half lead and ended up falling 70-66 on Wednesday night in the Diamond Head Classic final.

Marks, who led the Broncos (10-3) with 23 points, missed a 15-foot jumper with less than 30 seconds left that would have tied it.

"They know how to win games and there's a reason they're undefeated," Boise State coach Leon Rice said about Iowa State.

Iowa State (11-0) is flying home with three more wins and its best start in school history.

The Cyclones recovered from a season-low 27 points in the first half. The 70 total points also was a season low, but the result was still the only one they've known so far — the latest of 11 wins.

"We've only played eight games coming into this tournament so it was very important to get these and take care of business and give us some momentum heading into conference," Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg said.

DeAndre Kane scored 23 points, winning tournament MVP honors for his three-game performance. Iowa State beat George Mason and Akron to get to the final.

Kane hit a 3-pointer with less than 2 minutes left to help seal the win for the Cyclones. Boise State's Derrick Marks had a chance to tie with less than 30 seconds left, but missed a 15-foot jumper.

Melvin Ejim had 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Georges Niang had 16 points.

"The guys do a great job of sharing the ball and being unselfish and understanding who's got the best mismatch out there on the floor," Hoiberg said. "DeAndre did a great job getting to spots and making the right play. Georges hit some huge shots for us and Melvin did what he always does for us by getting us extra possessions."

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