Cyclones' Niang leaves it all on the court in upset of Kansas -- including a lot of blood
Mar 14, 2014 at 9:49p ET
Iowa State upset top-seed Kansas on Friday night in an intense Big 12 tournament battle, but the Jayhawks weren't the only ones who left stunned.
Cyclones sophomore forward Georges Niang, who led his team with 25 points and seven assists, took a nasty elbow in the closing minutes which opened a bloody gusher near his eye.
I'm sure that will hurt in the morning, but here's guessing that Niang wasn't feeling much pain as he pumped his right arm in the air after the big win.
The victory for Iowa State represented its first in four tries against Kansas in the Big 12 tournament, and its first over the Jayhawks in Kansas City since March 10, 1996, when the schools were still part of the Big Eight. It also allowed Iowa State to match its 2001 team for the second-most wins in school history, trailing only the 32 wins piled up by the 2000 team.
Incidentally, it was that team that won the Cyclones' only Big 12 tournament title.
If the Cyclones bring the same type of intensity to the championship game, they might just grab their second conference title.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.