HONOLULU – DeAndre Kane scored 23 points and No. 14 Iowa State overcame its worst half of the season to beat Boise State 70-66 on Wednesday night in the Diamond Head Classic championship game.
Kane hit a 3-pointer with less than 2 minutes left to help seal the win for the Cyclones (11-0). 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.
The win gives Iowa State its best start to a season in school history. It started with 10 straight wins in the 1996-1997 season en route to a final 16 appearance in the NCAA tournament.
Derrick Marks had 23 points for Boise State (10-3).
Iowa State came back after making less than a third of its shots in the first half, improving to 50 percent in the second half, including 6 of 13 3-pointers (46.2 percent).
Kane earned tournament MVP honors for his three-game performance, with his biggest moments coming Wednesday.
Also in the Diamond Head Classic:
South Carolina 69, Akron 59: Duane Notice scored 15 points as the Gamecocks defeated the Zips in the third-place game.
Sindarius Thornwell, Brenton Williams scored 12 points apiece and Michael Carrera, Tyrone Johnson each added 10 points off the bench for South Carolina (4-6).
Demetrius Treadwell scored 12 points and Quincy Diggs had 10 for Akron (6-4).
Hawaii 79, Oregon State 73: Isaac Fotu led four players scored in double figures with 17 points as the Rainbow Warriors defeated the Beavers in the fifth place game.
Garrett Nevels had 16, Christian Standhardinger 15 and Brandon Spearman added 14 for the Rainbow Warriors (9-3). Spearman also grabbed 10 rebounds and Keith Shamburger chipped in with nine points, 10 assists and six rebounds.
Roberto Nelson scored 22, Devon Collier added 13, 10 rebounds and Challe Barton chipped in with 13 points for the Beavers (7-4).
George Mason 65, Saint Mary’s 63: Patrick Holloway and Bryon Allen scored 15 points each as the Patriots defeated the Gaels in the seventh-place game.
Johnny Williams added 14 points for the Patriots (6-6), who trailed the entire game until Allen’s jumper with 2:42 remaining.
James Walker III and Stephen Holt scored 14 points apiece for the Gaels (9-3) and Brad Waldow scored 10 points.