DENVER (AP) — Nose bloodied, Torrey Craig returned wearing a clear mask.
Knocked down later, his Denver Nuggets teammates rushed to his defense.
DENVER (AP) — Denver Nuggets forward Torrey Craig returned to the game wearing a clear mask to protect the nose he bloodied in a collision during Game 2 against Portland.
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Flint Beecher has been a state basketball powerhouse for years, but the last decade has seen the Buccaneers become just as well known for the individual talent they have...
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DENVER (AP) — The Denver Nuggets halted a three-game skid by turning up their defense and turning things over to their deep guard rotation which will only get deeper when Gary Harris and Isaiah Thomas return to action after the All-Star break.
DENVER (AP) — Monte Morris restored his long-range jumper to mint condition.
The Great Spearmint Gum Wrapper Experiment worked.
Last summer, the Denver Nuggets backup point guard went through shooting drills with a wrapper from a stick of gum — mostly spearmint, he said — wedged between his thumb and index finger on his guide hand. It was a way to find a more reliable release.
DENVER (AP) — Nikola Jokic likes the way the Denver Nuggets have bounced back from their worst loss of the season.
Jokic had 19 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds in his sixth triple-double this season, and the Nuggets beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 124-102 on Saturday night. Jamal Murray scored 26 points as Denver won for the third time in four games, though the lone blemish in that span was a 31-point loss to Golden State earlier this week.
DENVER (AP) — Jamal Murray and the Denver Nuggets keep right on rolling. Not just ankles, either.
Murray scored 31 points despite turning his right ankle late in the fourth quarter, Monte Morris hit two big free throws with 7.2 seconds remaining and the Nuggets held off the San Antonio Spurs 102-99 on Friday night to extend their home winning streak to eight.
After the game, Murray eased into his dress shoe, wincing in pain.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Denver Nuggets have hit a few bumps en route to the Western Conference's best record.
Just not like this.
Danilo Gallinari and Tobias Harris each scored 21 points, Montrezl Harrell added 20 and the Los Angeles Clippers beat Denver 132-111 on Saturday for the Nuggets' worst loss of the season.
The Nuggets (21-10) had not lost by more than 10 points and had won four straight.
DENVER (AP) — Little surprise, Nikola Jokic had another big game.
Pleasant surprise, Monte Morris found a groove.
Jokic had 27 points and 12 rebounds, Morris tied a career high with 20 points and the injury-depleted Denver Nuggets beat the Memphis Grizzlies 105-99 on Monday night.
Morris gave the Nuggets the lead for good on a 3-pointer with 5:22 remaining. The reserve also had five assists and five rebounds.
DENVER (AP) — The Denver Nuggets have agreed to a multiyear deal with point guard Monte Morris.
The 6-foot-3, 180-pound Morris was the 51st pick of the Nuggets in 2017 and spent a bulk of the season playing for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the G League. He averaged 17.8 points and 6.5 assists.
Morris recently suited up in four games for the Nuggets in the Las Vegas Summer League, where he averaged 17.5 points and 6.3 assists.
AMES, Iowa (AP) — As Iowa State coach Steve Prohm watched a practice this summer with Monte Morris, the fabulous point guard he had to replace this season, he seemed to have only two options.
Prohm could either go with senior Donovan Jackson or hand control of the offense to highly-touted freshman Lindell Wigginton, so Jackson could focus on scoring.
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State lost the best point guard in school history to graduation in Monte Morris.
The Cyclones compensated by signing freshman Lindell Wigginton, one of the biggest recruits in program history.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Malik "Mighty Mouse" Ellison received a FaceTime call on the night of Feb. 28.
The 5-foot-8, 155-pound Beecher point guard was fresh off an emotional high of dropping a Flint area record 63 points and 11 assists, in a thrilling 108-104 triple-overtime loss to New Haven for the season finale.
He immediately answered the call when former Beecher star and Iowa State floor general Monte Morris hit him up.
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Nearly seven years to the day he was hired, the Fred Hoiberg era is over at Iowa State.
Steve Prohm is now completely in control of the Cyclones' future.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Iowa State starts four senior guards, and each of them averages in double figures. Purdue might have the most imposing frontcourt in the country.
Big 12 versus Big Ten. A clash of styles in the NCAA Tournament.
Monte Morris and the speedy Cyclones take on Caleb Swanigan and the bruising Boilermakers in the second round Saturday night at the home of the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks. At stake is the Midwest region's first ticket to Kansas City for the Sweet 16.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Monte Morris delivered another solid all-around performance. Deonte Burton, Naz Mitrou-Long and Matt Thomas took turns coming up with big plays.
A little experience goes a long way this time of year.
Morris had 19 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, and Iowa State outlasted Nevada 84-73 on Thursday night to advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Everybody on the Iowa State bench got a snippet of net from the Big 12 Tournament.
Monte Morris got just about the whole thing.
It was only fitting the most valuable player in the Big 12 Tournament, the senior guard who kept willing the No. 23 Cyclones to victory, got to hang the net around his neck. Morris scored 17 points in the title game Saturday night to send Iowa State to an 80-74 victory over No. 11 West Virginia.
It was the third title in four years for the Cyclones.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Monte Morris helped Iowa State win a pair of Big 12 Tournament titles under Fred Hoiberg.
Now he has a chance to do it under Steve Prohm.
The all-Big 12 guard had 15 points, Deonte Burton scored a game-high 22, and the pair of seniors guided the No. 23 Cyclones to an 84-63 rout of upstart TCU on Friday night, moving the program into the tournament title game for the third time in the past four seasons.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Monte Morris had the ball in his hands with Iowa State's victory assured, knowing he was only an assist shy of the second triple-double in the history of the Big 12 Tournament.
The senior star held the ball until teammate Naz Mitrou-Long came over and took it so he'd get the turnover instead when the shot clock ran out.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Monte Morris was an assist shy of the second triple-double in Big 12 Tournament history, leading No. 23 Iowa State to a 92-83 victory over Oklahoma State in the quarterfinals Thursday.
Morris finished with 21 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists for the fourth-seeded Cyclones (21-10), who will carry their late-season season momentum into a semifinal matchup with either No. 1 Kansas or TCU.
AMES, Iowa (AP) — In their last night at Hilton Coliseum, Iowa State's four senior starters gave the Cyclones one last home win that came down to the buzzer.
Matt Thomas scored 25 points and No. 24 Iowa State held off a furious challenge from Oklahoma State on Tuesday night, winning 86-83 to close out its home schedule with its sixth straight win.
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Senior Matt Thomas scored 25 points and No. 24 Iowa State held off a furious challenge from Oklahoma State on Tuesday night, winning 86-83 to close out its home schedule with its sixth straight win.
Monte Morris added 12 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds for the Cyclones (20-9, 12-5 Big 12), who clinched their sixth consecutive 20-win season and swept the Cowboys for the fourth straight year.
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State star Deonte Burton often takes shots that his coaches wish he wouldn't.
With a potential win over a top 10 opponent slipping away, Burton banked in the biggest basket of his career.
Burton scored 22 points, including a crucial 3 off the glass with just over a minute left, and Iowa State beat No. 9 Baylor 72-69 on Saturday for its fifth straight win.
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — It was pointed out to Iowa State coach Steve Prohm that his team won at Kansas earlier this year.
Still, he insisted, this 82-80 overtime win against Texas Tech Monday was the best road win of the season.
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State has made Hilton Coliseum uncomfortable again.
Naz Mitrou-Long had 15 of his 25 points in the first half and Iowa State beat TCU 84-71 Saturday to move into a three-way tie for second in the Big 12.
Monte Morris added 18 with 11 assists for the Cyclones (17-9, 9-5 Big 12), who joined Baylor and West Virginia in second — three games behind Kansas.
AMES, Iowa (AP) — It's what senior point guard Monte Morris hasn't done for Iowa State that has made him so special.
For the third time in four years, Morris is leading the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio despite playing in one of the fastest offenses in the country.
Morris is averaging 5.8 assists for every miscue, which is nearly a full assist better than the player ranked second, Purdue's P.J. Thompson.
MANHTAAN, Kan. (AP) — Before Wednesday night, Solomon Young had just one start for Iowa State and a scoring average of just 3.4 points a game.
Young's second start was one for the books.
The freshman scored a season-high 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the Cyclones to an 87-79 win over Kansas State.
Deonte Burton added 17 points, Naz Mitrou-Long Long had 16, Monte Morris 15 and Matt Thomas 14 for Iowa State (16-9, 8-5 Big 12).
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Iowa State followed up a terrible practice with a terrific game.
One of its most satisfying in years.
Deonte Burton hit seven 3-pointers and scored 29 points, Monte Morris added 25 and made two crucial free throws in overtime, and the Cyclones rallied from a big halftime deficit to beat No. 3 Kansas 92-89 on Saturday and end the Jayhawks' 51-game winning streak in Allen Fieldhouse.
AMES, Iowa (AP) — It seemed for months like Iowa State was as unlucky as any team in the country.
The Cyclones finally caught some breaks Tuesday — at the expense of the equally unfortunate Kansas State Wildcats.
Senior Matt Thomas scored a career-high 25 points and Iowa State held off a furious Kansas State rally to win 70-65, its fourth victory in six games.
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Iowa State coach Steve Prohm liked what he learned about his team on Saturday.
Deonte Burton scored a career-high 31 points, and Iowa State rallied from a 19-point first-half deficit to beat Oklahoma 92-87 in double overtime.
"I just want to say how proud I am of these guys," Prohm said. "All of them. They go in tough situations and build their character. Our character is what we try to highlight every day."
AMES, Iowa (AP) — No. 2 Kansas passed its biggest Big 12 road test of the season, winning in a gym where losing was threatening to become a trend.
Frank Mason III had 16 points, Landen Lucas scored 14 and the Jayhawks held off Iowa State 76-72 on Monday night for their 17th straight win.
Svi Mykhailiuk added 13 for the Jayhawks (17-1, 6-0 Big 12), who snapped a two-game skid in Ames and opened 6-0 in the Big 12 for the 10th time.
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Monte Morris scored a career-high 30 points and added five rebounds, five assists and four steals to help Iowa State beat Oklahoma State 96-86 on Wednesday night.
Matt Thomas scored 19 and Nazareth Mitrou-Long contributed 17 points, six rebounds and four assists for the Cyclones (11-4, 3-1 Big 12), whose only conference loss was a 65-63 nail-biter at No. 2 Baylor on Jan. 4. It was Iowa State's eighth-straight win over Oklahoma State.
AMES, Iowa (AP) — If Iowa State can get Deonte Burton to play as well as he did Saturday more often, the Cyclones just might have a chance in the Big 12.
Burton scored 27 points — two more than he had total in his previous three games — and Iowa State held off Texas 79-70 for its fourth win in five games.
Monte Morris had 22 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and zero turnovers for the Cyclones (10-4, 2-1 Big 12), who won despite not hitting a free throw for over 30 minutes.
AMES, Iowa (AP) — After fiddling with his rotation for weeks, Iowa State coach Steve Prohm went to an unconventional lineup to help pull the Cyclones out of a funk.
Naz Mitrou-Long scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half and Iowa State rallied from 14 down to beat Texas Tech 63-56 Friday.
Monte Morris had 14 points with six assists for the Cyclones (9-3, 1-0 Big 12), who recovered from an ugly start to beat the Red Raiders at home for the sixth time in a row.
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State will spend the next two months playing in one the toughest leagues in the country.
The Cyclones won't be able to struggle for more than a half like they did on Tuesday and expect to compete in the Big 12.
Senior Matt Thomas scored a career-high 23 points to lead Iowa State past Mississippi Valley State 88-60, helping the Cyclones post back-to-back wins for the first time in a month.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State's Naz Mitrou-Long broke out of a season-long slump with the best game of his career.
The Cyclones needed nearly all of his 37 points to hold off and eventually overwhelm woeful Drake.
Mitrou-Long shattered his career high and Iowa State held off Drake 97-80 on Saturday night, its seventh win in its last nine tries against in-state opponents.
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Jacob Evans III made two free throws with 20 seconds left in overtime and Cincinnati upset No. 19 Iowa State 55-54 on Thursday night, the Cyclones' second straight loss.
Kyle Washington had 13 points and 10 rebounds and Evans had 11 points for the Bearcats (6-1), who also snapped Iowa State's 37-game non-conference home winning streak.