Two former Utah State players transferring to Division II BYU-Hawaii

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At the conclusion of the 2013-14 season four Utah State players, including starting forward Kyle Davis, announced their intentions to transfer to new schools. Saturday it was reported that two have found new homes, with 6-foot-6 forward Danny Berger and 6-foot-10 center Jordan Stone both headed to Division II BYU-Hawaii. The news was reported by Kris Henry of the Mail-Trubune.

Berger’s career has been an eventful one to say the least, with a heart issue forcing the wing to miss most of the¬†2012-13 season. Berger collapsed during a practice in December of 2012, and he was cleared to return to the court in September 2013. Berger played in 28 of Utah State’s 32 games this season, averaging 3.2 points and 1.9 rebounds in just under 12 minutes of action per game.

And in Henry’s story, Berger ruled out a lack of playing time as the reason why he decided to leave Utah State:

“That’s not really the issue,” he said of the playing time. “I’m just looking for a better opportunity and this experience presented itself.”

“It was a long up-and-down year (at Utah State) and I just feel like I can reach my potential at another place,” Berger added. “I’m not going to say everything I was thinking when I came to my decision, I just think there’s opportunities for me as a basketball player by transferring to BYU-Hawaii and it will help me out for the future.”

As for Stone he averaged 2.7 points and 2.8 rebounds in 11.9 minutes of action per game, and both players will be eligible to play immediately since they’re dropping from the Division I to Division II level. Berger has one season of eligibility remaining, with Stone having two after redshirting as a freshman (2011-12).

POSTERIZED: Cal’s Jaylen Brown has his dunk contest entry

California's Jaylen Brown lays up a shot against Oregon State in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Berkeley, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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Cal picked up a big win over Oregon State in Haas Pavilion on Saturday night, and the exclamation point was this emphatic dunk from Jaylen Brown:

Niang, Morris lead No. 14 Iowa State past No. 24 Texas

Iowa State forward Georges Niang drives past Texas guard Tevin Mack, left, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
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After falling at Texas Tech for the second straight season midweek, No. 14 Iowa State needed to bounce back with No. 24 Texas visiting Hilton Coliseum. The return of Jameel McKay, who was suspended for two games, certainly helped the Cyclones and the play of Georges Niang and Monte Morris was key as well. But the biggest difference on this night was the fact that Iowa State was able to limit the effectiveness of Texas point guard Isaiah Taylor.


Taylor scored just nine points on 3-for-14 shooting from the field, and with Morris and Niang scoring 24 points apiece the Cyclones won by the final score of 85-75.

Taylor had multiple opportunities to make plays around the basket thanks to his ability to beat defenders off the bounce, but he struggled to finish. Add in a 0-for-4 night from three, and Texas’ most dangerous offensive option was unable to duplicate his performance in the first meeting between the two teams. In Texas’ 94-91 overtime win over the Cyclones January 12, Taylor scored 28 points and dished out six assists with just one turnover, shooting 11-for-17 from the field.

Four Longhorns finished in double figures, with Tevin Mack and Javan Felix scoring 18 apiece, but with Morris decisively winning the point guard matchup Texas was unable to pick up the win on the road.

For Iowa State the aforementioned tandem of Morris and Niang performed as they did in the first meeting, which should come as no surprise. What helped them, especially when it came to Texas attacking the basket, was the presence of McKay. McKay finished the game with eight points, seven rebounds and four blocks in 22 minutes of action, and to have their best interior defender back on the floor certainly helped the Cyclones on this night.

With their lack of depth Iowa State’s margin for error is small, especially when it comes to foul trouble, injuries and disciplinary reasons.¬†Even with Texas’ size advantage Iowa State outscored them in the paint 48-34, and McKay’s defensive ability factored into that. The Cyclones can put points on the board with the best of them, but at some point they’ll need to string together stops as the games get even bigger.

Iowa State managed to do that down the stretch, with Morris and Niang running the show offensively. And that’s a good formula to be able to rely upon as the season approaches its most important month.