Iowa State's Monte Morris lives up to nickname with buzzer-beater finish

Tommy Birch

AMES, Ia. -- Monte Morris was instructed by his All-American teammate Georges Niang to go win the game.

Morris, who had the ball in his hand for Iowa State’s buzzer-beater win over Texas in last season’s Big 12 Tournament, was once again being leaned on late.

Just just like that moment, Morris delivered when it mattered most.

Morris’ floater with nine seconds remaining lifted No. 4 Iowa State to an 83-82 victory over Iowa before an announced crowd of 14,384 fans at Hilton Coliseum on Thursday night.

“I was just telling him, ‘Go take us home man,’ because he really is our catalyst,” Niang said. “He’s really the guy that brings us to the top. We feed off what he does.”

Morris finished with 20 points and nine assists. He earned his nickname in this Cy-Hawk bout.

That nickname, "BigGame," is Morris’ handle on his Twitter and Instagram accounts. It’s a nickname that Morris has lived up to in the past,  knocking down a shot as time expired to give Iowa State a win over Texas at last season’s Big 12 Tournament.

Niang's words to Morris certainly helped too, with Iowa State trailing 82-81 late.

“With an all-American doing that to a guy like me, it just shows the character of Georges and the faith he has in me and the confidence,” Morris said. “When he told me that, it just gave me the green light to go and make a play and we were going to live with me making it or missing it.”

Morris dribbled into the lane and lofted the shot over Iowa’s Anthony Clemmons. The shot swished in to give Iowa State the 83-82 lead.

“It’s just a move that if a guy cuts you off, you just stop and pop over the top,” Morris said. “I had more lift than Clemmons, and I knew if I was able to see the rim and get a good release, it had a chance to go in.”

His teammates had faith in Morris handling the ball when it mattered most.

“We trusted our point guard and the ball’s in his hands and we knew he was going to make the right play,” Iowa State’s Matt Thomas said.

Morris was asked where this game ranked among his favorite.

“This one stole the show for my career,” Morris said.

Iowa State guard Monte Morris had 20 points, including the game-winning bucket, in ISU's 83-82 win over Iowa.

Morris now has a perfect mark when the game's on the line.

"I'm 2-for-2 on game winners," Morris said.