AMES, Iowa (Ticker) -- In a game with a wild finish, Iowa edged rival Iowa State, 54-53, to advance to the second round of the National Invitation Tournament.
Brody Boyd's free throw with 15 seconds left proved the decisive point for the Hawkeyes, who avenged a 73-69 home setback to the Cyclones on December 13. It was the first time the teams had met twice in a season since 1921.
Iowa (17-13), which advances to play Georgia Tech in the second round, led by 48-37 after a basket and free throw by Jared Reiner with 7:34 left. But Iowa State (17-14) stormed back and took a 53-50 lead on a basket by Jackson Vroman with 1:17 to play.
After freshman Jeff Horner tied the contest with a 3-pointer with 43 seconds left, Vroman missed a shot 20 seconds later but was fouled grabbing the rebound. But Vroman missed two free throws with 20 seconds left, and the Hawkeyes fouled Boyd when he pulled down the rebound of the second attempt.
Boyd made his first attempt from the stripe with 15 seconds left but missed the second shot, giving Iowa State a chance to win the game. After Tim Barnes missed a shot with eight seconds left, the Hawkeyes' Sean Sonderleiter missed the front end of a one-and-one one second later and the Cyclones raced downcourt.
But Barnes missed another shot just before the buzzer, allowing the Hawkeyes to escape with the victory.
Glen Worley scored 13 points before fouling out with 2:13 left to pace Iowa, which shot 46 percent (19-of-41) and limited Iowa State to 35 percent (19-of-55).
Vroman had 20 points before fouling out in the waning seconds to lead the Cyclones, who shot just 11-of-20 from the line.
Iowa also struggled from the stripe, connecting on only 14-of-22 attempts.