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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Georges Niang walked off the floor in the closing minutes with a bloody towel pressed tightly to his forehead, pumping his fist and riling up the Iowa State fans in the Sprint Center. Turns out he was just jumpstarting the celebration. Niang scored 25 points before leaving with that gash above his right eye, and the No. 16 Cyclones held on down the stretch to beat No. 10 Kansas 94-83 Friday night and reach their first Big 12 tournament title game since 2000. "We love competing for championships," Niang said later, a bandage over his wound. "Coach says take it one day at a time, but the Big 12 championship is one day away from us." DeAndre Kane had five 3-pointers and scored 20 points, and Big 12 player of the year Melvin Ejim added 19 points for the fourth-seeded Cyclones (25-8), who will play for just their second tournament title Saturday night against the winner of Texas-Baylor. The victory for Iowa State represented its first in four tries against Kansas in the Big 12 tournament, and its first over the Jayhawks in Kansas City since March 10, 1996, when the schools were still part of the Big Eight. It also allowed Iowa State to match its 2001 team for the second-most wins in school history, trailing only the 32 wins piled up by the 2000 team. Incidentally, it was that team that won the Cyclones only Big 12 tournament title. "Its a great win for us, for the fact it gives us confidence we can compete with anyone in the nation," Cyclones coach Fred Hoiberg said. "It was good to finally get one of these after struggling to close out games against Kansas the past few years." Relying on some hot outside shooting, Iowa State took charge in the second half, and then held on as the top-seeded Jayhawks (24-9) tried to make a late run to get back into the game. Perry Ellis led Kansas with 30 points. Andrew Wiggins finished with 22. The Jayhawks again were playing without 7-footer Joel Embiid, the leagues defensive player of the year, and his rim-protecting presence was sorely missed. The freshman has a stress fracture in his back and is likely out until at least the second weekend of the NCAA tournament. "Joel not being in there, he could probably guard Niang better," Kansas coach Bill Self said, "but I think it was more a collection of everybody rather than just one individual." The Sprint Center was packed to the rafters with fans eager to see whether Iowa State could finally end its five-game losing streak against the Jayhawks, or whether Kansas could burnish what it hoped would be a resume worthy of a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. The teams got after it right from the tip, racing up and down the floor in what amounted to a series of 94-foot wind sprints. Iowa State got the better of it early, forging a 23-16 lead, but the Jayhawks countered with a brutally efficient 20-3 charge to take control. Things got so intense that the normally placid Hoiberg was rung up with a technical foul after Kane appeared to be hammered on the way to the basket and no foul was called. "I used a bad word," Hoiberg said sheepishly. "Im not going to say I didnt." The Jayhawks lead was also short-lived. Kane started the comeback by converting a three-point play, Ejim and Niang went to work inside, and the Cyclones tied it 46-all in the closing minutes of the first half when Kane knocked down another shot from the corner. Their hot perimeter shooting continued in the second half, when the Cyclones turned a 48-46 deficit into a 66-57 lead, the last points in the run on a deep ball from Naz Long. By that point, Iowa State was 11 of 16 from the 3-point line. "We were on our heels defensively throughout the game," Ellis said. "I felt in the first half we did a lot better. In the second half, we let too many straight-line drives to the basket." The Jayhawks eventually extended their defence to the perimeter, and thats when Iowa State started going to the basket again. Niang scored four straight baskets for Iowa State during one stretch that made it 81-72, and scored on three straight trips to make it 86-74. The lead never got much smaller, even after Niang was whacked in the face during a scrum under the basket, prompting him to start the party for the Iowa State fans in attendance. "We felt like we had these guys in the second half," Niang said. "We came out and threw the first punch and from there it was clear skies." Ben Lovejoy Jersey . Claude Noel will be the man behind the bench when the team hits the ice of the MTS Centre to begin its inaugural season. Kyle Palmieri Jersey . Josh Mazzola drove in five runs to lead the Goldeyes (20-12) past the Capitales 11-5 Friday night at Le Stade Municipal in Quebec City. ... ersey.This one was bigger than most.Ben Roethlisberger and LeVeon Bell came up big in a game that Pittsburgh had to win Sunday, leading the Steelers to a 42-21 drubbing of the Cincinnati Bengals that left the AFC North race wide open. Dalton Prout Jersey . Off-season additions Jermain Defoe and Michael Bradley did not train with the club today, prompting Nelsen to declare its too early to tell if either will be ready for Saturday. Jamie Langenbrunner Jersey . In Englands first game since its worst-ever World Cup showing, Roy Hodgsons side rarely looked like scoring against unambitious opposition and the breakthrough in the friendly only came when Raheem Sterling was tripped in the penalty area.MONTREAL - It took most of the Major League Soccer season before the Montreal Impact started to consistently get results in their own stadium.The Impact, last in the Eastern Conference at 6-18-7 and eliminated from the playoffs, have three wins and a draw in their last four games at Saputo Stadium. They are undefeated in their last six at home if you count CONCACAF Champions League matches.With little else to play for, they will try to keep the streak alive on Saturday afternoon when they play host to the second-place New England Revolution (15-13-3).It wont be an easy match, but we have two home games left and we want to put on a good show for our fans, said striker Marco Di Vaio. We want to play the same way we have the last two months at home. I hope a lot of people come out.The Revolution can clinch a playoff spot with a win or a draw and will try to narrow their four-point gap with first-place D.C. United.So the Impact want to play the spoiler as well.Theyre going for first place, but every game, especially at home, we try to win, said defender Heath Pearce. Im sure well put out the best team we have to try to get a result and continue to move forward.We didnt get the results we wanted this year, but well try to continue to move the club in the right direction, regardless of what were playing for.The Impact have run an advertising blitz reminding fans that it is the first of only two more chances they will get to see 38-year-old Di Vaio play at home before he retires. They close out the season Oct. 25 at home against D.C.After that, Di Vaio will end his 2 1/2-year stint with Montreal and return to his native Italy, where there may be a job waiting at his former club Bologna FC, which is in the process of being bought by a group that includes Impact owner and president Joey Saputo.It is a match the Impact feels it can win, having beaten New England 2-0 at Saputo Stadium on May 31 on goals from Andres Romero and Jack McInerney. That ended the Revolutions five-game winning streak.New England returned the favour with a 2-1 win on its home turf on Sept. 13, although the Impact was resting some key players for a CONCACAF match later the same week.The Revolution are on another hot streak that has them 7-1-0 in their last eight games.Theyre a team thats playing well, said Impact coach Frank Klopas. With us, I look at the first game we played them here and we won: We were good on the ball, ggood in possession.dddddddddddd We stayed compact.The last game was different. We played on (synthetic) turf. Their pitch was a little smaller. Our field is bigger. So our ability to be good in the final third is going to be key.With Di Vaio as the star attraction, its likely McInerney will start on the bench even though he has a history of scoring against New England, with five goals in 11 career meetings.However, Montreal designated player Ignacio Piatti has been ruled out due to knee tendinitis. He hopes to be ready for a Champions League match Oct. 22 at New York.Veteran Justin Mapp, who returned from injury in a 0-0 draw in Chicago last week, strengthens the midfield in Piattis absence. Hell likely play on the outside with Dilly Duka the likely candidate to take Piattis spot in the middle.Montreal is also missing fullback Eric Miller, who is with the U.S. under-23 squad, and three players selected by Canadas national team: Karl Ouimette, Jeremy Gagnon-Lapare and Issey Nakajima-Farran.The Revolution bring a formidable lineup that includes midfielder Lee Nguyen, who scored his 14th goal last week against Columbus, and attacker Jermaine Jones.Their most dangerous weapon is Lee Nguyen, said Pearce. Hes been their best player all year.Hes been in talks as an MVP candidate. Hes a creative player that connects the midfield to the attack. Thats the guy we need to keep a lot of our attention and focus on. Theyre a good team. Theyve managed to get results all year. But we expect to play our game and hopefully force them to make adjustments to us.The Impact are perceived around MLS as a team that is better than its record. Montreal got the fifth and final playoff spot last season, but got off to a disastrous start in 2014 and only recently showed signs of a rally. Failing to win a game on the road all season has been their undoing.The Revolution expect a difficult game against a team with nothing to lose.It makes teams more dangerous, Revolution defender Chris Tierney said on his teams website. Ive been in that situation before and you carry a certain amount of frustration and anger into a game that really gives you an extra edge.Were going to have to button up defensively and limit their chances.The Revolution can also clinch a playoff spot if Toronto FC fails to win Saturday against New York. That would lower the stakes considerably when Montreal plays at Toronto on Oct. 18. 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