Caleb Grill, Iowa State upset No. 1 North Carolina, 70-63 at Phil Knight Invitational

Caleb Grill of Iowa State in action
Caleb Grill of Iowa State in action in a college basketball game.

PORTLAND (Nov. 25) —— Caleb Grill scored a career-high 31 points and made some big shots down the stretch as Iowa State knocked off No. 1 North Carolina 70-63 in the Phil Knight Invitational on Friday night here at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland.

Grill had the game of his life on Friday –making 11 of 15 shots and connecting on seven of his team’s nine made attempts from 3-pointers to lead the way for the Cyclones (5-0) who secured only their third-ever win against an AP No. 1 ranked team.

The last time Iowa State beat an AP top-ranked team was in 2016 against Oklahoma. The Big 12 outfits are now 3-19 all-time versus No. 1 teams. Read more: Roach scores 21pts, No. 8 Duke outlasts Xavier 71-64 – box score and highlights

Iowa State trailed 61-56 with just over three minutes to play, but Grill hit two big shots, including a 3-pointer to knot the scores at 61 with 2:30 remaining before his teammates took care of business to close out the contest.

Jaren Holmes added 22 points on 8 of 17 shooting with four rebounds and two steals for the Cyclones, who shot 44% from the field.

Grill, who was averaging 7.7 points and had made just 4 of 24 attempts from 3-pointer on the season entering Friday, had a previous career best of 27 points against Alabama while he was playing for UNLV in the 2020-21 season.

R.J. Davis paced North Carolina with 15 points, while Armando Bacot ended with 13 points, nine rebounds, and two blocks in the disappointing defeat.

Caleb Love finished with 12 for the Tar Heels (5-1) who were losing for the first time this season. The national championship runner-up shot 44% from the field but missed 15 of the 18 attempts from 3-point range in the loss.

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Milton Blake, College Sports Writer

Milton Blake has been with SportingAlert since first launch. The former college basketball player enjoys covering college sports, with NCAA basketball mainly on his list.

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