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