Iowa State's Melvin Ejim a hidden Canadian gem

Iowa State Cyclones forward Melvin Ejim fights for the ball with Ohio State Buckeyes' Lenzelle...

Iowa State Cyclones forward Melvin Ejim fights for the ball with Ohio State Buckeyes' Lenzelle Smith, Jr. (left) and Aaron Craft during their game Sunday. (GETTY IMAGES)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:38 PM ET

Brampton’s Melvin Ejim doesn’t get as much press as some of the other Canadians in the NCAA tourney, but he was a force for Iowa State down the stretch of this season.

Unfortunately, Ejim’s run came to an end for the year on Sunday in a nail-biter against Ohio State.

A blown offensive foul call by the referees and a tough shot by Aaron Craft negated Iowa State’s stirring comeback.

Trailing at the half in a close game, the Cyclones were trying to become just the third team to wipe out an OSU halftime edge this season (in 25 tries).

Things looked dire after a 10-0 OSU run, but Iowa State, a tremendous shooting team, found its missing outside form to take the game right down to the wire.

A 13-0 run turned things around and Ejim was right in the middle of it all, hitting from outside, getting a steal, playing solid defence and setting up his teammates.


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