The Iowa State – Oklahoma basketball game last night saw the Cyclones squad win 77 – 70 after being down as much as 21 points in the second half. The win tied an ISU record for largest comeback in school history and marked the latest entry in the annals of Hilton Magic.
After the game ended, Lori and I conceptualized some different ideas of how we could commemorate this game, but one thing stood out to us. For large portions of the second half, ISU point guard Monte Morris played like a man possessed, slicing through the Oklahoma defense to make impossible shot after impossible shot while absorbing brutal blows from the stout Sooners front line. When not scoring, his defense also sparked some other fast break baskets. It was all very eerily like another former ISU guard: Deandre Kane, who also favored acrobatic layups while flying into the crowd.
It quickly became clear to us that unbeknownst to anyone watching the game, at some point in the second half, when things looked the bleakest, Monte was visited by the spirit of Deandre Kane who was checking in on his former pupil. So we decided to illustrate that magical moment: