ISU’s Ejim returns, nets Big 12 honor

AMES – Iowa State senior Melvin Ejim was supposed to miss 4-6 weeks with an injury. But instead, the Cyclones’ best player was on the floor Sunday just 2 1/2 weeks after sustaining the injury and his 22 points and nine rebounds helped the Cyclones to an upset win over then-No. 7 Michigan at Hilton Coliseum.

For his efforts, Ejim was tabbed as the Phillips 66 co-Big 12 Player of the Week on Monday, sharing the honor with Kansas forward Perry Ellis.

Ejim came off the bench against the Wolverines and played an unexpected 28 minutes in the victory, making eight of his 14 shot attempts and five of his six free throw attempts. It was the seventh time he eclipsed the 20-point plateau in his career and the 54th time he scored in double figures.

Ejim was honored by the Big 12 for the fourth time in his career. It comes a week after teammates Naz Long and DeAndre Kane were named player and newcomer of the week, respectively, the week prior.

No. 21 Iowa State returns to action Wednesday when it travels to Provo, Utah, to take on BYU. Tip-off is slated for 8:30 p.m.