Dustin Hogue was ready for the spotlight when he took the floor at Madison Square Garden. The Yonkers native was back in his home state for the Sweet 16 as his No. 3 Iowa State Cyclones faced off against No. 7 UConn in the World's Most Famous Arena on Friday night. Hogue came through with a performance and a haircut to remember. The 6' 6" junior forward had his name, number and a basketball trimmed into the back of his head.
Making sure his performance spoke as loudly as his look, Hogue poured in a career-high 34 points for the Cyclones. Unfortunately, UConn also felt quite at home in the familiar environs of the Garden and held on for a 81-76 win.
"It was an unbelievable moment to play in front of my family and friends," Hogue said after the season-ending defeat.
The haircut was reminiscent of ones beloved in New York City in Hogue's youth when Anthony Mason was a key member of a rough-and-tumble Knicks squad during the 1990s. With the side of Mason's head as changeable as the billboards in Times Square, the Knicks marched to the 1994 NBA Finals in the weeks before Hogue celebrated his second birthday.