DEANDRE KANE scored 23 points and No. 14 Iowa State overcame its worst half of the season to beat Boise State, 70-66, last night in the Diamond Head Classic championship game in Honolulu.

Kane hit a three-pointer with less than 2 minutes left to help seal the win for the Cyclones (11-0). Boise State's Derrick Marks had a chance to tie with less than 30 seconds left, but missed a 15-foot jumper.

Melvin Ejim had 15 points and 10 rebounds.

The win gives Iowa State its best start to a season in school history.

Derrick Marks had 23 points for Boise State (10-3).

Iowa State came back after making less than a third of its shots in the first half.

Ward earned tournament MVP honors for his three-game performance.

Also in the tournament:

* Duane Notice scored 15 points as South Carolina defeated Akron, 69-59, in the third-place game.

Sindarius Thornwell, Brenton Williams scored 12 points apiece and Michael Carrera, Tyrone Johnson each added 10 points off the bench for South Carolina (4-6).

Demetrius Treadwell scored 12 points and Quincy Diggs had 10 for Akron (6-4).

*  Isaac Fotu scored 17 points as Hawaii beat Oregon State, 79-73, in the fifth-place game. Hawaii has won seven of its last eight games.

Garrett Nevels had 16, Christian Standhardinger 15 and Brandon Spearman added 14 for the Rainbow Warriors (9-3). Spearman also grabbed 10 rebounds and Keith Shamburger chipped in with nine points, 10 assists and six rebounds.

Roberto Nelson scored 22, Devon Collier added 13, 10 rebounds and Challe Barton made three of his team's six 3-pointers to finish with 13 points for the Beavers (7-4).

* Patrick Holloway and Bryon Allen scored 15 points each as George Mason (6-6) rallied to beat Saint Mary's, 65-63, in the seventh-place game.

James Walker III and Stephen Holt scored 14 each for the Gaels (9-3).