The Kansas State Men’s Basketball team went into Saturday’s game knowing they could not afford to dwell on their narrow four-point loss to third-ranked Kansas on Tuesday night. Not when they were facing a team that was riding a 17-game winning streak fueled by so-called “Hilton Magic.”
K-State battled Iowa State close throughout the game but in the end the Cyclones made critical baskets when they had to and hung on for a 73-67 victory Saturday afternoon at Hilton Coliseum in Ames. K-State led 27-26 at halftime thanks to a 7-0 run to close out the opening half, but Iowa State immediately erased that lead with a 6-0 run to begin the second half.
The Cyclones stretched the lead to as much as five points in the second half, but the Wildcats were able to scrap back and grab a 56-55 advantage with seven and a half minutes remaining in the game on a three-point basket by Shane Southwell. However, the Cylones outscored K-State 18-7 down the stretch for handed the 11th-ranked Wildcats their second straight loss for their first two-game losing streak of the season.
Will Spradling after being held scoreless against KU led the Wildcats with 15 points, most of them on the strength of four three-pointers, Rodney McGruder added 13 points though most of those points were in the first half and Southwell had 11. The Cyclones were led by Will Clyburn’s 24 points.
Kansas State (15-4, 4-2) is next in action on Wednesday night against Texas at Bramlage Coliseum, tipoff i set for 7 p.m.
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