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(Saturday, January 26th)
Final Score: Iowa State 73, (11) Kansas State 67
Ames, IA (Sports Network) - Will Clyburn led the way with 24 points and 10 rebounds as Iowa State upended No. 11 Kansas State, 73-67, on Saturday at James H. Hilton Coliseum.
Georges Niang followed with 15 points and Korie Lucious contributed 10 points with eight assists for the Cyclones (14-5, 4-2 Big 12), who bounced back from Wednesday's loss to Texas Tech in capturing their fourth win in five games.
"We didn't put our head down, we kept trusting our offense," said Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg.
Iowa State, which connected on 11-of-22 shots from beyond the arc, received 11 points off the bench from Tyrus McGee, who was 3-for-4 from long distance for the game. Melvin Ejim totaled six points and 10 rebounds in the victory.
Will Spradling scored 15 points in the second consecutive loss for Kansas State (15-4, 4-2), which fell to No. 3 Kansas on Tuesday. Rodney McGruder tallied 13 points and seven rebounds, while Shane Southwell added 11 points in the defeat.
"They made the plays down the stretch," said Kansas State coach Bruce Weber. "The thing that made us good for most of the season is that we guarded and out-toughed and out-played people. We've been getting beat on the offensive glass and for loose balls, they played at home and played at a high level."
A closely contested second half was marked in favor of Kansas State, 56-55, following a triple from Southwell, but Iowa State responded with a key 8-0 surge to take control.
Ejim's dunk capped the spurt and he added another jam at the 3:48 mark to give the Cyclones a 65-58 advantage and a lead they would not surrender.
Spradling buried a triple with just over two minutes left to bring the Wildcats within 68-65, but they never came any closer, as Lucious' jumper with 23 seconds to go gave the Cyclones a five-point cushion to all but seal the victory.
The win was Iowa State's 18th consecutive victory at home dating back to last season and its third consecutive over Kansas State.
The Cyclones got going early, as McGee knocked down his second triple during a 10-0 run for Iowa State to put them ahead 24-15 with 6:21 to play in the opening half.
McGruder ended a 5 1/2 minute swoon for Kansas State with a triple and Martavious Irving added one of his own soon after in sparking a 7-0 run to close out the half, staking the Wildcats to a 27-26 advantage.
The Cyclones, however, retook the lead quickly, as Lucious, Clyburn and Ejim knocked down consecutive 3-pointers to start second half to put Iowa State on top 35-29.
Later in the stanza, Kansas State rallied to tie the game at 49-49 after Spradling followed Angel Rodriguez's three-point play with a four-point play, as he drew a foul on a made 3-point attempt.
The contest remained a one possession game until the Cyclones' ripped off eight answered points to grab a stranglehold of the momentum.
Rodriguez finished with nine points and six assists for Kansas State, which shot 50.9 percent for the game ... Iowa State had 18 second chance points compared to the Wildcats' two.
01/26 18:58:41 ET
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