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College Basketball: #6 Iowa State drops regular season finale at Kansas State, 65-58

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State used a big run to start the second half and held off No. 6 Iowa State, 65-58, Saturday afternoon at Bramlage Coliseum in the regular season finale for both squads.

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State used a big run to start the second half and held off No. 6 Iowa State, 65-58, Saturday afternoon at Bramlage Coliseum in the regular season finale for both squads.

The Wildcats (17-14, 8-10 Big 12) started the second half on a 15-2 run over the first six minutes and built up a 17-point lead before fending off a steady Cyclone (24-7, 13-5) rally.

The Cyclones outshot the Wildcats from the field, 43.1 percent to 40.7 percent, but K-State owned a 36-27 edge on the glass and had a 10-7 advantage in second-chance points and a 20-11 edge in points off turnovers.

How It Happened
The Cyclones trailed 28-24 at halftime after K-State closed the half on an 18-6 run in a defensive battle. Both teams shot less than 40 percent from the field and offensive efforts were hindered by eight turnovers each.

ISU had used an early 9-0 run but suffered multiple scoring droughts, including one that last more than five minutes. The Wildcats regained the lead on a 3-pointer by Cam Carter with just over two minutes left in the opening period and held the Cyclones at bay the remainder of the half as ISU went into the break trailing for the second-straight game.

The Wildcats came out hot in the second half and opened the scoring on a 9-0 run to go up 37-24 with 17:24 left. They extended the lead to 17 points at 43-26 before the Cyclones began to chip away.

ISU used a 10-0 run to force a K-State timeout with 7:07 left and the deficit down to just five points. Five points was all the closer the Cyclones would get in the game as KSU iced it away at the charity stripe.

Top Performers
Curtis Jones led the Cyclones with 16 points off the bench, while Tamin Lipsey and Keshon Gilbert added 13 points.

K-State was paced by Arthur Kaluma’s 23 points, while Carter had 21 points. David N’Guessan had 16 rebounds, the most by a Cyclone opponent this season.

Up Next
The Cyclones await their opponent in the Big 12 Championship. ISU will open play on Thursday against an opponent to be determined.

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