K-State Falls to 17/18 Iowa State, 76-63




13-4 (2-3 Big 12)

11-6 (1-4 Big 12)

M. Morris: 19pts, 4rebs, 4asts
G. Niang: 15pts, 6rebs, 2stls
A. Nader: 14pts, 3rebs, 2asts

J. Edwards: 19pts, 7rebs, 2blks
W. Iwundu: 11pts, 9rebs, 3asts
K. Stokes: 10pts, 1reb, 1ast

Iowa State 32 44 76
K-State 23 40 63

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State fell behind early and could never recover, as 17/18 Iowa State posted a 76-63 win before 12,462 fans in Bramlage Coliseum on Saturday. 

The Cyclones used a 15-0 run midway through the first half to take control of the contest early before the Wildcats battled to within 50-45 with 9:45 left in the second half. However, the more experienced squad won out, as All-American Georges Niang ignited a quick 7-0 run with a 3-pointer out of a timeout to push the game out of reach. The margin never got closer than seven points the rest of the way.

Iowa State (13-4, 2-3 Big 12), which ranks sixth nationally in field goal percentage, connected on 50.9 percent (28-of-55) from field, including 56.5 percent (13-of-23) in the second half, and were 14-of-18 from the free throw line.

K-State (11-6, 1-4 Big 12) connected on just 37.7 percent (23-of-61), including 19 percent (4-of-21) from 3-point range, in the contest after setting season-highs in six offensive categories in a win over Texas Tech on Tuesday. The Wildcats shot 31 percent (9-of-29) in the first half, which included a scoreless stretch of more than seven minutes.

Senior Justin Edwards tied a season-high with 19 points on 6-of-12 field goals to pace the offense, to go with 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks and 2 steals in 32 minutes. He was one of three Wildcats in double figures, along with junior Wesley Iwundu (11) and freshman Kamau Stokes (10). Iwundu led the way with 9 rebounds.

The win snapped two-game losing skid for Iowa State (13-4, 2-3 Big 12) and gave the Cyclones’ their first win at Bramlage Coliseum since a 65-61 win on Feb. 25, 2012 to halt a three-game slide. 

Junior Monte Morris paced four players in double figures with a game-tying 19 points on 6-of-9 field goals to go with a team-high 4 assists and 4 rebounds in 37 minutes, while Niang (15), senior Abdel Nader (14) and junior Matt Thomas (11) added double figures. Niang, Thomas and senior Jameel McKay each had 6 rebounds.

The Basics
Final Score: 17/18 Iowa State 76, Kansas State 63
Records: Kansas State 11-6, 1-4 Big 12 // 17/18 Iowa State 113-4, 2-3 Big 12
Attendance: 12,462
Next Game: Wednesday, Jan. 20 \\ at Baylor \\ 7:15 p.m. CT \\ ESPNews

The Short Story
Iowa State used a 24-3 run in the first half to take a big lead early then held on late to earn its first win over K-State at Bramlage Coliseum since 2012 with a 76-63 win on Saturday before 12,462 fans. 
After trailing by as many as 17 points in the first half, the Wildcats cut the lead to 32-23 at halftime then pulled to within 50-45 with just under 10 minutes to play.
The experienced Cyclones responded with a 7-0 run keyed by a Niang 3-pointer to push the lead back to double figures in an eventual 13-point win, which was the largest this season by a Wildcat opponent. 
K-State scored a season-tying 63 points at home in the loss on just 37.7 percent
Morris led four Iowa State players in double figures with a game-tying 19 points on 6-of-9 shooting.
Edwards paced the Wildcats with a season-tying 19 points to go with 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks and 2 steals, while Iwundu (11) and Stokes (10) also registered double figures.
The double-digit loss was the first for K-State at Bramlage Coliseum since an 85-74 setback to No. 16 Kansas on Feb. 14, 2009.
K-State fell to 0-5 against Top 25 opponents this season with five of six losses coming to ranked foes. All six losses have come to teams with RPIs of 35 or better.

How It Happened | First Half
K-State got off to a quick start in the first half with early buckets from Stokes and Iwundu to take a 4-0 lead at the 17:56 mark. 
Despite giving up the first four points of the game, Iowa State responded with an 11-2 run over the next four minutes to take a 11-6 lead with 13:44 remaining. 
After cutting the lead to 11-9, the Wildcat offense went cold as the Cyclones went on a 15-0 run over a six-minute stretch to take a 26-9 lead with just under five minutes to play before halftime. 
However, K-State reduced the deficit to single digits to close the half, using a 13-6 spurt to pull within 32-23 heading into the locker room. 
The 23 points scored in the half were the fewest scored by the Wildcats this season. 
Stokes and Edwards led all Wildcat scorers in the half with 5 points apiece.

How It Happened | Second Half
A jumper and 3-pointer from Thomas helped Iowa State push the lead to double digits again, 43-33, at the first media timeout of the second half. 
After going up 50-37 with 13:10 remaining, K-State rattled off eight straight points from Edwards, senior Stephen Hurt and two Iwundu free throws.
A Niang 3-pointer kickstarted a 7-0 run for ISU to stretch it back to double digits, 57-45, with 8:03 to play.
K-State would close the margin to 59-52 after an Edwards 3-pointer with 5:22 to go, but 10 perfect free throws from the Cyclones sealed the victory. 
Edwards led all Wildcat scorers in the second half with 14 points.

Beyond the Boxscore
K-State is 9-2 in home venues this season, including 8-2 at Bramlage Coliseum.
K-State dropped to 1-4 in Big 12 play for the first time since starting 1-4 in 2010-11.
K-State now holds a 137-84 advantage over Iowa State after today’s loss with the Cyclones leading 21-20 in the Big 12 era… The win snapped ISU’s 3-game losing streak at Bramlage Coliseum.
The 63 points tied for the fewest at Bramlage Coliseum this year, along with the 63 vs. North Dakota (12/22/15)… The 23 first-half points were the fewest this season.
K-State fell to 8-24 under head coach Bruce Weber when allowing 70 or more points.
K-State outscored Iowa State 17-5 on second-chance points with 16 offensive rebounds.
Iowa State led in points in paint (36-34), points off of turnovers (17-13) and fast-break points (8-5). 
Edwards and Iwundu have now registered double figures a team-leading 13 times.
Stokes posted double digits for the seventh time… He went 2-of-8 from 3-point range, which marked the seventh time he has registered two or more treys in a game.
Freshman Barry Brown led the team a season-high 6 assists. 

“I think we let our offense, or lack of offensive execution and shot making, affect our defense”, said head coach Bruce Weber. “Then we probably did not get our energy going. You cannot do that, you have to let the defense create the energy. We have some good young guys, they were very good the other night [vs. Texas Tech], tonight they were not quite as good. That is a part of the ups and downs you have with young people. They have to do a better job preparing. Justin [Edwards], I thought in the second half, and Wesley [Iwundu] stepped up their game and gave us something.”

Up Next
K-State returns to action on Wednesday, Jan. 20 when the Wildcats travel to Waco, Texas to face No. 22/22 Baylor (14-3, 4-1 Big 12) at 7:15 p.m. CT. The contest will be televised nationally on ESPNews.