Second Half Run Helps 17/17 Iowa State Past K-State




15-14 (4-12 Big 12)

20-9 (9-7 Big 12)

D. Johnson: 22pts, 9rebs, 1blk
W. Iwundu: 12pts, 5rebs, 4stls
D. Wade: 9pts, 7rebs, 3asts

M. Thomas: 20pts, 4rebs, 3asts
G. Niang: 17pts, 3asts, 1stl
J. McKay: 14pts, 17rebs, 3blks

K-State 30 31 61
Iowa State 31 49 80

AMES, Iowa -- No. 17/17 Iowa State broke open a tight contest with a 13-0 run midway through the second half, as the Cyclones tallied an 80-61 win over Kansas State on Saturday before a crowd of 14,384 at Hilton Coliseum.

With the Wildcats leading 39-37 with 16:28 to play, the Cyclones scored 13 consecutive points over a 3-minute stretch, which included three straight 3-point field goals, to take control of a back-and-forth contest. Junior Matt Thomas scored 8 of his team-high 20 points during this run, including back-to-back treys.

K-State (15-14, 4-12 Big 12) would close the gap to 65-59 after a layup by freshman Barry Brown with 4:17 remaining, however, eight straight points from Iowa State (20-9, 9-7 Big 12) pushed the game out of reach. The Cyclones went 8-of-8 from the free throw line in the final 2:09 of the contest.

The loss spoiled a stellar performance from junior D.J. Johnson, who collected his first career 20-point game with a game-high 22 points on 7-of-11 field goals and an 8-of-10 effort from the free throw line to go with 9 rebounds. He has now scored in double figures 7 times in the last 9 games, including three consecutive against Top 25 foes.

Fellow junior Wesley Iwundu also registered double figures with 12 points on 6-of-12 shooting to go with 5 rebounds and team-highs in assists (4) and steals (4) in 35 minutes. He has now has 14 games of at least 10 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists this season. Freshman Dean Wade added 9 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists.

Thomas led a balanced Cyclone attack with his team-high 20 points on 7-of-11 field goals, including 5-of-8 from 3-point range, to pace six players in double figures. Seniors Georges Niang and Jameel McKay performed well in one of their last games at home, scoring 17 and 14 points, respectively, with McKay added a game-high 17 rebounds.

High-scoring Iowa State connected on 54.7 percent (29-of-53) from the field, including 43.5 percent (10-of-23) from 3-point range, and knocked 12-of-15 attempts (80 percent) from the free throw line. K-State was held to 40.7 percent shooting (24-of-59), including just 22.2 percent (4-of-18) from long range.

The win helped Iowa State sweep the season series for the first time since 2012. K-State has now lost 5 straight at Hilton Coliseum with its last victory coming 86-85 on Feb. 5, 2011.

The Basics
Final Score: 17/17 Iowa State 80, Kansas State 61
Records: Kansas State 15-14, 4-12 Big 12 \\ 17/17 Iowa State 20-9, 9-7 Big 12
Attendance: 14,384
Next Game: Wednesday, March 2 \\ vs. TCU \\ 7 p.m. CT \\ FOX Sports Kansas City

The Short Story
No. 17/17 Iowa State used a 13-0 run midway through the second half en route to posting an 80-61 win over Kansas State on Saturday before 14,384 fans at Hilton Coliseum.
The Wildcats would close to within 65-59 with 4:17 to play before another quick Cyclone spurt – this time an 8-0 run – put the game out of reach.
Iowa State connected on 54.7 percent (29-of-53) from the field, including an opponent season-high 65.4 percent (17-of-26) in the second half. The defense yielded 80 points for the fifth time.
Junior Matt Thomas led six Cyclones in double figures with a team-high 20 points, while senior Jameel McKay collected a double-double with 14 points and a game-high 17 points.
Junior D.J. Johnson posted his first career 20-point game with a career-high 22 points to go with 9 rebounds, while fellow junior Wesley Iwundu added 12 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals.
With the win, the Cyclones swept the season series for the first time since 2012 and extended their winning streak at home in the series to five games.

How It Happened | First Half
K-State opened the scoring with a dunk from Johnson off an assist from Iwundu.
The Wildcats jumped out to a 10-5 lead at the 14:59 mark on the strength of 4 points from Edwards and a layup from Iwundu. 
After the lead was extended to 14-8 on another layup by Iwundu, the Cyclones rattled off 13 straight points to take a 21-14 advantage at the 9:18 mark to force a Wildcat timeout.
Brown was able to end the drought with a 3-pointer out of the timeout to extend K-State’s streak with a trey to 267 games and start a 7-0 run that tied the game at 21-all with 5:47 to play.
The teams traded the lead before the game was again tied this time at 28-28 at the 1:16 mark.
After a Stephen Hurt jumper gave the Wildcats a 30-28 lead with 7.5 seconds remaining, Morris nailed a 3-pointer from the corner at the buzzer to give the Cyclones a 31-30 lead at halftime.  
K-State connected on 36.4 percent (12-of-33) from the field, including 20 percent (2-of-10) from 3-point range, and went 4-of-6 from free throw line. Iowa State shot 44.4 percent (12-of-27), including 38.5 percent (5-of-13) from beyond the arc, and was 2-of-4 from the charity stripe.
Johnson led the Wildcats with 8 points, while Iwundu added 6 points to go with 4 rebounds and team-highs in both assists (4) and steals (3) in playing all 20 minutes.

How It Happened | Second Half

The teams battled through four ties in the early going before Iowa State used a quick 8-0 spurt to take a 45-39 lead and force K-State to call its second timeout at the 14:49 mark.
The Cyclone extended the lead to 50-39 after a 3-pointer from Hallice Cooke and a jumper from Thomas with 12:43 to play.
The advantage grew to 60-45 after a dunk by Deonte Burton at the 10:08 mark.
The Wildcats slowly chipped away at the deficit, using a 7-0 run to close the gap to 60-52 at the media timeout with 7:54 to go in the contest.
However, the experienced Cyclones ran off 4 straight points to push the lead back to double figures and force Bruce Weber to call a timeout with 6:15 remaining.
The Wildcats again battled back to within 65-59 on a layup by Brown at the 4:17 mark.
It would be closest it would get the rest of the way, as the Cyclones salted the game from the free throw line to post an 80-61 win and sweep the season series.
Iowa State shot 65.4 percent (17-of-26) from the field in the second half, including 50 percent (5-of-10) from 3-point range, to go with a 90.9 percent clip (10-of-11) from the free throw line. K-State connected on 46.2 percent (12-of-26) after halftime, but just 25 percent (2-of-8) from long range.
Johnson scored 14 points on 5-of-6 field goals with 7 rebounds in the second half, while Thomas had 13 to lead Iowa State.

Beyond the Boxscore
K-State still leads the all-time series with Iowa State, 137-85, including 50-49 in games played in Ames… The Cyclones now lead the series, 22-20, in the Big 12 era, including 14-6 at Hilton Coliseum… It marks the first season sweep by ISU since the 2012, as K-State has now lost 5 straight at Hilton Coliseum.
Iowa State became the sixth opponent to shoot 50 percent or better from the field, including an opponent-high 65.4 percent (17-of-26) in the second half… The Wildcats are now 0-6 in those games.
K-State is now 9-30 when allowing 70 or more points under Bruce Weber.
The 19-point loss was the largest of the season and largest at Hilton Coliseum since 1994.
With 36 points in the paint, K-State has now posted at least 30 paint points in 21 of 29 games.
Johnson scored in double figures for the 10th time this season, while he led the Wildcats in scoring for the third time in his career… He also led the way in rebounds for the eighth time this year.
Iwundu registered double digits for the 21st time this season.
K-State used a starting lineup of Edwards, Brown, Iwundu, Wade and Johnson… Iwundu is the only player to start all 29 games this season.
K-State has now started 2 freshmen in 25 of 29 games, including 11 Big 12 contests.

Up Next
K-State returns to Bramlage Coliseum for the final time this season on Wednesday, as the Wildcats host TCU (11-18, 2-14 Big 12) on Senior Night at 7 p.m. CT on FOX Sports Kansas City, ESPN3 and K-StateHD.TV. There will be a pregame ceremony celebrating seniors Justin Edwards, Stephen Hurt and Brian Rohleder as well as team manager Jaron Randle. K-State won the first meeting with TCU, 63-49, on Feb. 16.