K-State Falls Just Short at 9/12 Iowa State, 77-71

AMES, Iowa – Despite a valiant 22-point effort from senior Nino Williams, Kansas State came up just short in its upset bid of No. 9/12 Iowa State, 77-71, on Tuesday night before 14,384 fans at Hilton Coliseum.

The loss snapped the Wildcats’ four-game winning streak, as the Cyclones won for the 47th time in its last 49 games at Hilton Coliseum, including their 17th in a row.

Williams, who led K-State (11-8, 4-2 Big 12) in three categories, paced four Wildcats in double figures, including sophomore Marcus Foster (16), senior Thomas Gipson (15) and junior Justin Edwards (12).

Iowa State (14-3, 4-1 Big 12) had five players in double figures led by Jameel McKay’s 15 points.

The Basics
Final Score: 9/12 Iowa State 77, Kansas State 71
Records: Kansas State (11-8, 4-2 Big 12); 9/12 Iowa State (14-3, 4-1 Big 12)
Attendance: 14,384 (paid)
Next Game: Saturday, Jan. 24 \\ vs. Oklahoma State (12-5, 2-3 Big 12) \\ 11 a.m. CT \\ ESPN2

The Short Story
•    Despite Williams’ career night in his final game at Hilton Coliseum, K-State saw its four-game winning streak end as Iowa State ran its home court winning streak to 17 games.
•    The two teams battled through 10 lead changes and 11 ties, including 69-all with 3:44 to play.
•    The Cyclones ended the game on a 10-2 run, as the Wildcats missed seven straight field goals before Justin Edwards’ lay-up as the buzzer sounded.
•    K-State, which had struggled offensively of late, topped the 70-point barrier for the first time in the calendar year 2015 and for the first time since the Texas A&M (12/20/2014). The Wildcats connected on 45.6 percent (26-of-57) from the field, including 51.7 percent (15-of-29) in the first half.
•    K-State saw its 11-game streak of holding opponents to 65 points or less end, as Iowa State scored the second-most points (77) by opponent this season and the most since 79 vs. Purdue (11/24/14)… It was the longest such streak since the Wildcats did it in 17 straight games from Nov. 27, 1982 to Jan. 29, 1983.
•    Iowa State posted a 24-6 edge in second-chance points on the strength of 12 offensive rebounds. It was the second-most second-chance points by opponent since Kansas had 26 on Feb. 7, 2007.
•    Iowa State, which leads the Big 12 in scoring offense, field goal percentage and 3-point field goals, was held to just 45 percent (27-of-60) shooting, including 31.6 percent (6-of-19) from 3-point range.
•    Williams paced K-State in points (22), rebounds (8) and steals (3), while he had a career-tying 4 assists.
•    K-State saw 4 players score in double figures for 5th time this season and for the first time since the Texas A&M game (12/20/2014).
•    K-State connected on 93.8 percent (15-of-16) from the free throw line, which ties for the 10th-best mark in school history with a similar effort at Oklahoma (15-of-16; 2/16/2002)… It is the best percentage in a game in nearly 9 years since going a perfect 8-of-8 in free throws at Texas Tech (2/15/2006).

How It Happened  |  First Half
•    K-State was the aggressor early in the game, jumping out to a 6-2 lead before building a 17-12 edge after a Williams’ jumper at the 12:52 mark… Williams had 10 points in the first 7:08 of the contest.
•    Iowa State used a 9-0 run over the next 2 minutes to grab the lead at 21-17 with 10:49 before halftime.
•    The Wildcats closed to within one point on several occasions before the Cyclones had a 7-2 spurt to push their advantage to 30-24 at the 5:15 mark.
•    The Wildcats fought back to regain the lead at 38-36 on the strength of a 9-0 run on a jumper by Williams with a minute to play before halftime
•    Junior Georges Niang gave the Cyclones the lead at half with a 3-pointer with just 48 seconds left.
•    Both teams shot over 50 percent in the first half, including 51.7 percent (15-of-29) by K-State.
•    Iowa State had 15 second-chance points on 7 offensive rebounds and 9 points on 7 K-State turnovers.
•    Williams led all scorers with 14 points in the first half, while Niang had 12 for Iowa State.

How It Happened  |  Second Half
•    The two teams traded the lead in the early part of the second half before K-State took two 5-point leads, first, 54-49, at the 13:03 mark and 56-51 at the 12:35 mark.
•    Iowa State rallied to score 7 straight points to re-take the lead, 58-56, with 10:12 to play.
•    A Foster 3-pointer then a pair of Williams’ free throws gave the Wildcats a 65-61 lead at the 8:01 mark.
•    After a series of lead changes and ties, K-State would take its final lead, 69-67, on a Foster lay-up with 4:04 to play.
•    Iowa State grabbed the lead for good at the 2:48 mark on a pair of free throws by Naz Long.
•    The Cyclones scored 10 straight points in the last 3:55 of the contest, including 6-of-8 from the line.
•    Both teams shot 39.3 percent (11-of-28) in the second half.

Beyond the Boxscore
•    K-State still leads the all-time series with Iowa State, 136-83, including 50-48 in games played in Ames… The Cyclones now lead the series, 22-19, in the Big 12 era with wins in 6 of the last 8 meetings, including 4 in a row at Hilton Coliseum.
•    K-State recorded an assist on 20 of its 26 made field goals with Jevon Thomas dishing out 5 assists.
•    Williams posted his third career 20-point game and his second of the season… He has now scored in double figures in 10 of 17 games played this season, including 8 of the last 13.
•    Williams set or tied season-highs for points, field goals (8), field goals attempted (13), assists (4) and steals (3)… He tied career-highs in both assists and steals.
•    Foster has now scored in double figures in 42 of 52 career games.
•    Gipson has scored in double figures in 17 of the last 27 games, including 10 this season… He has now scored in double figures 54 times in his career.
•    Edwards has scored in double figures in 4 games, including his 2nd Big 12 contest.
•    Gipson (7-of-7) and Williams (6-of-6) combined to go a perfect 13-of-13 from the free throw line.
•    K-State used the same lineup for the third time in four games with sophomore Jevon Thomas, sophomore Marcus Foster, sophomore Wesley Iwundu, senior Nino Williams and senior Thomas Gipson.

Quotable
•    “I was proud of the guys’ effort tonight against a quality opponent in a hostile environment. We just didn’t make the plays down the stretch we needed to make to beat a team as good as Iowa State. I was really happy with the way both Nino (Williams) and Thomas (Gipson) played tonight. They were both real aggressive and played with poise. Now, we have to re-group and get ready for another terrific opponent in Oklahoma State on Saturday.” said head coach Bruce Weber.   

Up Next
•    K-State returns to Bramlage Coliseum on Saturday, Jan. 24, as the Wildcats play host to Oklahoma State (12-5, 2-3 Big 12) at 11 a.m. CT, on ESPN2. Tickets are available by calling the K-State Athletics Ticket Office at (800) 221-CATS or online at www.kstatesports.com/tickets.