K-State Loses Heartbreaker at Iowa State, 72-70

Thomas Gipson scored a team-high 13 points to go with 7 rebounds in the loss at Iowa State.

Jan. 31, 2012

Final Stats

AMES, Iowa - Sophomore Royce White hit the game-winning jumper with 1.8 seconds left as Iowa State rallied from a 14-point deficit to beat Kansas State 72-70 on Tuesday night.
 
White finished with 22 points and senior Chris Allen had 15 for the Cyclones (16-6, 6-3 Big 12), who have won four of their last five and have already doubled their league win total from last season.  The win also snapped a five-game losing streak to the Wildcats at Hilton Coliseum. 

Iowa State's Chris Babb tied the game at 70 with a free throw with 49 seconds left.  The Cyclones then corralled a loose ball to gain possession with the shot clock off, and White drove to the baseline and floated in the deciding bucket from about 8 feet.
 
The Cyclones knocked the ball out of the hands of Kansas State's Will Spradling at the buzzer.
 
Freshman Thomas Gipson led the Wildcats (15-6, 4-5 Big 12) with 13 points, while three others - Rodney McGruder, Jamar Samuels and Martavious Irving - all added 11 points.  Senior Victor Ojeleye led all players with a career-best 10 rebounds.   

K-State led by as many as 14 points in the second half, including a 53-39 lead with 14:27 to go on a 3-pointer by Samuels.  However, ISU used a 19-7 run over the next six minutes capped by a 3-pointer by Allen to cut the lead to just 60-58 with 7:55 to go.  The game stayed close the rest of the way, as the Cyclones closed it to 68-67 with 1:57 remaining on two free throws by senior Scott Christopherson. 

Iowa State shot 51 percent for the game, including 53.6 percent in the second half, while K-State connected on 48.3 percent, including 58.3 percent from 3-point range.  The Wildcats scored 40 points in the paint and held a 34-31 edge on the glass, but the Cyclones were able to convert 12 turnovers into 14 points.  K-State posted season-lows for both free throws (7) and free throws attempted (11).

On the strength of 11 first-half points by Irving, K-State entered halftime with a 36-29 lead.  In all, eight Wildcats scored in the opening stanza, including 16 from the bench. Both teams shot above 46 percent from the field, but the Wildcats were able to knock down 5-of-8 from long range.  The squad also took advantage of a 21-13 edge on the board to score nine second-chance points. 

Kansas State begins a two-game homestand on Saturday, as the Wildcats play host to Texas A&M (12-8, 3-5 Big 12) for the final time as conference members.  The game tips at 3 p.m. on Big 12 Network with Mitch Holthus and Jon Sundvold on the call.