Cats Drop Heartbreaker in OT, 85-82

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Jacob Pullen scored a game-high 27 points and Curtis Kelly added 17, but visiting Iowa State held on to knock off the fifth-ranked Wildcats in overtime, 85-82, Saturday at Bramlage Coliseum.

K-State (24-6, 11-5) finished the regular season in a three-way tie for second place in the Big 12 standings but will be the No. 2 seed in next week's Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship. Iowa State improved to 15-16 overall and 4-12 in league play. The Wildcats will receive a bye in the first round of the conference tournament and then face the winner of the Oklahoma/Oklahoma State game at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Ford Center in second round action.

Kansas State shot 34 percent for the game but still managed to forge a 74-all tie and send the game into overtime when Denis Clemente hit his second 3-pointer in 12 attempts with a little more than a minute left.

The Wildcats held an early lead at 18-12 and the six-point advantage would be the largest of the night for the Wildcats. Wally Judge's jumper with 7:52 left broke a 23-all tie and would be the last lead of the night for K-State.

Despite the Wildcats' 31 percent shooting performance in the first half, including a 1-of-11 mark from three-point range, K-State battled back and had a shot to win the game at the end of regulation.

The Cyclones held a 42-35 lead at the half and maintained their second-half lead until the Cats made a late charge with seven minutes remaining. Down 65-58, Clemente hit two free throws, Pullen nailed a three and Jamar Samuels made 1-of-2 free throws to cut the deficit to one at 65-64.

Clemente then hit a three to tie the game at 74 with 1:38 left and following a defensive stop, K-State got the ball back with :24 left in regulation with a chance to win the game. But, Pullen's three-point attempt missed, sending the game into overtime.

Iowa State never trailed in the extra period and two late free throws by Scott Christopherson sealed the win for the Cyclones.

Clemente and Pullen combined to hit just 11-of-38 from the field, including 3-of-21 from three-point range. Clemente scored 17 points in his final home game as a Wildcat.

Craig Brackins had 19 points before fouling out for Iowa State, which had lost seven of nine. Christopherson had 18 points and Marquis Gilstrap 13.