Wildcats Blow Past Iowa State, 69-60

AMES, Iowa David Hoskins scored 22 points and grabbed a season-high 11 rebounds for his first double-double of the season as Kansas State notched its third straight win and its second in a row on the road with a 69-60 victory over Iowa State Saturday afternoon at Hilton Coliseum.

Lance Harris added 18 points and Cartier Martin chipped in with 17 for Kansas State (13-6, 3-2 Big 12), which won for the first time at Iowa State since 1999, led for all but 40 seconds early in the first half and committed just seven turnovers.

Iowa State’s leading scorer Mike Taylor, who came in averaging 16.5 points per game, was held scoreless for the first 31 minutes, but exploded down the stretch to score 21 of the Cyclones final 27 points.

Jiri Hubalek, who finished the game with 17 points and 10 rebounds, tallied 10 of the 16 points scored by Iowa State (11-8, 2-3 Big 12)  in the first half and was the only other Cyclone to end the game in double figures.

A series of runs highlighted the second half after an opening 20 minutes that saw both team’s defenses control the early tempo.

Kansas State, which led 26-16 after the sluggish first half, increased its advantage to 14 twice in the first four minutes of the second and led 37-23 at the 16 minute mark following a pair of free throws by Martin.

The Cyclones quickly bounce back to make it a six-point game thanks to a 10-2 run that was bookended by 3-point baskets by Wesley Johnson and Dodie Dunson.

Hoskins and Harris then teamed up to score the game’s next six points and K-State once again found itself up by double figures at 45-33 with just over nine minutes to play.

Iowa State had an answer in Taylor, who scored eight straight Cyclone points to pull ISU within six at 47-41.

But that’s as close as Kansas State would let Iowa State get. Akeem Wright, who also finished with 11 rebounds, and Martin each connected from beyond the arc during a 10-2 run by the Wildcats to make it 57-43 with four minutes to go.

K-State then closed out the game at the free throw line making 8-of-12 from the stripe over the final two minutes, including four in a row on back-to-back possessions by Martin.

The Wildcats and Cyclones combined to score just 27 points during the opening 13 minutes of the game and Kansas State led 15-12 with just over seven minutes remaining in the first half.

But Martin and Hoskins ignited the Wildcats’ offense down the stretch. Hoskins, who had 11 in the open period, hit a short jumper in the lane and 3-of-4 at the line and Martin canned two big 3-pointers as Kansas State closed the half on an 11-4 run to take a 26-16 lead into the locker room.

The Wildcats close out the non-conference portion of their season on Monday night at Bramlage Coliseum, when Kansas State hosts Chicago State for a 7 p.m. tip.