The Kansas State Wildcats defeated the No. 15 Iowa State Cyclones 80-73 at Fred Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas. The Wildcats improved to 20-9 (10-6 Big 12), and the Cyclones fell to 22-6 (10-6 Big 12).
The game was tied with two minutes to go in the second half, but the Wildcats emerged with the W after hitting six of nine free throws.
Both teams are in a four-way tie for second place with Oklahoma and Texas in the Big 12 Conference. Kansas State and Iowa State have two games remaining in the regular season.
Guard Shane Southwell led Kansas State’s balanced scoring attack. He had 13 points along with five rebounds. Forward Thomas Gipson added 12 points, eight rebounds, and two blocks. Forward D.J. Johnson netted 12 points and six rebounds. Forward Wesley Iwundu scored 11 points, five rebounds, and three assists, and guard Marcus Foster finished with 11 points and two assists.
Iowa State outrebounded K-State 47-38, but shot terribly from the field, 23-66 (34.8%). Forward Melvin Ejim scored a game-high 30 points, and grabbed 16 rebounds. Guard DeAndre Kane finished with a remarkable 24 points, eight rebounds, and six assists. Ejim and Kane played exceptionally well, but the Wildcats shutdown the rest of the Cyclones, and won the game with a balanced scoring attack.
Next game: Kansas State plays at Oklahoma State on Monday at 9 pm ET. Iowa State plays at Baylor on Tuesday at 7 pm ET.