AMES, Iowa- Barry Brown made a driving shot with six seconds left to lift Kansas State (12-4, 2-2 Big 12) to a 58-57 win over No. 20 Iowa State (12-4, 2-2 Big 12) Saturday afternoon in Hilton Coliseum.
With ISU leading 55-48 with five minutes left, Brown scored eight of KSU’s final 10 points in a crucial 10-2 run to finish the game. Brown led all scorers with 23 points.
How It Happened
Kansas State went into the break with a 35-26 lead, as the Cyclones struggled to find their groove offensively.
Brown drilled a desperation 3-pointer as the shot clock was winding down to give KSU its largest lead of the half at 32-22 with 2:39 remaining. The Wildcats made 6-of-11 shots from downtown, while ISU was just 3-of-12 in the opening period.
ISU’s 26 points was its lowest first half point total of the season.
The Cyclones opened the second half on a 14-5 run to tie the score at 40-40. ISU finally heated up from long range, as Talen Horton-Tucker hit a pair of treys, followed by bombs from Marial Shayok and Lindell Wigginton, as ISU opened the second period 5-of-8 from the field.
ISU then went cold again, missing six-straight shots to watch the Wildcats move ahead 46-41 at the second media timeout.
The Cyclones then went on a 14-2 run to take their first lead of the second half. Weiler-Babb hit a pair of 3-pointers in the run and Conditt IV had a monster put-back dunk to give the Cyclones a 55-48 lead with 5:01 remaining.
Two baskets by Brown in a 6-2 KSU run trimmed the lead to 57-54 with 2:04 remaining. Brown then made two charity shots to make it a 57-56 ISU lead with 0:16 seconds left.
Wigginton was fouled on the in-bounds pass, but he missed the one-and-one to set up Brown’s final shot.
ISU missed three front ends of one-and-one situations, including two in the final four minutes. ISU finished the game 6-of-12 from the charity stripe.
Players of Note
Nick Weiler-Babb posted 11 points, dished out five assists and grabbed four rebounds in the contest. His second 3-pointer of the second half (6:16) gave the Cyclones their first lead since the early moments of the first period.
George Conditt IV made the most of his first significant playing time in conference play, scoring nine points from off the bench. He converted an “and-one” in the first half and his dunk with 8:27 left in the second period tied the score at 46-46. He was 4-of-4 from the field with four rebounds and two blocks.
Iowa State travels to Lubbock, Texas to face Texas Tech on Wednesday (Jan. 16). Tipoff is at 8 p.m. on ESPNU.