KANSAS CITY, Mo. – No. 5 Iowa State (22-11, 9-9 Big 12) took out No. 1 Kansas State (25-8, 14-4 Big 12) in a Big 12 semifinal thriller, 63-59. The Cyclones will be making their fourth trip to the Big 12 Championship game in the last six years and their fifth in school history.
How It Happened
Marial Shayok hit a pair of corner threes in the final two minutes of the game to push the Cyclones past the Wildcats. Iowa State trailed for a good portion of the second half before Shayok tied the game at 55-55 with 1:53 to go in the game. After a big defensive stop, Shayok drained a step-back three as time expired on the shot clock to put Iowa State up 58-55 with under a minute to go in the midst of a 10-0 run.
The Cyclones hit their free throws down the stretch, including two from Shayok to ice away the victory, and outlasted Kansas State, 63-59.
Kansas State quickly erased the Cyclones’ 35-25 halftime lead and tied the game at 38-38 in the first five minutes of the second half.
The Wild Cats eventually captured their first lead since the 7:11 mark of the first half, 45-43, on a Xavier Sneed three pointer.
Tyrese Haliburton blew the roof of the Sprint Center with a posterizing dunk that brought the Cyclones within one point of the Kansas State lead. Kansas State pushed its lead back up to 55-50 before the Cyclones made their run.
Kansas State held an early advantage in the contest, jumping out to a seven-point lead in the first half. A Haliburton tip-back layup sprung a 19-4 Cyclone run to close out the first half. The Cyclone defense was outstanding, holding Kansas State to just 10-33 shooting in the first half, including 3-12 from deep.
In the final seven minutes of the half, the Wildcats scored just four points. The Cyclones shot 14-28 from the field in the first half and outrebounded Kansas State, 23-14.
No. 5 Iowa State will take on No. 3 Kansas in the Big 12 Championship. The conference title is set for 5 p.m. Saturday evening on ESPN.
Players Of Note
Marial Shayok could not have had a more clutch performance down the stretch for Iowa State. He finished as the game’s leading scorer with 21 points, eight of which came in the final two minutes of the game. He also brought in three boards and churned out an assist.
Michael Jacobson had a career day on the boards. The Waukee, Iowa, native hauled in a career-high 16 boards for the game, which is tied for the most by a Cyclone at the Big 12 Tournament with Stevie Johnson who had 16 against Baylor in 2000. Jacobson also scored eight points and tallied two dimes.
*ISU is 5-2 all-time in Big 12 semifinal games.
*ISU is the first 5-seed to reach the championship game since 2003.
*ISU has won seven of its last nine conference semifinal contests, dating back to the 1995 Big Eight Tournament.
*ISU is 19-3 when leading at halftime.
*ISU is 14-3 when outrebounding its opponent.
*ISU is 18-5 when outshooting its opponent from the field.
*ISU is 19-1 when allowing fewer than 70 points.
*ISU has made a three-pointer in 400 consecutive games dating back to the 2007-08 season.