MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Melvin Ejim and DeAndre Kane did all they could for No. 15 Iowa State on Saturday night. Outside of that dynamic scoring duo, though, hardly anyone else came through.
The rest of the Cyclones shot 6 for 35 (17 percent) from the field in an 80-73 loss to Kansas State, which put five players in double figures.
"You look at 38-2 on bench points, that's a pretty telling stat right there," Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg said. "They did a great job."
Will Spradling hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 1:38 left for Kansas State (20-9, 10-6 Big 12), in a four-way tie for second place in the conference with Iowa State, Oklahoma and Texas.
Shane Southwell had 13 points for the Wildcats, trying to earn the No. 2 seed in the league tournament. They play at Oklahoma State on Monday and then host Baylor on Saturday to end the regular season.
Kansas State has won 15 straight at Bramlage Coliseum, its longest home winning streak since the 1981-82 season.
Ejim had 30 points and 16 rebounds, and Kane added 24 points and eight rebounds to pace the Cyclones (22-6, 10-6). Ejim, the Big 12's active leader in career double-doubles, got his 31st by halftime with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
"He really struggled in his last game and only played 20 minutes," Hoiberg said. "But we stepped up in his absence and got a big win despite him being on the bench for half of the game. His energy was off the charts tonight. To go out and have 30 and 16 on the road is a pretty big-time performance."
Behind a 16-0 run, the Wildcats opened a 20-9 lead with 10:44 left in the first half.
Ejim and Kane answered the Kansas State spurt with 28 first-half points while cutting the deficit to 39-34 at the break.
As the "Big Three" for the Cyclones, Ejim, Kane and Georges Niang all came in with scoring averages above 17 points per game in conference play.
Although two of the three lit up the Wildcats' defense, Kansas State coach Bruce Weber was happy with his team's effort.
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