Turnovers doom Iowa St. against No. 13 K-State
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Iowa State had a good night from behind the 3-point line. It was a slew of turnovers that did in the Cyclones against No. 13 Kansas State.
The Cyclones drained 12 shots from long range but gave the ball away 20 times, and the Wildcats scored 27 points off turnovers — including 16 in the second half — in a 79-70 victory on Saturday night.
"We've got too many weapons on the offensive end to turn the ball over as many times as we did," Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg said. "Early on in the season, it was our weakness, our biggest weakness.
"We've been very good since conference play started, but we reverted back to trying to hit home runs today instead of making the safe, easy pass."
Korie Lucious led the Cyclones (16-7, 6-4 Big 12) with 16 points and reserve Tyrus McGee had 15.
Rodney McGruder scored 22 points and Angel Rodriguez added 20 as the Wildcats moved into sole possession of first place in the conference.
Kansas State (19-4, 8-2) held a slim 33-32 lead at the break in a game that remained close most of the way.
After Ejim reversed the Wildcats' halftime lead, McGruder scored on a slashing layup and drew a foul against Lucious. With three fouls, Lucious — who led Iowa State with 10 points in the first half — went to the bench and did not score again until only 1:33 remained in the game.
"That killed us," Chris Babb said. "When he has to go out, it kind of throws off our whole offense, him and Bubu (Palo), both our point guards. It's hard to win like that."
A bucket by Thomas Gipson gave Kansas State a 38-34 lead before Georges Niang and Will Clyburn — who was averaging 15.2 points but scored only six against the Wildcats — each hit a bucket to give Iowa State a 39-38 lead.
An 8-0 spurt that included a 3-pointer by Shane Southwell, free throws by Gipson and a another 3 by Will Spradling put Kansas State in front 46-39.
The breathing room did not last long.
The gap narrowed again when McGee hit a pair of baskets to bring the Cyclones within 46-44, and after Rodriguez and Gipson scored for the Wildcats, McGee hit a pair of 3s.
"He's instant offense," Ejim said, "That was what we needed. We just couldn't get enough of it throughout the game."
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