Late KSU Run Dooms No. 15 Iowa State in Manhattan
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State (20-9, 10-6 Big 12) had four players in double figures in an 80-73 win over No. 15 Iowa State (22-6, 10-6 Big 12) Saturday night in Bramlage Coliseum.
With the game tied at 69-all and just under two minutes remaining, the Wildcats sealed their win by outscoring ISU 11-4 the rest of the way.
Melvin Ejim and DeAndre Kane combined for 54 of ISU’s 73 points, as Ejim recorded 30 and Kane had 24. Ejim also had 16 rebounds en route to his 31st career double-double.
Kansas State caught fire early while taking a 33-21 lead. Shane Southwell made his first four shots from downtown to jumpstart the Wildcats.
Iowa State remained in the game behind the play of Ejim and Kane, who each had 14 points at the half. The pair both drained 3-pointers in the final four minutes of the opening period to help ISU close out the half on a 13-6 run to cut the KSU lead to 39-34 at the break.
ISU began chipping away in the second half, taking its first lead when Ejim drained a 3-pointer with 9:33 remaining the contest. Kane hit a trey minutes later to make it 62-60.
Moments later, Ejim picked up his fourth foul and went to the bench. ISU struggled without its leader, going six minutes without a field goal. KSU started to regain control and took a 68-63 lead with 3:54 remaining when Marcus Foster buried a long trey.
ISU tied it at 69-69 with 1:54 to play on a Monte Morris 3-pointer, but KSU rattled off seven-straight points in 0:26 seconds, including a key 3-pointer by Will Spradling to answer Morris’ trey.
Keys to the Game
Free-Throw Shooting. In a tight game, many times the difference in the game comes down to free-throw shooting. Unfortunately for the Cyclones, they did not convert and the Wildcats did. ISU was 20-of-30 at the free-throw line, while KSU made 23-of-its-29 freebies.
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Cyclone Game Ball Goes to…
Melvin Ejim. The strong candidate for Big 12 Player of the Year honors posted another solid evening on the hardwood with 30 points and 16 rebounds. Ejim had a double-double at the half en route to the 31st double-double of his career to tie for fifth all-time in school history. It was his 12th game of 20+ points this season and his second 30+ game of the season.
Ejim also eclipsed the 1,500-point mark. He now has 1,529 points in his career.
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*Melvin Ejim played in his 127th career game to rank second all-time in school history behind Diante Garrett (128).
*Ejim had 30 points and 16 rebound to record his ninth double-double of the season.
*Ejim now has 31 double-doubles in his career to tie for fifth all-time in school history.
*Ejim has 12 games of 20 or more points this season and 18 in his career.
*Ejim is the first Cyclone to have two 30+ point games in a season since Craig Brackins did it in the 2008-09 season.
*Ejim has reached 1,500 points (1,529) to rank 14th all-time in school history.
*DeAndre Kane scored in double figures for the 24th time this season and reached 20+ points for the 12th time this season with 24.
*Monte Morris has 103 assists on the season, ranking fourth on ISU’s freshman assist list.
*ISU is the only team in the nation to score 70 points in every game this season.
*ISU shot 34.8 percent from the floor, its second-lowest outing of the season.
*ISU is one of four teams in the Big 12 tied for second in the standing at 10-6 (Kansas State, Texas, Oklahoma).
Tweet of the Game
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Iowa State travels to Baylor on Tuesday. Tipoff is at 6 p.m. CT on ESPN2.