Kansas State Blows Second Half Lead, Loses At Iowa State

(Charlie Neibergall/Associated Press)

AMES, Iowa— Royce White hit the game-winning jumper with 1.8 seconds left as Iowa State rallied from a 14-point deficit to beat Kansas State 72-70 on Tuesday night.

White finished with 22 points and Chris Allen had 15 for the Cyclones (16-6, 6-3 Big 12), who’ve won four of their last five.

Iowa State’s Chris Babb tied the game at 70 on a pair of free throws with 49 seconds left. The Cyclones then corralled a loose ball to gain possession with the shot clock off, and White drove to the baseline and floated in the deciding bucket from about 8 feet.

The Cyclones knocked the ball out of the hands of Kansas State’s Will Spradlin at the buzzer.

Thomas Gipson led the Wildcats (15-6, 4-5) with 13 points.

What appeared to be a pending Kansas State blowout developed into a crushing loss for the Wildcats.

Iowa State opened the second half looking out of sync, and the Wildcats took advantage of that sluggishness by expanding their lead to 14 points. Jamar Samuels capped a 10-2 run with a 3-pointer from the corner with 14:27 left, putting Kansas State ahead 53-39.

The deficit got the Cyclones’ attention, and by the midway point of the second half they’d cut it to 57-51 on a dunk through traffic by White. Allen made it a 60-58 game with a 3-pointer before Spradlin answered with a 3 of his own with 7:11 left.

Samuels, Rodney McGruder and Martavious Irving each scored 11 points for Kansas State.

The Wildcats had turned things around after a 1-3 start in the Big 12, beating Oklahoma State and Texas Tech on the road to reach .500 in the league. But Kansas State’s three-game winning streak was snapped Saturday with a 63-60 home loss to surprising Oklahoma.

Meanwhile, Iowa State was having its best Saturday in years.

The Cyclones took out then-No. 5 Kansas 72-64, giving coach Fred Hoiberg his biggest win yet.

That momentum didn’t carry over early, though, as the Wildcats raced ahead 36-29 at halftime.

Despite looking lifeless for much of the second half, the Cyclones had enough to engineer a comeback big enough to seal the victory.

Scott Christopherson chipped in with 11 points for Iowa State.

– Associated Press –