AMES, Iowa — The 22nd-ranked Kansas State men’s basketball team used a ferocious comeback in the second half Saturday, but fell short in the end, losing 81-75 to No. 16 Iowa State at Hilton Coliseum.
Iowa State used a 12-2 run late in the first half to build a 12-point halftime lead, but the Wildcats rallied with big 16-4 run of their own to tie the game at 50 with 13:11 remaining.
Then later, the Cyclones allowed nine points in a span of just two minutes, and a 3-pointer from Will Spradling tied the game at 66 with five minutes left. Iowa State’s Georges Niang answered with a crucial 3 and the Cyclones’ DeAndre Kane completed a three-point play to put the ISU ahead 72-66. The Cyclones’ Melvin Ejim blocked a potential game-tying 3 from senior Shane Southwell and then hit two free throws to put the Cyclones ahead for good, 79-73, with 23 seconds remaining.
K-State (15-5, 4-3 Big 12) was led by Marcus Foster, who scored 20 points. Southwell had 14 points and Spradling scored 12. Ejim led Iowa State (15-3, 3-3) with 20 points.