K-State’s Big 12 win streak ends with loss to Iowa State

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – Iowa State hit 14 3-pointers, 8 of which came in the first half, as the Kansas State suffered its first Big 12 defeat in its last 10 Big 12 contests in falling to the Cyclones, 78-64, in front of a sold-out crowd of 12,528 fans at Bramlage Coliseum on Saturday afternoon.

The loss snaps K-State’s 9-game winning streak in Big 12 play, which was the longest such streak in the Big 12 era and the longest regular-season conference winning streak in nearly 45 seasons since winning 11 consecutive games from Jan. 14 to Feb. 26, 1974 in the old Big Eight Conference.

The 14 made 3-point field goals by Iowa State (19-6, 8-4 Big 12) tied for the most by an opponent this season and the most since Texas also connected on 14 triples on Jan. 2, 2019. Overall, it tied for the third-most 3-point field goals by an opponent in school history, which has now been done a total of four times.

Iowa State connected on 52.7 percent (29-of-55) from the field, including 58.3 percent (14-of-24) from 3-point range. The Cyclones shot better than 50 percent in each half and dished out 19 assists on its 29 made field goals. Freshman Talen Horton-Tucker (6) and sophomore Lindell Wigginton (5) combined for 11 of the squad’s 14 treys, as Wigginton led the way with 23 points while Horton-Tucker added 20. SeniorMarial Shayok posted a double-double with 13 points and a game-high 13 rebounds.

K-State (19-6, 9-3 Big 12) was led by senior guard Barry Brown, Jr., who scored a team-high 23 points on 10-of-16 shooting, including 3-of-6 from the perimeter. The scoring output registers his fourth-consecutive 20-plus point game against the Cyclones and his 21st 20-plus point performance of his career, including his sixth this season. Junior Makol Mawien was only other Wildcat in double figures with 10 points and a team-high 7 rebounds.

As a team, the Wildcats connected on just 42 percent (21-of-51) from the field, including 26.3 percent (5-of-19) from 3-point range, while shooting 70.8 percent (17-of-24) from the free throw line.

Saturday’s matchup marked the fourth ranked meeting between the two teams and the first since 2014, as the Wildcats fall to 1-3 under such a scenario. The loss ends a K-State three-game win streak against the Cyclones, with K-State owning the series history between the two schools at 140-88.


HOW IT HAPPENED 
As expected, the teams traded blows in the early going before a 3-pointer by senior Barry Brown, Jr., gave K-State an 11-8 lead at the 13:24 mark. However, the Big 12’s top scoring offense going on the next possession, as a 3-pointer by senior Marial Shayok ignited an 11-0 run that forced head coach Bruce Weber to call his first timeout with Iowa State leading 19-11 with 9:48 remaining.

The Wildcats slowly chipped at the lead, using a 12-5 run to close the deficit to 24-24 on a 3-pointer from senior Kamau Stokes with 5:42 left before halftime. However, the Cyclones answered the run with a triple from freshman Talen Horton-Tucker on the next possession that started a personal 14-5 run that extended the lead to 38-28 with 1:21 remaining. Brown was able to close the gap to 38-31 at the break with a running 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Brown (16) and Horton-Tucker (14) were responsible for 30 of the 69 combined points on 12-of-16 shooting.

Iowa State connected on 50 percent (13-of-26) from the field, including 57.1 percent (8-of-14) from 3-point range, with 8 assists on 13 made field goals in the first half, while K-State shot 44 percent (11-of-25), including 37.5 percent (3-of-8) from long range.

Horton-Tucker continued his hot shooting in the second half, as he knocked down his fifth 3-pointer to give the Cyclones a double-digit lead (41-31) just 35 seconds into the half.  

Later in the half, the Wildcats stormed back behind a 7-0 run that began with a 3-pointer from Brown. K-State then rattled off four more points, including a pair of free throws from sophomore guard Mike McGuirl, as the squad trailed by just two at 50-48 with 10:54 left in the game.

ISU continued its success from beyond the arc in the second half, as sophomore Lindell Wigginton connected on a pair of 3-pointers within a minute of each other, extending the lead to 63-58 with 6:07 left.

After the pair of 3-pointers, the Cyclones extended their lead in the final minutes, sprouting off a 10-0 run to bring the score to 74-60 at under two minutes. They would ride out the final to minutes to victory, defeating the Wildcats, 78-64, to snap a 3-game losing streak in the series.

PLAYER OF THE GAME

Barry Brown, Jr. – The K-State senior registered his fourth-consecutive 20-point game against the Cyclones, while marking his 21st career game with 20-plus points and his sixth the season, scoring a team-high 23 points on 10-of-16 from the field, including 3-of-6 from beyond the arc.
 
STAT OF THE GAME
14 – The Wildcats allowed 14 3-pointers on Saturday, tying a season-high. Iowa State shot 58.3 percent (14-of-24) in the game, including 8 that came in the first half. This marks the second-time this season the Wildcats allowed 14 3-pointers, with their last coming in a loss against Texas on January 2.  
 
SEASON RECORD UPDATE
K-State 19-6 (9-3 Big 12)
Iowa State 19-6 (8-4 Big 12)
 

IN THEIR WORDS
BRUCE WEBER, K-STATE HEAD COACH
On the game…

“You have to give credit to them. They are good. We knew they were good. It is no excuse, but they lost last week and they had a week off and we played two road games between then and it caught up with us. Obviously, we have had injuries and illnesses and we were still right there. I thought at the beginning of the game we had about as good of shots as we have had all year. We just did not make them. That allowed them to get ahead of us and we could just never recover. They are the ones that have gone to Texas Tech and won. And they came here and won.”

BEYOND THE BOXSCORE

  • The loss snaps K-State’s 9-game winning streak in Big 12 play, which was the longest such streak in the Big 12 era and the longest regular-season conference winning streak in nearly 45 seasons since winning 11 consecutive games from Jan. 14 to Feb. 26, 1974 in the old Big Eight Conference.
  • K-State is now 11-2 at home this season, including 10-2 at Bramlage Coliseum.
  • K-State is now 375-118 all-time at Bramlage Coliseum since its opening in 1988-89… The 375 wins are the second-most at a home venue, trailing the 378 at Ahearn Field House (1950-88).
  • K-State is now 266-105 all-time as a Top 25 team, including 8-3 this season… The Wildcats have a 21-10 all-time record as the AP’s No. 18 team, snapping a 4-game winning streak.
  • K-State is now 4-2 against Top 25 opponents this season… The 4 Top 25 wins tie for the seventh-most in a single season (1980-81 and 2011-12) in school history.
  • K-State is now 117-259 all-time against Top 25 opponents, including 26-44 under head coach Bruce Weber… The 26 Top 25 wins are the most of any head coach in school history.
  • K-State still leads the all-time series with Iowa State, 140-88… The 140 wins are the most against one opponent… The Wildcats still lead the series at home, 81-28, including a 21-10 mark at Bramlage Coliseum… Iowa State holds a narrow 25-23 edge since the start of Big 12 play.
  • Iowa State connected on 29 field goals on Saturday…This is the most K-State has allowed this season. They had previously allowed a season-high 25 field goals in four games this season.
  • Iowa State’s 14 made three-pointers ties the most K-State has allowed this year. This ties for the third-most three-pointers allowed in school history. K-State allowed 14 three-pointers earlier this season in a loss against Texas (1/2/19).
  • The Cyclones shot 52.7 percent from the field. This marks the third time this season K-State has allowed an opponent to shoot over 50 percent (Marquette, 12/1/18 and Texas A&M, 1/26/19).
  • K-State’s 5 three-pointers marks one of four conferences games this season they have connected on 5 or fewer makes. They had made 8 or more in four straight games before tonight.
  • K-State dished out 8 assists on 21 made field goals… The 8 assists tied for the third-least this season… Previously, K-State finished with 15 or more assists in five straight games, which they have finished with 10 times this season.
  • K-State registered single-digit turnovers for just the seventh time this season.
  • Senior Barry Brown, Jr., scored a team-high 23 points on 10-of-16 field goals, including 3-of-6 from 3-point range, to go with 5 rebounds and 1 assist in 40 minutes… He has now led the team in scoring on 39 occasions, including 11 times this season… He has now scored in double figures in 84 career games, including 21 this season… He has now scored in double figures in 12 consecutive games.
  • Brown now has 1,675 career points, which passes Steve Henson (1,655; 1987-90) for sixth all-time in school history… He has now seen action in a school-record 130 consecutive games, including 108 straight starts… His 108 consecutive starts rank second behind Henson’s school record of 118… His 130 games played rank as the eighth-most in school history.
  • This marks the second time this season Brown has made 10 or more field goals… He previously did so at Oklahoma (11, 1/16/19).
  • Brown has now scored 20 or more points against the Cyclones in four consecutive games, with Saturday’s outing being the most he has scored against Iowa State.
  • Junior Makol Mawien scored 10 points on 3-of-5 field goals and 4-of-5 from the free-throw line to go with a team-high 7 rebounds and 2 blocks in 29 minutes… He has now scored in double figures in 18 career games, including 8 this season… He has now led the team in rebounding on 10 occasions, including 6 this season.
  • Senior Dean Wade scored 9 points on 3-of-6 field goals, including 1-of-2 from 3-point range and 2-of-2 from the line, to go with a team-high 3 assists and 5 rebounds in 30 minutes… He has now led the team in assists in 20 career games, including 8 this season.
  • Wade now has 654 career rebounds, which passes Steve Mitchell (649; 1970-73) and ties Rodney McGruder (2009-13) for eighth all-time in school history.
  • Wade has now started in 117 career games, which puts him fourth in school history and one start away from a tie for second place with Ed Nealy (1978-82) and Steve Henson (1987-90).
  • Sophomore Mike McGuirl scored 7 points on 2-of-4 field goals, including 3-of-4 from the free-throw line, to go with a team-high 3 assists, 3 rebounds and 1 steal in 32 minutes… This marks the first time he has led the team in assists in his career.

WHAT’S NEXT

K-State will begin a stretch of three consecutive appearances on ESPN’s Big Monday, as the Wildcats travel to Morgantown, W.Va., to take on West Virginia (10-15, 2-10 Big 12) at 8 p.m., CT at the WVU Coliseum. K-State used a historic 21-point comeback to win the first meeting, 71-69, on Jan. 9 at home. The Wildcats have lost 5 straight games to the Mountaineers at WVU Coliseum with the last win coming on Jan. 12, 2013.

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