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Efficient offense goes to waste as Cyclones outscore Wildcats in Ames

AMES — As fifth-year guard Gabe Kalscheur curled around a screen in the final minute of Tuesday night’s top-15 matchup between Kansas State and Iowa State, he was trailed by sophomore guard Cam Carter.

Kalscheur, who had already scored 17 points and made six of his 10 shot attempts for the Cyclones, stepped just inside the 3-point arc and rose for a mid-range jumper, fading laterally as he took the shot. With senior center Abayomi Iyiola staying under a screen from Iowa State center Osun Osunniyi, it was on Carter to catch up for a contest on Kalscheur’s shot, which fell through the net to give the Cyclones a 75-71 advantage with 45 seconds remaining.

“They just knocked down tough shots at the right time for them,” said senior forward Keyontae Johnson, on a night where the Cyclones shot 57.1 percent from the floor. “They ran plays and they knocked it down and played with big confidence. You’ve gotta give credit to them. They are some good players, too. So, I feel like they executed their plays and they knew who to go to at the right time.”

After Kalscheur’s jumper fell and K-State head coach Jerome Tang drew up a baseline bucket for Johnson, senior guard Markquis Nowell drove to the rim with the Wildcats trailing 76-73 and threw up a right-handed runner that clanged off the rim and into the hands of Iowa State guard Tamin Lipsey.

“I saw there was no help side (defense) and I knew we were in the double bonus,” Nowell explained of his decision to attack the rim, leading to a rare miss on a night where both teams shot above 50 percent. “It didn’t fall my way and I’ll look at the film and see what other options I had.”

The Cyclones won a late-game free throw shooting contest to put the finishing touches on an 80-76 win over the fifth-ranked Wildcats.

“I’m proud of our guys for how we responded and how we played with poise at the right time,” said Tang following Kansas State’s second loss in Big 12 play. “I always say that big-time players…


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