No. 20 Cyclones lose second straight, fall to K-State 58-57


Iowa State sophomore Lindell Wigginton makes a move toward the basket during the second half of their 77-60 win over Kansas.

Noah Rohlfing

The weather outside was frightful, but No. 20 Iowa State’s offensive play might have been just as scary to some in the first half. After a second-half comeback, the Cyclones failed to pick up a home win over Kansas State, losing 58-57.

A sloppy first half in which the Cyclones only made nine field goals led to a 35-26 score in favor of the Wildcats, with recently-returning guard Kamau Stokes leading all scorers with 12 points. Iowa State hit only three of 12 3-point attempts in the first 20 minutes. 

The second half, though, started out very differently. The Cyclones were aggressive in the first four minutes, causing problems for the Wildcats and tying the game at 40 on a Lindell Wigginton three with 14:38 to play. The Cyclones used a 9-0 run to take a 55-48 lead with 5:01 to play and didn’t give up the lead until Barry Brown hit the game-winning layup for the Wildcats with 5.7 seconds left.

Kansas State went cold for the entire second half, shooting just 9-for-30 in the final 20 minutes of action, but were led by 23 points from Brown.

The Cyclones were led by Nick Weiler-Babb, who scored 11 points on 3-for-6 shooting. He was the only Iowa State player to reach double figures. Iowa State falls to 2-2 in Big 12 play.

Up next for the Cyclones is a road trip to Lubbock, Texas to take on the No. 8 Texas Tech Red Raiders at 8 p.m. Wednesday.