Three Takeaways: Iowa State can’t pull off road win against Kansas State

Iowa State freshman Cameron Lard attempts to block a shot during Iowa State’s 78-66 loss to Kansas State. 

Brian Mozey

Iowa State was looking for its first road win of the season as the Cyclones travelled to Manhattan, Kansas, for a Saturday game. Kansas State spoiled that goal as the Wildcats came out with the 78-66 victory making it a record of 0-8 for Iowa State.

After the game, coach Steve Prohm displayed disappointment for the team and described the “inconsistent” play between the players.

Here are the takeaways from the Iowa State loss to Kansas State.

Turnovers and capitalizing on them

Prohm has repeatedly said this season that turnovers will ruin Iowa State’s chances to win games and it was proven against Kansas State.

In the first half, the Cyclones finished with five turnovers and were tied at 33 apiece heading into the second half. The Wildcats were able to capitalize on those five turnovers by scoring seven points off turnovers along with five fastbreak points.

Iowa State was able to have Kansas State turn the ball over eight times in the first half, but only scored five points off those turnovers and had zero fastbreak points.

It became worse for the Cyclones in the second half as they gave the ball away eight more times, totaling 13 turnovers. This allowed the Wildcats to score 18 points off the turnovers and add 13 fastbreak points.

Kansas State finished with one less turnover than Iowa State with 12, but the Cyclones were only able to score nine points off those turnovers and five fastbreak points.

If Iowa State was able to capitalize on the Wildcats’ turnovers, the score would’ve been at least closer with the possibility of the Cyclones winning this game.

“Just not paying attention to detail and not locking in,” Jackson said. “We just need to bounce back.”

Powerful Wildcats from the floor

Iowa State finished the game with 44.6 percent shooting from the floor and 36.8 percent from the 3-point line. That’s usually a good game for the Cyclones and would allow them to stay in the game or potentially win it.

The only problem was that Kansas State shot 51.7 percent from the floor and 40 percent from behind the arc. The higher percentages caused Iowa State to stay winless on the road this season.

The Wildcats had a big second half tonight that led to these types of numbers. In the second half, Kansas State shot 58.6 percent from the floor and 45.5 percent from the 3-point line.

Nick Weiler-Babb agreed with Prohm that the Cyclones need to play stronger defense otherwise it’ll be hard to win on the road in a Big 12 environment.

“We don’t play defense on the road,” Weiler-Babb said. “And that’s what wins on the road is defense and we just haven’t done it.”

Key contributors for the Cyclones

Even though it was a tough loss on the road for Iowa State, the Cyclones had some key contributors that help throughout the game.

The first was Cameron Lard who finished with 15 points and eight rebounds. He went 7-for-12 from the field and added one assist along with one block in 31 minutes of play. Lard led Iowa State in points and rebounds.

The next highest scorer was senior guard Donovan Jackson who finished with 13 points. It took him a little bit to hit his first bucket of the game, but after that he contributed in many ways. Along with his points, he had five assists, two rebounds and one steal.

Finally, Lindell Wigginton scored in double digits. He ended his night with 11 points and two assists in 28 minutes of play.