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Iowa State men lose close game at Kansas

Iowa State men lose close game at Kansas

LAWRENCE, Kansas – Iowa State was unable to find its way ahead of No. 12 Kansas as the Jayhawks (13-3, 3-1 Big 12) pulled away late from the Cyclones (9-6, 0-4 Big 12) 83-78 Tuesday night at Allen Fieldhouse. ISU was led by a pair of 20-point efforts by Lindell Wigginton (27) and Donovan Jackson (20), while ISU got double-doubles from Cameron Lard (15 points, 10 rebounds) and Nick Weiler-Babb (13 points, 10 rebounds).

The Cyclones were able to tie the score seven times against the Jayhawks, but ISU was only able to grab the lead once, in the early moments of the second half. KU and the Allen Fieldhouse crowd were able to find the answers, the final one coming via a 9-0 in the final minutes of the game to put the visiting Cyclones away for good.

How It Happened
Kansas was on fire to start the game from behind the arc, with Svi Mykhailiuk hit four early 3-pointers to help power KU to a 20-12 lead. The Cyclones hung tough, and were in position to get back into the contest when the home team’s shooting went cold. Lindell Wigginton‘s aggression proved to be a problem for the Jayhawk defense, as he was able to drive and score to knot the contest at 24-24.

An old-fashioned three-point play from Cameron Lard knotted it again at 33-33, but KU was able to get some breathing room heading into the locker room with Udoka Azubiuke getting the Jayhawks’ final seven points of the half to make it 40-37 KU.

The Cyclones very briefly took a lead early in the second half on an 18-footer by Wigginton at 42-40, but the lead was on the board for less than 10 seconds, as KU ripped off a 12-0 run to get ahead by double figures at 52-42. The Cyclones responded incredibly well, with a well-balanced attack both inside and outside bringing Kansas’ advantage back to one at 58-57. Solomon Young knotted it up at the line at 66-66.

Lard’s put back tied it yet again at 73-73, but Kansas was able to run off nine-straight to pull back ahead for good at 82-73.

Players of Note
The previous two games heading into Tuesday night, Lindell Wigginton was held to a combined 13 points. It only took him 13 minutes to surpass that total as he powered the Cyclone attack in the first period. Wigginton finished with 27 points, the most by a Cyclone freshman at Allen Fieldhouse, and his sixth game over 20 points on the year.

Cameron Lard‘s role in the starting lineup saw him once again have a productive evening, with the freshman recording his fourth double-double at 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Nick Weiler-Babb flirted with a triple-double, settling for his sixth double-double of the season with 13 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.

Cyclone Quick Hits
*Iowa State hit 11 3-pointers, its sixth game of the season draining at least 10 treys.
*Nick Weiler-Babb recorded 13 points and 10 rebounds, his sixth double-double of the season.
*Cameron Lard notched 15 points and 10 rebounds for his fourth double-double as a Cyclone.
*Donovan Jackson finished with 20 points, his eighth 20-point game of the campaign.
*Lindell Wiggington finished with 27 points, a sixth 20-point game on the season and his 10th game of the season in double figures.
*Wigginton becomes the fourth ISU freshman in program history to go over 20 points against Kansas (Curtis Stinson, Jake Sullivan, Dean Uthoff).

Up Next
Iowa State returns to Hilton Coliseum on Saturday to take on Baylor. Tip between the Cyclones and Bears will be at 2 p.m.

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