What a win. Almost every “Bracketologist” was criticizing the Cyclones for not having a quality road win (and deservedly so). Today, the Cyclones finally got it and they are now a lock for the NCAA tournament. The game was filled with struggles for the Clones, but they were able to fight through it to get the difficult road win. Senior Scott Christopherson put the team on his shoulders and was the biggest reason for the win for the Cyclones today over Kansas State.
The game’s first five minutes were extremely slow. The Cyclones only scored 2 points during that span. Scott Christopherson then turned it on. Christopherson ended the half with 18 points by making all 6 field goal attempts including 4 3-pointers. One 3-pointer was seriously from the K-State logo. Iowa State played great defense throughout the first half, but towards the end, K-State capitalized on ISU’s poor defense to get it to 10 points at halftime.
Iowa State could not have started the second half any worse. Kansas State went on a 15-1 run to start the half that was plagued by turnovers and poor defense by ISU. The game went down to the wire. In a tie game with 1:33 left, Scott Christopherson made a clutch 3-pointer to give the Cyclones a 64-61 lead. Iowa State’s defense shut down Kansas State in the last minute to capture the big road win.
Royce White has been Mr. Everything for Iowa State this year, but you could argue that Scott Christopherson has been the most valuable for the Cyclones this year. Scott Christopherson was absolutely on fire today as he ended with 29 points. Scotty made 10 of his 13 shots including going perfect from 3-point land (5 for 5). When the Clones needed a big make in the second half, the turned to Scott Christopherson.
Chris Allen had 10 including a couple 3s and Royce White had another Royce White-like day (9 points, 12 rebounds, and 7 assists).
The defense for the Cyclones wasn’t pretty at some points. However, you have to give them credit especially with Chris Babb in foul trouble today. McGruder was only 5 for 13 from the field. The Wildcats as a whole struggled shooting the 3-pointer, missing 14 of 17 shots. Also, the Cyclones beat Kansas State at what they do best; rebounding.
With the win, Iowa State improves to 21-8 and 11-5 in the Big 12. With a win over Baylor next Saturday, Iowa State will finish third in the conference.
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