Iowa State hit 14 3-pointers, 8 of which came in the first half, as the Kansas State suffered its first Big 12 defeat in its last 10 Big 12 contests in falling to the Cyclones, 78-64, in front of a sold-out crowd of 12,528 fans at Bramlage Coliseum on Saturday afternoon.
The loss snaps K-State’s 9-game winning streak in Big 12 play, which was the longest such streak in the Big 12 era and the longest regular-season conference winning streak in nearly 45 seasons since winning 11 consecutive games from Jan. 14 to Feb. 26, 1974 in the old Big Eight Conference.
The 14 made 3-point field goals by Iowa State (19-6, 8-4 Big 12) tied for the most by an opponent this season and the most since Texas also connected on 14 triples on Jan. 2, 2019. Overall, it tied for the third-most 3-point field goals by an opponent in school history, which has now been done a total of four times.
Iowa State connected on 52.7 percent (29-of-55) from the field, including 58.3 percent (14-of-24) from 3-point range. The Cyclones shot better than 50 percent in each half and dished out 19 assists on its 29 made field goals. Freshman Talen Horton-Tucker (6) and sophomore Lindell Wigginton (5) combined for 11 of the squad’s 14 treys, as Wigginton led the way with 23 points while Horton-Tucker added 20. Senior Marial Shayok posted a double-double with 13 points and a game-high 13 rebounds.
K-State (19-6, 9-3 Big 12) was led by senior guardBarry Brown, Jr., who scored a team-high 23 points on 10-of-16 shooting, including 3-of-6 from the perimeter. The scoring output registers his fourth-consecutive 20-plus point game against the Cyclones and his 21st 20-plus point performance of his career, including his sixth this season. Junior Makol Mawienwas only other Wildcat in double figures with 10 points and a team-high 7 rebounds.
As a team, the Wildcats connected on just 42 percent (21-of-51) from the field, including 26.3 percent (5-of-19) from 3-point range, while shooting 70.8 percent (17-of-24) from the free throw line.
Saturday’s matchup marked the fourth ranked meeting between the two teams and the first since 2014, as the Wildcats fall to 1-3 under such a scenario. The loss ends a K-State three-game win streak against the Cyclones, with K-State owning the series history between the two schools at 140-88.