Coming off a let down against Kansas on Tuesday, a lack of energy could have been expected, but I don’t think anyone could have forseen a more sluggish performance. The Cyclones came out of the gate very slow, they didn’t make it to the 18 minute mark before Steve Prohm used a timeout.
After the timeout, the defensive effort got better but the rebounding was still lacking. In the first half, Kansas State hauled in nine offensive rebounds. The Cyclones got better in the second half, only allowing one.
Rebounding was the only thing that got better from the first half to the second half; everything else got worse. The shooting went down, turnovers went up, and the defense gave up more runs. ISU only shot 44% from the floor and 37% from three. The Cyclones turned the ball over 12 times and allowed the Wildcats to shoot 52% from the floor.
Cameron Lard was the Cyclones leading scorer with 15, Donovan Jackson had 13, and Lindell Wigginton was the only other Cyclone in double figures with 11.
Dean Wade and Barry Brown led the way for K-State. Wade had 22 and Brown scores 20, respectively.
Iowa State returns to Hilton Coliseum on Wednesday to take on TCU at 7:00.