Cyclones Pull Away in Second Half to Beat Kansas State

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AMES, Iowa -- The Cyclones used a big second-half run to bounce back on Saturday and pick up their 20th win of the season.

No. 17 Iowa State (20-9, 9-7) was able to sweep the season series against Kansas State (15-14, 4-12) by winning 80-61 at Hilton Coliseum. The Cyclones continued their recent stretch of alternating between wins and losses as they're now 4-4 in their last eight games. 

Jameel McKay played a nice floor game for the Cyclones and looked far more energetic as he posted 14 points, 17 rebounds and two blocks. Matt Thomas led Iowa State in scoring with 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field while also hitting 5-of-8 from behind the arc.

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With just over 15 minutes left, Iowa State made a game-changing run and opened up a solid lead. As the teams were tied at 39, the much-improved Thomas hit back-to-back corner 3-pointers before Hallice Cooke chipped in a deep ball to give the Cyclones a 48-39 advantage.

Steve Prohm's team wouldn't look back as they finished off the Wildcats easily to get back in the win column. The Cyclones finished the matchup with a 21-11 advantage in assists and hit 54.7 percent of their shots from the field compared to the Wildcats making just 40.7 percent.

To end the first half, Monte Morris hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Cyclones a 31-30 lead despite the team's nine turnovers. McKay played very well off the bench in the first 20 minutes, posting six points, nine rebounds and two blocks.

The Cyclones outscored the Wildcats 49-31 in the deciding second half.

Iowa State will play their final home game of the regular season on Monday when they take on Oklahoma State.