K-State overcomes 15-point 2nd-half hole, wins in OT, 75-69

Feb 12, 2022, 1:50 AM | Updated: 4:00 pm
Kansas State guard Markquis Nowell (1) drives to the basket ahead of Iowa State guard Gabe Kalscheu...

Kansas State guard Markquis Nowell (1) drives to the basket ahead of Iowa State guard Gabe Kalscheur (22) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 12, 2022, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Markquis Nowell scored five of his 16 points in overtime and Kansas State rallied from a 15-point second-half deficit to beat Iowa State 75-69 on Saturday.

Nowell made three 3-pointers and had six assists. Nijel Pack made four 3-pointers and scored 19 points. Mark Smith added 15 points and nine rebounds and Ismael Massoud scored 11 points for the Wildcats (13-11, 5-7 Big 12).

Izaiah Brockington scored 27 points with seven rebounds to lead the Cyclones (16-,9 3-9), who have lost four straight. Washington State transfer Aljaz Kunc made his first start for Iowa State and made five 3-pointers, scoring 16 of his 19 points in the first half.

Nowell, who had a 3-pointer blocked at the end of regulation, tied the game with 2:13 left in overtime to kick off a 9-0 run that included a 3 by the Little Rock transfer. Brockington hit a 3-pointer with 18 seconds left to get the Cyclones back within four, but Massoud capped the win with a dunk.

A Brockington 3-pointer to open the second half extended Iowa State’s lead to 15. Kansas State made a couple of runs to cut the deficit to single digits before taking its first lead at 60-58 on a 12-0 burst capped by a Moussoud bucket with four minutes to go.

It was 63-all after Pack hit a 3-pointer with 2:26 left. Those were the final points scored in regulation.

Kunc hit a trio of 3-pointers in a game-opening 13-0 Iowa State run. Five straight 3-pointers by the Wildcats with two apiece from Nowell and Pack, brought them back to within four with five minutes left in the half. Iowa State replied by ending the half on a 10-2 run, which Gabe Kalscheur started with a 3-pointer, to lead 40-28.

The teams will play again at Kansas State on Feb. 26. The Wildcats have won four straight in the series.

Kansas State is host to West Virginia on Monday. Iowa State is at TCU on Tuesday.


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