Wildcats Rally on Road Again
AMES, Iowa - On a cold, snowy day in Iowa it was Denis Clemente who was hot.
Clement dropped 30 points on the Iowa State Cyclones (13-10, 2-6 Big 12) en route to yet another road win in Big 12 Conference play as the Wildcats were victorious 79-75 for the fourth straight time in Ames and eighth in a row over the Cyclones.
Kansas State (19-4, 6-3) struggled to find a rhythm on offense in the first half as Iowa State's Craig Brackins dominated the first 20 minutes of the contest. Iowa State held a 35-31 lead at the break.
In the second half, K-State found a way to slow Brackins while the Clemente, Jacob Pullen and Curtis Kelly gained steam. Pullen had his stroke firing against the Cyclones as well adding 15 points in the win, and Kelly notched 15 points and five rebounds.
It was Clemente, however, who was on fire. Clemente scored 18 of his 30 points from beyond the arc shooting an impressive 6-of-8 from 3. He also hit all six of his free throws on the day.
K-State would extend its lead to 12 points with 4:30 to play in the second half before the Cyclones would make a late charge in the closing minutes to make it interesting. Iowa State even stole the ball on an inbounds play in the final 30 seconds and got a shot off to possibly make it a one-point ballgame. The shot missed, however, and the Wildcats would recover the rebound and let time expire.
The win is K-State's fourth road win in Big 12 play this season where road wins have been hard to come by all season. Big 12 teams have protected their home court more than any conference in the nation this year.
K-State returns home for a small homestand with Colorado and Nebraska coming to Bramlage Coliseum. The Wildcats will take on the Buffaloes at 5 p.m. next Saturday with a mid-week bye scheduled. After opening Big 12 play with a road loss at Missouri, the Wildcats have now beaten Colorado, No. 20 Baylor, Nebraska and Iowa State in succession on the road.