By: Brett Bachelor
The Cats were able to overcome the No. 12 Iowa State Cyclones 70-69 just five days after defeating the No.8 Kansas Jayhawks at the Octagon of Doom. Though K-State trailed the Cyclones the majority of the game, they were still able to rally and end up with the victory. Nigel Johnson led the Cats in scoring with 17 points. Wesley Iwundu added 11 points and also a game-saving steal on an inbound pass from Georges Niang, which led to a dunk, to put the cats ahead.
Halftime Thoughts: The Cats trailed 40-33 at half after a great 3-point shooting half from the Cyclones. However, K-State was still able to go into the half with some momentum and come out strong for the second half.
Player of the Game: While some may argue that Iwundu deserves this, I believe it truly belongs to Johnson after his second big game performance in a row. He led the Cats with 17 points and there is no way the Cats could have won this game without him.
Game Defining Moment: As the Cats held Iowa State to 0 points in the last 29 seconds of the game, Iwundu gets a clutch inbound pass steal from Niang and takes it to the hole for a powerful dunk to get the crowd pumped up with 15 seconds remaining in regulation.
Up Next: It has been an exciting week for Wildcat basketball fans, unfortunately the Big 12 tournament hopes are still very doubtful. All they can think about now is finishing out the season strong with a win over Texas on March 7th and then a deep run in the Big 12 tournament.