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Kansas State 65, Iowa State 50

Final - 2.3.2009 1 2 Total
Iowa St. Cyclones 22 28 50
Kansas St. Wildcats 27 38 65

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For about ten minutes tonight, we didn't look like the last place team in the conference. The shots were falling and the defense looked good. Unfortunately, inevitability caught up with us, and Kansas State outran us at the end. The Clones began the game 4-5 from the field and ended 14-50. That simply cannot happen.

Coming into tonight's game, I said that Kansas State was a very balanced team (and four guys with 10+ points), and that we'd need to show the same balance to beat them. Despite a great performance off the bench by Jamie Vanderbeken, who matched Craig Brackins with 14 points, we got an average of five points out of every other starter (weird, huh). 

As games progress, the talent gap becomes more and more evident. Sean Haluska was the only bench player other than Vanderbeken to score, and anyone who watched the game wouldn't exactly say those were a gritty, well-fought two points.

Oh well, Saturday is another chance to move out of last place. Can we follow through? Maybe.