Same formula in win at K-State with some mental toughness added in


Really, the formula in Iowa State’s huge men’s basketball victory at Kansas State was similar to what it has been for much of the league season.

Royce White controlled play on the way to nine points, 12 rebounds, seven assists and three steals.

A shooter – this time it was Scott Christopherson – went off. Christopherson nailed all five of his three-point attempts and scored 29 points.

Lastly, Chris Babb shut down the opposition’s top scorer. K-State’s Rodney McGruder made just 3-11 shots vs. Babb (two of his makes were uncontested lay-ins).

White, at least one hot shooter and Babb’s defense have been the consistent ingredients most of the Big 12 season.

There was also a mental toughness shown by the Cyclones and in a road game to boot. A 20-1 run by K-State reversed a solid ISU lead and put Fred Hoiberg’s club into comeback mode.

“Today, we kept our composure and had good resiliency,” Hoiberg said. “That shows the growth of our group to play through a run like that.”

Each time out these Cyclones seem to get a bit better. That’s what happens as teams gain confidence.

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