Hawks Shade KSU on Buzzer Beater

The Iowa Men's basketball team improved to 6-1 on the season, beating Kansas State 65-63 on a Cyrus Tate basket as time expired Saturday. The Hawks took home third place honors in the Las Vegas Invitational tournament...

A few night's ago, Oakland Head Coach Greg Campe told the Iowa media that the Kansas State Wildcats were a better basketball team than the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Campe had lost by 19 at Kansas State, and was coming off of a nine-point loss at Carver Hawkeye, a game he felt his team let get away.

Iowa and Kansas State met up in the consolation game of the Las Vegas Invitational on Saturday night and the Hawkeyes emerged with a 65-63 win on a game winning shot by Cyrus Tate at the buzzer. Too bad 99.9999 percent of Hawkeye fans were unable to see the game, because it was not televised, but still, the Hawks knocked off a team from a high major conference while facing a great deal of adversity.

Iowa was coming off of a 19-point loss against West Virginia from the night before, a game that probably wasn't even as close as the final score would indicate. The Mountaineers had their way with the Hawkeyes and forced 21 turnovers, including 17 in the first half that sparked a 20-0 WVU run.

On Saturday, Iowa went on an early 13-3 run, led by as many as 13 points in the second half, lost the lead numerous times in the closing minutes in a see-saw affair, saw the game tied with :14 seconds remaining before Jake Kelly found Cyrus Tate under the basket at the buzzer.

The Hawkeyes had 11 turnovers, which was their average prior to Friday night's 21 turnover affair. Iowa held a 10-5 advantage on the offensive glass in the first half, but Kansas State attacked the boards in the second as the officials let the game get physical. That led to several second chance opportunities that the Wildcats cashed in on. For the game, KSU had 14 offensive boards to Iowa's 13.

Iowa's biggest advantage in this game came at the free throw line, where the Hawkeyes hit 26 of 37 charity shots to just 16 of 30 shooting for Kansas State. Jeff Peterson, who paced Iowa with 18 points, hit 11 of 12 shots from the line.

Cyrus Tate rebounded from a scoreless Friday to throw in 10 points along with seven rebounds. Jake Kelly scored nine, Jermain Davis eight and Aaron Fuller seven (and seven rebounds) for a balanced Iowa attack that was hampered by foul trouble and an off night from freshman guard Anthony Tucker.

Tucker scored just three points (along with seven rebounds) on the night on 1 of 11 shooting from the floor, including 1-7 from beyond the arc. It was the first time Tucker's brief seven game college career where he failed to score in double figures. Freshman Matt Gatens fouled out of his second straight game, and frosh Andrew Brommer joined him on the bench after collecting five fouls.

Iowa made just 16 field goals on the night, to Kansas State's 22. Iowa forced 16 Kansas State turnovers, and the Hawkeyes had six steals to two for the Wildcats.

This was by far the worst shooting night of the year for this young Iowa team, but it found a way to win after a very disappointing and humbling loss on Friday, something that will serve them well the rest of this season.

Iowa, who is off to a 6-1 start, will play at Boston College on Tuesday night in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

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