Matt Thomas Scores Career-High 25 in Iowa State Victory
By Henry Zimmerman
Ames, Ia. – Hot off a come-from-behind, double overtime win against the Oklahoma Sooners last Saturday, the Iowa State Men’s Basketball team got a taste of their own medicine against Kansas State on Tuesday night in a game that would eventually see them as victorious.
Iowa State got off to strong shooting performance early in the game, giving them a 17-point lead at the end of the first half. While the Cyclones as a whole shot well from the field, it was Matt Thomas who stole the show in the first half. He caught fire from beyond the arc, shooting 6 of 8 in the first half, which ultimately lead to a career high 25 points.
The Cyclones extended their lead to 20 at one point early in the second half, when Kansas State began to stage a comeback. With 12 minutes on the clock, the Wildcats developed a 19-3 run, taking the lead with five minutes left in the game.
Iowa State stayed true down the stretch; Prohm turned to his senior talent and their experience in order to close out the game. Deonte Burton answered the call and made several key plays on both sides of the ball that helped secure the win for Iowa State. He finished the game with nine points and six rebounds. Iowa State’s senior guards Monte Morris and Naz Mitrou-Long finished with 12 and 13 points respectively.
Iowa State will play their next game on Saturday in Nashville, Tennessee against the Vanderbilt Commodores.