No. 12 Iowa State staves off No. 5 Kansas State

Jaren Holmes scored 23 points — including nine straight during a key second-half stretch — and Gabe Kalscheur added 19 points to boost No. 12 Iowa State to an 80-76 victory against visiting No. 5 Kansas State on Tuesday night in Ames, Iowa.Holmes had 18 points after halftime and was 8-for-11 from the floor overall to help the Cyclones finish at 57.1 percent. Iowa State (15-4, 6-2 Big 12) led by 10 points midway through the second half before holding on.Ismael Massoud’s 3-pointer brought the Wildcats within two points with 4:06 to go, but the Cyclones found enough answers down the stretch. Caleb Grill hit a pair of free throws with 10 seconds left but fouled the Wildcats’ Markquis Nowell on a 3-pointer moments later, and Nowell made all three free throws.A pair of Holmes free throws with one second left accounted for the final margin.Osun Osunniyi scored 16 points for Iowa State while Tamin Lipsey had 10 points and a team-best six rebounds. Holmes added seven assists.Nowell paced Kansas State with 23 points, including a 4-for-5 effort from deep. Cam Carter (15 points), Keyontae Johnson (15) and Massoud (13) followed in double figures. Johnson added 10 rebounds to notch a double-double, and Nowell was just shy of the feat, collecting nine assists.