AMES, Iowa (AP) -- Jacob Pullen scored 19 points, one shy of his career high, and Kansas State snapped a five-game road losing streak by holding off Iowa State, 73-69 on Saturday.
Freshman star Michael Beasley battled through foul trouble and scored 15 points -- his lowest output in conference play -- for the Wildcats (20-10, 10-6 Big 12), who will be the No. 3 seed in next week's Big 12 tournament.After trailing by as much as 14 midway through the second half, Iowa State got the ball with the shot clock off, down 71-68. Diante Garrett missed a jumper and Bill Walker grabbed the rebound, but he missed the front-end of a one-and-one. Kansas State fouled Garrett with 2.5 seconds left, choosing to send him to the line rather than risk a game-tying 3. That forced Garrett, who made the first one, to miss his second and hope for a lucky bounce.It didn't work, as Beasley grabbed the rebound and hit both free throws to seal the win. The victory gave Kansas State 20 wins in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1986-87 and 1987-88.Craig Brackins scored a game-high 24 points to lead Iowa State (14-17, 4-12), who finished the regular season by losing 11 of its last 13 games.Beasley picked up his third foul with 14:39 left and went to the bench. Iowa State took advantage, cutting Kansas State's lead to 54-48 on a 3 by Wesley Johnson. By the time Beasley re-entered the game, the Wildcats had taken their largest lead, 62-48, on a jumper by Dominique Sutton.But Beasley picked up his fourth foul with 8:19 to go and went back to the pine. The Cyclones cut Kansas State's lead to 63-58 on a 3-point play from Brackins that got the crowd back in the game, and coach Frank Martin sent Beasley back on the floor with 5:25 left.Beasley struggled early, missing five of his first six shots. He warmed up midway through the first half, following up a 3-point play with two quick jumpers to put the Wildcats ahead 33-26. Pullen drilled two 3s late in the first half to push Kansas State's lead to 42-33 by halftime.The Wildcats went 8-of-26 from 3-point range after attempting just 15 3s in a win over Colorado on Tuesday.Beasley, who had nine rebounds, torched Iowa State for 33 points and 15 rebounds in their first meeting, an 82-57 Kansas State win back on Jan. 26. But foul trouble limited him to just 12 minutes in the second half and his 10-game double-double streak came to an end.