Hawkeyes Hold Off Kansas State in Las Vegas Invitational

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Nov. 29, 2008

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LAS VEGAS (AP) – Cyrus Tate’s layup at the buzzer lifted Iowa over Kansas State 65-63 in the third-place game of the Las Vegas Invitational on Saturday.

Tate, who had 10 points and seven rebounds, converted an uncontested layup on the left side beating the final horn after receiving a heads-up feed from Jake Kelly. Also for Iowa (6-1), Jeff Peterson led with 18 points and six assists. He also went 11-of-12 from the free-throw line.

Iowa also got nine points from Kelly and eight from Jermaine Davis. Peterson also had a game-high six assists

Prior to Tate’s layup, Kansas State’s Jamar Samuels, who scored 13 points, converted a layup with seven seconds to tie it after the Wildcats trailed by as many as 13 points in the second half. Jacob Pullen led Kansas State (5-2) with a game-high 22 points.

Iowa never trailed in the first half, once building a 13-point advantage, before leading 36-25 at halftime. After the Wildcats made their second-half run of 24-10, there were eight lead changes and five ties.

The victory gave Iowa a 3-1 record in the 2008 Las Vegas Invitational and momentum heading into their next contest, a date Tuesday night against Boston College in Boston in the 2008 Big Ten-ACC Challenge. Iowa will then return home for three straight games in Carver-Hawkeye Arena: Dec. 5 against Bryant, Dec. 9 against Northern Iowa and Dec. 12 against Iowa State in the annual Hy-Vee Cy-Hawk Series game.