• Fanatics -

    Thank you for your patience today and welcome to the newest version of Cyclone Fanatic!

    Most of the changes we have made are very simple, but will greatly improve your user experience while visiting the website.

    We have upgraded our forum software to speed things up. Our homepage is much cleaner and should be even more mobile friendly than before.

    We appreciate your loyalty and are committed to not only keeping Cyclone Fanatic in tip-top shape, but continuing to build this community for the next decade and beyond.

    We ask that if you are experiences any glitches to let us know in this thread . Will will be diligently working on the site all day.

    Thanks again.

    Chris Williams - Publisher

WILLIAMS: Five takeaways from ISU’s win in Manhattan

Feb 15, 2017; Manhattan, KS, USA; Iowa State Cyclones head coach Steve Prohm watches the action during a game against the Kansas State Wildcats at Fred Bramlage Coliseum. The Cyclones won the game, 87-79. Mandatory Credit: Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

Solomon Young was great.

But there were other bright spots from Iowa State’s (16-9, 8-5) 87-79 win over Kansas State (16-10, 5-8) on Wednesday night. Here are five additional takeaways.

A fast start on the road

This is what plagued Iowa State in its most recent road game, last Tuesday’s two-point loss to Texas. Iowa State jumped out to an early 19-point lead, which forced Kansas State to be in catch-up mode the rest of the way.

Staved off the K-State run

Weird stat: Iowa State led Kansas State 43-26 at halftime when these two teams met on Jan. 24. Of course, the Wildcats eventually took the lead in the second half of that game in Ames that the Cyclones found a way to grind out.

Halftime of this one: 42-26, Iowa State.

From the fans on Twitter to the team in the locker room, everybody knew that Kansas State had a run in them.

“The message in the locker room was that they were going to get hot at some point,” Naz Mitrou-Long, who had 16 points, told the Cyclone Radio Network after the game. “It was all about how we would respond and we did a great job of that tonight.”

Kansas State chipped away for a good 10-minute stretch in the second half but never pulled the game closer to within six.

“We went through a stretch where it got sloppy. Some bad offense,” Steve Prohm said. “We pushed it back out and went to another stretch and it got back to eight. I credit these guys for sticking with it and finishing the game because this isn’t an easy place to play.”

Iowa State made 22-of-26 free throws too, which iced the game away down the stretch.

WILLIAMS: How Solomon Young changes Iowa State’s outlook

Seniors making big plays

I give a lot of credit to Iowa State’s seniors. February and March is when experience pays off the most, especially in the backcourt.

I’ll get to Deonte Burton in a moment, but Matt Thomas hit two clutch threes down the stretch to stop Kansas State runs.

Monte Morris did Monte Morris things in the game’s final moments while Mitrou-Long’s leadership refused to let this team blow a 19-point lead.

INSTANT REACTION PODCAST: Iowa State 87, Kansas State 79

Deonte Burton’s consistency

I brought this up to Prohm during his Monday press conference this week and Deonte Burton’s 17 point (6-for-10), six rebound outing was very refreshing.

These days, is Deonte, dare I say, consistent?

“I thought today that he was really under control,” Prohm said. “He made big plays, defended. I think all of these guys understand that it’s winning time.”

Put it all together

Steve Prohm’s new challenge to his team:

“We haven’t played back-to-back full games in a week together,” Prohm said. “We have to go home and we have to play well because we have a really good team that we are going against.”

Iowa State will host TCU, which lost narrowly to Oklahoma State on Wednesday night, on Saturday at 5 p.m. (ESPNNews).