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After a disheartening loss to Texas Tech, Iowa State point guard Korie Lucious called a players-only meeting Friday designed to rally the Cyclones. Iowa State responded to its worst loss with its best win of the season. Will Clyburn had 24 points and 10 rebounds and Iowa State beat No. 11 Kansas State 73-67 on Saturday, handing the Wildcats their second straight defeat after a 15-2 start. Freshman Georges Niang added 15 points for the Cyclones (14-5, 4-2 Big 12), who beat a ranked opponent for the first time in 2012-13. Rodney McGruder broke free for a dunk to get the Wildcats within 70-67 with 48.5 seconds left. But Lucious - who gathered his team for a crucial meeting at their practice facility - answered with a high-arching layup off the glass to make it a two-score game with 20 seconds left. ''Big leadership point for Korie Lucious. He called us out,'' Niang said. ''He just told us if we play the way we know how to play, we're a tough team to beat.'' Will Spradlin had 15 p...
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