AMES – Iowa State basketball aimed to further dampen spirits in the Sunflower State this week.

The 18th-ranked Cyclones secured a notable 79-75 win against No. 8 Kansas on Saturday afternoon, maintaining their flawless record for the week and within Hilton Coliseum this season.

Iowa State (16-4, 5-2 Big 12) clinched their second victory of the week against their southwestern rivals. Earlier in the week, the Cyclones secured a win against Kansas State, albeit amidst some controversy, on Wednesday.

The two wins firmly place Iowa State in contention for the Big 12 title, positioning them well as they approach the midpoint of the conference schedule. Currently, Texas Tech leads the pack with just one loss in the league.

"Our goal is to be at the top of the Big 12," stated Cyclone point guard Tamin Lipsey. "That's what we strive for every single day."

"That's been our focus since the summer. We've dedicated countless hours to training in the gym and bonding off the court as a team."

Following a 15-point victory over the Jayhawks at Hilton Coliseum a year ago, Saturday's win marked the first instance of Iowa State securing consecutive home victories against Kansas since 2015 and 2016.

Iowa State's performance was lifted by one of its strongest displays of 3-point shooting this season.

The Cyclones achieved a season-high by sinking 14 shots from beyond the arc, surpassing their previous records of 10 against both Eastern Illinois and Florida A&M in non-conference play.

Cyclone forward Tre King, previously 3-of-16 from 3-point range, converted 4-of-7 attempts from deep, contributing to his total of 21 points in the game.

Keshon Gilbert contributed 16 points for the Cyclones, while Lipsey recorded eight assists.

Iowa State held a lead of up to 12 points in the second half, but Kansas managed to narrow the gap to just two points in the final minute.