Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg didn’t hesitate to give Kansas guard Elijah Johnson credit for his late-game heroics in KU's 108-96 overtime victory over ISU, saying he played “great.” By Jesse Newell• • Box score•KU coach Bill Self postgame audio
Bill Self’s 500th career coaching victory was one for the ages. By Gary Bedore• • Box score•KU coach Bill Self postgame audio
Kansas guards Elijah Johnson and Travis Releford talk after the Jayhawks' 108-96 overtime victory over Iowa State on Feb. 25, 2013.
Kansas coach Bill Self talks after his team's 108-96 overtime victory over Iowa State on Feb. 25, 2013.
Elijah Johnson, the guy who couldn’t shoot straight or dribble great for so much of the season, responded to a couple of “man-up” speeches by delivering a more clutch performance than any Kansas player since ... good question. A long, long time. By Tom Keegan• Box score• KU coach Bill Self postgame audio
Elijah Johnson scored a career-high 39 points on 13-for-22 shooting, willing KU to a 108-96 overtime victory over Iowa State on Monday night at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa.
Johnson scored KU's final eight points in regulation, including two free throws with 4.9 seconds left to tie the game at 90.
ISU's Korie Lucious missed a three-pointer at the buzzer that would have won it.
Johnson then scored seven of KU's first 10 points in overtime and had an assist on KU's other three points, a three from Travis Releford.
ISU lost despite making 17 of 41 threes (42 percent).
Releford added 19 points, while Kevin Young and Jeff Withey added 13 each.
The loss was ISU's first at Hilton this season.
KU (24-4, 12-3 Big 12) will play host to West Virginia at 1 p.m. Saturday.