Ames, Iowa Relief or happiness?
"A little of both," Kansas junior guard Kirk Hinrich said after the Jayhawks' 88-81 basketball victory over Iowa State on Wednesday night at Hilton Coliseum.
It marked the Sioux City, Iowa, native's first win against Iowa State. He had dropped four straight games to the Cyclones, including two at Hilton Coliseum. He also lost a game at Iowa his freshman year.
"It feels great. The frustration of not being able to beat 'em the last couple of years was there," said Hinrich, who collected 12 points, nine assists and two turnovers in 38 minutes.
"It's a big conference road win and is fun to come back to my home state and win."
The fans booed Hinrich and Iowa Falls junior Nick Collison in pregame warmups.
"Now they are even madder," Hinrich said with a grin. He had an assist on Jeff Boschee's tie-breaking three-pointer with :36 left and iced two free throws at :20.7 to put away the pesky Cyclones.
Meanwhile, Collison also had a big game, scoring 16 points and grabbing 10 boards.
"It's really a good win for our team, obviously. For me it's almost a relief," Collison said. "I'm relieved to get them here. It's a tough place to play. It's a big win for us to play well against a tough defense like that.
"They kept coming and coming," Collison said of the Cyclones, who battled back from a game-high deficit of 12 points in the second half. "I knew they would after what happened at Kansas State."
The Cyclones were coming off a blowout loss last Saturday at KSU.
"To not win against Iowa teams in five games (0-4 against Iowa State and 0-1 against Iowa) it was a big game," Collison said.
The Jayhawks wanted to win for the Iowans.
"Most definitely to have them come home and finally get bragging rights was a big focus of our team," said freshman forward Wayne Simien, who had six points and two boards in seven foul-plagued minutes. "I seem to have hit somewhat of a freshman brick wall and the coaches are keeping me motivated trying to make sure I fight my way through it."
"I was cramping. My foot and toes were curled up," Hinrich said of a foot cramp.
"It was a rock-the-cradle, rock-the-town, Richtown-funk dunk," said Gooden, a native of Richmond, Calif.
"Sullivan and Power surprised us. To be honest with you they really don't have any business playing Div. I basketball and they're out there killing us," Chenowith said of ISU guards Sullivan and Shane Power, who combined for 40 points.
"Physically look at Sullivan He goes out there and kills us every night. But if I were a coach I'd want them on my team."
Asked to comment again on Chenowith's comment, the 6-foot-1, 190 pound Sullivan said Tuesday: "He was trying to mean it as a compliment I'm sure. It just came out wrong."
Actually Chenowith did mean it as a compliment, but that of course, is old news.