Saturday, January 31, 2004

ISU upsets KU, 68-61

Cyclones now 12-0 at home this season


Iowa State ran its home record to 12-0 this season at the expense of Kansas University on Saturday, winning 68-61 at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa.

KU led by eight points, 29-21, at halftime, but the Cyclones outscored the Jayhawks, 47-32, in the second half, hitting 61 percent of their shots and leading by as many as 10 points.

Both teams started slow, taking nearly two minutes before scoring. Jared Homan finally hit a jumper for ISU, and Keith Langford answered with a basket nearly a minute later.

Langford and ISU's Jake Sullivan traded three-pointers over the next three minutes, with each hitting a pair of shots from long range. Those were Sullivan's only three-pointers of the first half, as he finished 2-of-9 shooting from long distance before intermission.

The Cyclones took a 10-8 lead on free throws by Damion Staple, but the Jayhawks (13-4 overall, 5-1 Big 12 Conference) regained the lead with an 19-6 run that included two three-pointers by J.R. Giddens. Iowa State closed to within eight points, 29-21, at halftime.

Iowa State (13-4, 4-2) started the second half strong, cutting KU's lead to just a point on another three-pointer by Sullivan five minutes in. A minute and a half later, Jackson Vroman tied the game, 40-all, with an old-fashioned three-point play and Curtis Stinson gave the Cyclones the lead with a basket a moment later.

Stinson scored two more baskets for ISU before Homan had six straight points as the Cyclones stayed ahead of the Jayhawks over the next four and a half minutes and led 52-49 with eight minutes left.

The Cyclones then went on a 10-4 run that included two more three-pointers by Sullivan, but KU closed to within three points, 64-61, with just less than two minutes remaining, but Stinson hit a jumper and Sullivan closed out the game with a pair of free throws.

Langford had 20 points and seven rebounds for KU, and Wayne Simien had 11 points and five rebounds. Giddens had nine points, and David Padgett had eight points, seven boards and four blocks.

Jeff Graves scored five points and grabbed seven rebounds, and Michael Lee had five points. Aaron Miles had three points and 11 assists.

Sullivan scored 17 points for ISU, and Homan had 12 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks. Stinson had 19 points and 11 boards, and Vroman had 12 points and seven rebounds.

Will Blalock had two points and 11 assists, Marcus Jefferson scored two points, and Staple scored four points

Kansas was 23-of-62 shooting, 8-of-22 shooting from long distance, and 7-of-10 from the charity stripe. Iowa State was 27-of-66 shooting, 5-of-16 shooting from three-point range, and 9-of-14 from the foul line.

The Cyclones outrebounded the Jayhawks, 45-39, and had two fewer turnovers, 12-10.

All stats are unofficial.

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