It wasn’t a typical Kansas-Iowa State matchup in Ames, Iowa.
After years of tightly-contested battles between Big 12 foes, the first such matchup of the new decade was anything but that. No. 3 Kansas overwhelmed Iowa State from start to finish in its 79-53 win Wednesday night in Hilton Coliseum.
It marks the first time that the Jayhawks (12-2, 2-0 Big 12) have defeated the Cyclones (7-7, 0-2) by double digits in their own building since a 12-point win in 2013. The last time KU won by at least 20 at ISU was an 89-66 victory on Feb. 12, 2011.
At least early on, the two teams went back-and-forth and the score was tied at 17-17 at the 13:33 mark. Kansas center Udoka Azubuike then gifted the Jayhawks a lead that they wouldn’t relinquish with a slam off an assist by David McCormack.
Kansas, which never trailed at any point in its first conference game away from home, proceeded to close the first half on a 21-3 run to take a 46-26 advantage by intermission. And the game was really never in doubt after that.
Four players scored in double figures for Kansas. Sophomore point guard Devon Dotson led the team with 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting. Sophomores Ochai Agbaji and David McCormack each added 16 points. Azubuike finished with 10 points in the win.
Junior Marcus Garrett tweaked his ankle in the first half, but ultimately returned to action.
Kansas will play host to No. 4 Baylor at 12 p.m. Saturday.