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Kansas defeats Iowa State, 92-81

  • 8 p.m., Jan. 29, 2014
  • Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, KS

FINAL: Kansas 92, Iowa State 81

By Matt Tait --- mtait@ljworld.com ---

In the beginning, it looked like it might be easy, as the Jayhawks built a 16-point lead 10 minutes into the game and had everything clicking.

In the end, though, Iowa State refused to go away and made Kansas fight for a 92-81 victory at Allen Fieldhouse.

Andrew Wiggins was by far the star of the game, as he poured in a career-high 29 points and exploded for six straight points around the 3:00-mark to push a slim 75-72 KU lead to 81-72 with 2:47 to play.

Wiggins, who made 10 of 16 shots, including 4 of 6 from three-point range, had 12 points in the first half and finished with seven rebounds.

Not far behind him was the offensive output of Perry Ellis, who finished with 20 points after dropping 15 in the first half.

Naadir Tharpe also added 12 points, 12 assists and 6 rebounds, despite shooting just 3-of-7 from the floor.

The victory, Kansas' seventh in a row, improves KU to 16-4 overall and 7-0 in Big 12 play. Iowa State falls to 15-4 and 3-4 in Big 12 games.

Here’s a quick look back at some of Wednesday's action:

• The game turned when: KU responded to the Cyclones' tying the game on the first possession of the second half with an 11-0 run. Wiggins had five, Selden three and Ellis two during the stretch that allowed Kansas to maintain its lead throughout the second half.

• Offensive highlight: After a missed jumper by Kansas on a second-chance opportunity midway through the first half, Wayne Selden made sure there was a third opportunity on the trip when he swooped in and stole an offensive rebound behind the Cyclones and flipped it to Ellis for the easy bucket. It was a bang-bang-bang sort of play, and one that showed that the Jayhawks were playing at least a step ahead of the Cyclones from the jump.

• Defensive highlight: With 17:45 to play in the first half and Iowa State still trying to find its rhythm, the Cyclones had a two-on-one fast break that looked destined to become easy points. But when Naz Long floated an alley-oop pass to the rim from just outside the paint, he must not have expected KU's Wayne Selden to intercept the pass. Selden did, though, racing back from mid-court to swipe the lob out of mid-air. You don't see that every day. Another highlight belonged to Landen Lucas, who barely had to jump but got his hand just in the right spot to knock away a layup try by Iowa State's Dustin Hogue midway through the first half.

• Key stat: Second-chance points. Sparked by six offensive rebounds in the first few minutes of the game, the Jayhawks outscored ISU 19-4 in second-chance points, a huge stat when you consider how tight this thing was down the stretch. Runner-up tonight would have to be KU out-shooting the Cyclones from three-point land again. KU hit 10 of 22 for the game (45 percent) and ISU knocked in 10 of 25 (39 percent).

• Up next: The Jayhawks will head out onto the road for the next two games, starting with Saturday's 3 p.m. tip-off at Texas. After that, they'll play Baylor at 6 p.m. on Feb. 4 before returning home to face West Virginia at 3 p.m. on Feb. 8.

Box score

Join the post game discussion

Rodney Crain

See u next game ALL

Rodney Crain in reply to Bill Jacobson

btw Ben your picture looks just like me when I was like 6, crazy lol

Pam McCormick in reply to Bill Jacobson

He hurt his knee in a fall according to the announcers

Rodney Crain in reply to Bill Jacobson

Bill Ben said he was on bench not dressed

Rodney Crain in reply to Melrank

we lol we dont talk when the game is live.... she in one room screaming me in another funny

Bryce Landon

This win allows us to stay 1-1/2 games ahead of the Sooners in the Big 12 standings.

Bill Jacobson

Anyone know why Frankamp was in street closthes?

Melrank in reply to Rodney Crain

Chuckle - if you have a GF and she's still up with you watching the game, keep her!

Rodney Crain

LJW guys thank you, Kisses all around. Sorry GF talking to me... strike that.... Thank you guys!

Zabudda in reply to Chuck Wagstaff

Goodnight Professor

Melrank

Justin Bieber - LOL

Chuck Wagstaff

See ya Saturday

Melrank

Good Win - fun time - thanks to everyone for making it a great night - especially you LJW dudes!

Rodney Crain in reply to Melrank

LOL I always just guess Justin Bieber

Zabudda

They tested our toughness and it was GAME OVER.

Melrank

ROCK CHALK

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Rodney Crain

AZ up by 3 with 13 to go

Rodney Crain

Pleasure doing business with everyone.

Jhwkr542

All starters in double digits

Brian Powell

Rock Chalk

Rodney Crain

7-0 Nice guys way to battle all game.

FINAL
Iowa State 81
Kansas 92

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

00:00 left in Second Half
Iowa State 81
Kansas 92

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Chuck Wagstaff

7 - 0

Melrank

I'm getting old. I had to ask my son who that punk was taking to our bench.

Rodney Crain in reply to Brian Powell

:)

00:21 left in Second Half
Iowa State 79
Kansas 92

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Brian Powell in reply to Rodney Crain

lol.. that pic is probably 4 years old now. Turned 36.

Jhwkr542

Does that make us 7-8 on FTs down that stretch? That's nice

Melrank

FASHIONABLE

00:25 left in Second Half
Iowa State 79
Kansas 90

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Tharpe has tied his career high with 12 assists tonight.

Bryce Landon

Bob Davis sounds like Roy Williams firing off a "dadgum" in there.

Rodney Crain in reply to Brian Powell

Hbday you picture looks like u are 27???

Chuck Wagstaff

way

Lex Valdez

going for over 30

Chuck Wagstaff

Gotta figure out a wa to get Wig 3 boards this trip

Rodney Crain

3 possession game is all

Melrank

I want 30. Give it to Andrew!

Jhwkr542

Man, good D on that 3 too by Traylor

00:34 left in Second Half
Iowa State 79
Kansas 88

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Melrank

New career high!

00:45 left in Second Half
Iowa State 76
Kansas 88

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Matt Tait KUsports.com staff

New career-high for Wiggins (29 points). What a night, start to finish.

Mojayhawk

just might hit 30

Melrank in reply to Zabudda

Right on!

Mojayhawk in reply to Zabudda

growing up

Melrank

Ladies and Gentlemen: We are good!

Chuck Wagstaff

Tharpe 10/12 (asst)

Zabudda

Heady play to take it back out by Selden

Jhwkr542

Moving on to other games, 'zona up 3 now with 45 secs left

Chuck Wagstaff

Jojo 14/11

Brian Powell

Way to close out the W, guys! Nice b'day present to me :) :)

Also the state of Kansas' birthday as well --- nice little win for KU.

Bryan Swan

Rooooooooooooooooock Chaaaaaaaaaaaaalk! Jaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayhawk! KKKKKKKKKK UUUUUUUUUU!

Melrank

YES. SUPER SMART PLAY RIGHT THERE BOYS!

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

No idea how Embiid got that outlet pass to work off the defensive board, but it did.

Melrank

MR. CONFIDENCE

Bryce Landon

Finish them off!

Rodney Crain in reply to Benton Smith

yes, they are going to make us earn it thats for sure.

01:07 left in Second Half
Iowa State 76
Kansas 86

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Bwag

That would have been dunk and foul if Ellis had passed to Embiid.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Harris looked at Hoiberg and asked, "Foul?" That'll be the case for the last minute-plus here.

Melrank

FT shooting contest now.

Lex Valdez

we got this one!

Jhwkr542

It is such a HUGE luxury to have a 7 footer that can make FTs

Melrank

Embiid

01:24 left in Second Half
Iowa State 76
Kansas 84

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Zabudda

Monster

Melrank

Even Self thought that was impressive.

Bwag in reply to Melrank

Yeah 12 on each at this point

Jhwkr542

FT game right now

Chuck Wagstaff

We have the poss. arrow

Bryan Swan

Make em earn it guys and work that clock...Go Hawks!!!

01:49 left in Second Half
Iowa State 76
Kansas 82

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Melrank

Wow - don't see that call in this situation.

Bwag in reply to Bwag

Embiid

Jhwkr542

BS foul right there...very little contact

Bwag

Embodied and Ellis need some chemistry

Tom Keegan

Embiid looked very smooth kicking the basketball like soccer ball after whistle.

02:04 left in Second Half
Iowa State 75
Kansas 82

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Jhwkr542

Oh god, FTs...I'm changing the channel

Bwag

3 offensive rebounds the difference?

Melrank

Good job, Selden

Bryce Landon

Gotta make these FTs

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Niang basically had a pre-game warmup 3 there in the corner. In rhythm, no way he misses it.

Chuck Wagstaff in reply to Lindhawk

27 pts 7 reb

Brian Powell

%&&^@$#%

Rodney Crain

unreal

Lex Valdez

wooooooo rock chalk

Jhwkr542 in reply to Lindhawk

27

Melrank

Canada Flag He's on FIRE

Lindhawk

How many for wiggins

Jhwkr542

ISU has gotten Kane a free layup out of a lot of their timeouts

Rodney Crain

nice response, still alot of time

Chuck Wagstaff

Wiggins, Jojo, & Tharpe all close to double-doubles

02:49 left in Second Half
Iowa State 72
Kansas 81

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Melrank

I WANT 30

Jhwkr542

Is that 3 steals in 3 straight possessions on D?

Brian Powell

6 points in 10 seconds??

Bryan Swan

Make that a 6 point play! WIGGS!!!!!!!!!!!

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