Saturday, February 4, 2017

Cyclones topple No. 3 Kansas in overtime

Kansas guard Frank Mason III (0) drives against Iowa State guard Nick Weiler-Babb (1) during the first half, Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Frank Mason III (0) drives against Iowa State guard Nick Weiler-Babb (1) during the first half, Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 at Allen Fieldhouse.


Iowa State, like many teams that have encountered Kansas this season, had trouble stopping senior point guard Frank Mason III, Saturday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse.

But Cyclones veterans Monte’ Morris, Deonte Burton and Naz Mitrou-Long shot ISU past the defending Big 12 champions, despite a woeful first half of defense and trailing by as many as 15 points.

The trio combined for 76 points and 16-for-26 3-point shooting to topple the Jayhawks, 92-89, in overtime.

KU’s gutsy 5-foot-10 dynamo, Mason scored a career-best 32 points against the Cyclones (14-8 overall, 6-4 Big 12), and didn’t miss a shot from the floor until his potential game-winner at the end of regulation rimmed out.

ISU kept Mason scoreless for the five minutes of overtime and ended KU’s 54-game home-court winning streak.

Burton nailed seven 3-pointers, and scored 29 points. Morris added 25 points and seven assists. Long put up 25 more points and shot 6-for-11 from 3.

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

• The game turned when: Kansas sputtered in overtime.

KU (20-3 overall, 8-2 Big 12) missed its first four shots of the extra period and turned it over twice before Svi Mykhailiuk scored a layup for the Jayhawks’ first field goal of OT. But Iowa State already had built a five-point lead before that.

Baskets from Morris and Burton (his seventh 3) made the difference in the extra period for the visitors, and then Donovan Jackson provided the dagger — a wide-open 3 from the right corner with 0:28 left in OT, putting KU in a four-point hole.

• Offensive highlight: Sophomore Lagerald Vick had his most productive offensive game since Kansas beat ISU, Jan. 16, in Ames, Iowa. And his most memorable two points came via a heads-up play by the 6-foot-5 sophomore wing.

Vick, spotting up on the left wing, zeroed in on a deflected pass headed toward the baseline and capitalized. He met the loose ball on the bounce and drove hard from the left baseline for a high-rising, two-handed jam.

The sophomore sixth man scored another easy — for him at least — two points courtesy of a baseline jam in the second half, when Josh Jackson slung a bounce pass ISU had no chance of stopping as Vick cut backdoor.

After scoring two points combined in his previous two games, Vick finished with eight points off the bench.

• Defensive highlight: With the game tied at 82 and less than 30 seconds to play in regulation, Morris barely missed a floater and Burton was in perfect position for a put-back that would’ve given ISU the lead.

However, Jackson out-jumped the Cyclones’ star big man and knocked the ball against the back board, setting up a rebound for Mykhailiuk and a must-have KU stop.

• Key stat: Turnovers. KU coughed it up 21 times in a rare home setback — just the 10th in Bill Self’s time as head coach.

Iowa State scored 22 points off KU mistakes and the Jayhawks’ untimely miscues kept them from scoring baskets on an afternoon when they shot 50 percent from the floor..

• Up next: The Jayhawks will be back in action in just two days, for a Big Monday Sunflower Showdown in Manhattan, versus rival Kansas State (8 p.m., ESPN).

By the Numbers: Iowa State 92, Kansas 89 (OT).

By the Numbers: Iowa State 92, Kansas 89 (OT).

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Daniel Kennamore 5 years, 6 months ago

Between the 3:24 mark of the 2nd half and the 1:50 mark of OT, KU's only points were two FTs.

Absolute choke job on the offensive end with every chance to win it.

Bryce Landon 5 years, 6 months ago

First of all, I have to take my share of the blame for this loss because I jinxed the team. Mistake #1: I asked my Magic 8 Ball if KU would win, and it answered, "My Reply Is No". Mistake #2: I went to watch the game at the Topeka Hy-Vee. I usually listen to games on the radio in the comfort of my own home, and we've won most games I've listened to. The one time I change my routine and actually WATCH a game, KU loses.


Tongue-in-cheek stuff aside, the biggest share of the blame for today's stinker falls on Bill Self. No adjustments when ISU started cooking. None. Couldn't even be bothered to switch to a triangle-and-two when the man-to-man was getting torched. Self has had some bad coaching jobs in his fourteen years at KU, but this one ranks right up there (or is that down there?) with the worst coaching jobs of his KU tenure. No excuse to ever lose at home when you're up by 15. NONE. But, as usual, Self will blame everyone but himself for today's failure, because in his world, nothing is ever his fault.

Barry Weiss 5 years, 6 months ago

well, that sucked. the bad, we lost at home, the good, Baylor lost today at home, the bad, we have to go to K-state who beat Baylor, Monday night. Also bad, to me, Bragg was not on the bench that I could see. That may indicate something, maybe not, I do not know.

Marius Rowlanski 5 years, 6 months ago

Two overtime games and 2 losses for Kansas. We could have put the game away if we had hit our free throws late in the game. Iowa State players were confident shooting the ball late while even Mason seemed reluctant to take a shot in overtime. Why were we trying to force the ball into Lucas late in the game? Catching a pass cleanly and scoring isn't in Landen's skill set. Too many attempts at making a spectacular catch and dunk when a simple pass and layup was all we needed.

But even with all the above, we should have won the game. 16 of 26 3's is simply an astonishing shooting display. Too many were uncontested but even when Kansas played good defense, the shots kept falling. I don't think this game is anything but a hiccup. I hated seeing our home court streak ended and with Baylor losing, we lost a great opportunity to take a two-game lead with 8 games left.

Let's take it out on Kansas State.

Barry Weiss 5 years, 6 months ago

I was thinking the same thing Marius. I mean it sounds good to pound it inside, but Landen does get stripped fairly regularly. He is a rebounding machine, but scoring and defense is sort of hit or miss. Oh well, he has won games for us and this one is not all on him.

Noah Oone 5 years, 6 months ago

Frustrated about the way they lost. The sloppy second halves finally caught up to them and rightfully so. ISU came out aggressively to start the second half and we started with a few turnovers and two missed free throws by Landen. That set the tone for the half and ISU took advantage. This should send a message to our guys that you have to play with energy BOTH halves, not play strong one half and sleepwalk through the second one.

Monday will be really tough. Not sure that our guys have the toughness to win this type of game on the road. K State will be pumped and ready and I am not sure we get the job done. I predict 73-66 KSU

Noah Oone 5 years, 6 months ago

I noticed on another site that someone said this should be this team's wake up call like the 08 team's loss at OSU. This team is full of veterans that played in the elite eight and they need to play like it, even in games where they are favored.

Suzi Marshall 5 years, 6 months ago

How in the world can a team playing a 4-guard lineup cough up 21 TOs and can not come close to defending the perimeter? Some of the 3s ISU made, notably some of Burton's were flat out in-your-face disrespect shown for our guys ability to defend anything. The team, with only 30 second half points, ran out of gas.

Damn good thing BU lost but...

Janet Olin 5 years, 6 months ago

How can 4 guards suck defending the 3 and suck at free throws??

Doug Clark 5 years, 6 months ago

I think they thought they had this game in the bag at halftime, we beat them at their place, they just lost at home again a few days ago and I just think the team wasn't focused like they were against Kentucky and Baylor. Coach Self said ISU deserved to win and his team got what they deserved, which I agree with. Up 14 at half and let them come back, giving up a record 18 3 poin

Doug Clark 5 years, 6 months ago

Giving up a record 18 3 pointers and having 21 turnovers to 9 for them is pathetic, they deserved to lose. Now let's see if they will let k state be the tougher team again Monday.

Doug Clark 5 years, 6 months ago

They probably thought they had this game in the bag at halftime, up 14, already beat them at their place, and they lost again at home a few days ago. Not focused like they were against Kentucky and Baylor, giving up 18 3 pointers, having 21 turnovers against a team that doesn't pressure all over the court, not a sign they were locked in, I just hope they don't let k state out tough them again Monday night, KU better come ready to play or it will be 2 losses in a row. Got a gift with Baylor losing at home and we didn't take advantage of the opportunity.

Drew Doerfler 5 years, 6 months ago

i'm sorry, but that was just a pitiful effort in the second half....lazy defense.....horrible forced passes and was painful when i had to watch josh jackson continuously give Burton wide open 3 pointer after wide open 3 pointer...he was 4-4 and jackson was still playing off of him...hand barely up giving him wide open shots....not going to lie, i was screaming my blank off at jackson to get up on him after the 2nd one...and he continuously gave him space...unbelievable.....this team has no killer instinct....they get full of themselves...stop playing and think they can turn it on at any time.....doesn't work that way.....when they are tuned in..they can be a great team.....and on a side note....frank mason is just a joy to after game this season....after the elijah and tharpe is so nice to have a player like frank leading the team.....

greg robinson 5 years, 6 months ago

Finally caught up with us. Perspective. Not as bad as having Trump as a president. Sorry Susie

Edward Daub 5 years, 6 months ago

I normally agree with Benton Smith's analytical writing. But I have to disagree with his "the game turned when" KU sputtered in overtime comments.

This game turned early in the second half, when the Hawks came out flat and started turning the ball over, and then Iowa State gained confidence and started hitting the "3" balls.

I am still struggling with how we lost this game, considering the fact that Frank Mason played possibly his greatest game as a Jayhawk.

Carolyn Hunzicker 5 years, 6 months ago

Why doesn't Self have his people GUARD THREE POINT SHOOTERS,,,,,?? They never have NEVER Why can't Jackson and Siv Play defense,,,,

Why can't we have a TOUGH TEAM that plays hard for 40 minutes

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