Kansas defeats Iowa State, 80-76

  • 8 p.m., Jan. 21, 2019
  • Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, KS

Monday, January 21, 2019

Garrett, Lawson carry No. 9 Kansas to crucial home win over Iowa State

Kansas guard Marcus Garrett (0) gets in for a bucket between Iowa State guard Marial Shayok (3) and Iowa State guard Nick Weiler-Babb (1) during the second half, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Marcus Garrett (0) gets in for a bucket between Iowa State guard Marial Shayok (3) and Iowa State guard Nick Weiler-Babb (1) during the second half, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019 at Allen Fieldhouse.


For all the big performances, memorable moments and clutch plays that helped lead No. 9 Kansas to a wild, 80-76 home victory over No. 24 Iowa State on Monday night at Allen Fieldhouse, Kansas coach Bill Self had a way of summing it all up that made this latest KU victory sound rather simple.

And Self’s assessment had a lot more to do with each player’s all-around basketball effort than just the fact that junior forward Dedric Lawson and sophomore guard Marcus Garrett led the Jayhawks in scoring on Monday night.

“The two players of the game, obviously, were Marcus and Dedric,” said Self, two minutes into his postgame meeting with the media. “They were both great.”


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Kansas forward Dedric Lawson (1) is fouled on the drive during the first half, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Together, the KU duo combined for 45 points and 20 rebounds on 21-of-29 shooting from the floor. Perhaps more importantly, both of them stayed on the floor as long as the Jayhawks needed them, with Garrett sitting for just a minute and Lawson just two. Both players also toughed out all 20 minutes of the wild second half.

The Jayhawks (16-3 overall, 5-2 Big 12) trailed by 5 at the break, by as many as 8 early in the second half and even saw an 8-point lead of their own eliminated completely in the final minute. But every time they had to make a play, someone did. Usually that was Garrett or Lawson.

“They were throwing haymakers and we were still standing,” Lawson said after the victory.

Every one of those 21 field goals — including a 2-of-2 clip from 3-point range from Lawson that featured a huge jumper from the top of the key with 23 seconds left — was absolutely enormous in a game that went back-and-forth, both teams throwing the best they had at the other and waiting to see how their efforts impacted the final result.

Both Jayhawks had a huge part in determining that, and neither one was too interested in talking about himself after it was over.

Garrett, as you might expect, emphasized KU’s defense, crediting Self with a mid-game adjustment to switch on ball screens that helped the Jayhawks hold ISU to 33 percent shooting in the second half.

That, Garrett said, sparked KU’s 14-0 second-half run that wound up flipping the game and giving Kansas control to the finish line.

“It felt like the ball was getting from corner to corner and we almost couldn’t guard it,” Garrett said of an ISU team that hit 12 of 30 3-pointers in a losing effort. “(It was) just (about) coming together and making stops. Coach made a great adjustment during the game that was able to help us going on the run.”

Self, of course, likes hearing Garrett — or any of his players, for that matter — talk and think defense first, and few do it as well as Garrett (16 points on 8-of-12 shooting).

His strong play all over the floor at this point in the season is merely fueling his offensive production, which now includes Garrett making 23 of his last 37 shots over four games.

“Marcus is playing at a really high level,” Self said. “I’m happy to see that. But we shouldn’t judge him on how many points he scores. We should judge him on if we win or not, because that’s who he is. I mean, he (makes) winning basketball plays and he did a lot of those tonight.”

And then, there was Lawson, who finished with 29 points and 15 rebounds — his 13th double-double of the season — and absolutely carried Kansas when the Jayhawks had no one else to turn to.

“He was great,” Garrett said. “He had 15 at the half and he was getting anywhere he wanted to get. They basically couldn’t stop him.”

Lawson finished 13-of-17 from the floor and even blocked a nasty dunk attempt by ISU’s Lindell Wigginton late in the game.

“Yeah, he tried to dunk on me,” said Lawson, half laughing and half insulted. “I told him at the free-throw line, ‘You tried to dunk on me for the game?’ And he laughed. He’s an exciting player, one of the best players in the Big 12.”

But he couldn’t touch Lawson on this night. Wigginton finished 1-of-8 from the floor for 3 points in 25 minutes. Lawson surpassed those numbers in 25 seconds.

“He just played so good,” Self said of his junior forward. “People just play behind him and bang on him and he held his composure and he had a great game.”

While Lawson’s energy and effort and intensity all over the floor were as good as in any game this season, Self said he sensed that it would be a good night for Lawson’s jumper, as well.

“In shootaround today, he was jacking around and he kept shooting because he made, like, 14 in a row,” Self recalled after the win. “So I was hopeful that would translate to tonight.”

It did, and the Jayhawks survived yet another Big 12 battle, moving into sole possession of first place in the conference race for the next 20 or so hours.

After that, Kansas will be tied again with the winner of Tuesday’s game between Kansas State and Texas Tech.

Such is life in the wild and crazy Big 12 Conference, and no one knows how to handle that better than Self and the Jayhawks.

“We’ve had some talks since Saturday,” Self began, referencing the last-minute loss at West Virginia. “And we’ve got to become a team. People can say what they want to, you know, teams aren’t teams in November and December. We’ve been playing without Dok now for three weeks now. We’ve played six games without him. And it takes time to become a team and who you are. So much of it is a mindset. If we’re going to be soft or timid, this team can’t be like that and outskill people. We’ve got to be more of an attack-type team on both ends.”


Bryce Landon 3 years, 10 months ago

They said during the ESPN broadcast that Dedric was sick about the WVU loss, and spent the night watching a recording of the entire game three times in a row. Based on his game last night, he was clearly motivated to get the nasty taste of that meltdown out his mouth. I will admit that, when he launched those 3-pointers, I was like, "no-no-no-no", because that isn't his game. But when they went in, I was like "YEEEEEESSSSSSS!"

I prefer to embarrass Iowa State by blowing them out. But breaking their hearts the way we did, taking what looked like an ISU win and season sweep, flipping the script, rattling them and beating them is also pretty satisfying to this Cry-Clown-hating Kansas native.


Mike Bennett 3 years, 10 months ago

Any win is a good win this year. Frankly, KU has to go undefeated at home to win the league this year. They are not good enough to make up a game with extra wins on the road. 9-0 at home, 5-4, maybe even 4-5 on the road and KU claims another crown. I personally think ISU is the most talented team in the league. They are impressive when they are clicking.

Phil Leister 3 years, 10 months ago

The "As complete of a guard as we've ever had here" isn't even mentioned in the lead article after a big win, because he was invisible for the entire game.

Quentin is the biggest mystery of a player I've ever seen in a KU uniform. What in the world possibly happened to the guy after his MVP run with Team USA and season opener against MSU? Not only are his shots not falling, he doesn't even look coordinated when he drives and puts up a floater. It's mind boggling.

Dane Pratt 3 years, 10 months ago

Impressive the way Marcus drives the lane but with those type of baskets come fouls and his free throw shooting is not so good.

Jay Scott 3 years, 10 months ago

...for some people the glass is always half empty, the water in it poisoned, the table unstable and the chair booby trapped....

Dane Pratt 3 years, 10 months ago

Glad I'm not one of those people Jay. In spite of what you think I'm thrilled about his recent offensive prowess even if he can't make his free throws. And I'm still picking KU to win the conference.

Jeff Foster 3 years, 10 months ago

So at what point does Ochai supplant Grimes in the starting line up? Grimes just looks lost out there. Problem is, if Self yanks him from starting, does that kill his psyche all together, maybe Ochai just knows he's going to get 20 minutes and starting doesn't matter? I'm really bummed that Grimes hasn't gotten outta his funk since game 1, other than once or twice.

Glen Miller 3 years, 10 months ago

I think for psyche is the ONLY reason he's not starting Ochai....... but this is elite level college basketball and conference play. Time to worry about hurting feelings is over at this point. Play who should be playing, regardless of stars coming out of high school. They aren't in high school any longer, time to put the big boy pants on.

Marius Rowlanski 3 years, 10 months ago

I think that was part of the reason why he was redshirted.

Barry Weiss 3 years, 10 months ago

Marcus is looking unstoppable the way he drives. Much like Frank would drive. His high percentage of making shots is similar to Dedric's numbers. Both are very efficient. Our two freshmen guards were 3-16 from the field so I would like to see them drive like Marcus more. It should help them and the team.

I can't recall any KU player getting as many double, doubles as Dedric. That would be a good article at season end to see how he stacks up over the years against other double, double machines in KU history.

Chris DeWeese 3 years, 10 months ago

Very comparable to Thomas Robinson, although they each display very different games.

Glen Miller 3 years, 10 months ago

Actually, most of the misses for Dotson came at or around the rim. He came in out of control several times and had to just kind of throw up shots hoping for foul calls he wasn't getting. Grimes on the other hand is missing wide open looks pretty consistently and it's starting to concern me for this season. His confidence looks rocked, you can see it on his face.

Tony Bandle 3 years, 10 months ago

I would pay good money to see Bryce and Jay go head to head!! Two titans blasting away in a monumental contest of sheer word power and razor-like wit. It would be Manny vs Floyd, Ali vs Frazier, Hulk Hogan vs Andre the Giant, Yankees vs Dodgers, Chamberlain vs Russell, USA vs USSR.

OOPS...there goes the alarm. Time to take my meds!

Jay Scott 3 years, 10 months ago

Jay would be no more likely to participate in this than an Iowa pig farmer would distribute breath mints to the swine....for essentially the same reasons.

Glen Miller 3 years, 10 months ago

Titans of annoying maybe........ I'll pass

Jay Scott 3 years, 10 months ago

I'm sure a bowling alley has the type of mental stimulation that you prefer Glen.

Glen Miller 3 years, 10 months ago

I do like to bowl....... but honestly, maybe some folks like your I'm a jerk and I'm OK with it attitude. Most of us think of it as pathetic and tiresome. You come on these boards and talk down to people like you're the Grand Poobah of the internet. It just makes you look anything but quit witted and smart to me.

Jay Scott 3 years, 10 months ago

Glen...If you don't like being mocked for being stupid, don't say stupid things in a public forum.

It really is that easy.

Bryce Landon 3 years, 10 months ago

There's nothing stupid in anything Glen has to say, even if he thinks I'm annoying. You're just being an Internet bully, plain and simple.

Jason Venable 3 years, 10 months ago

Jay is a miserable person. All he does is bash on people in order to make himself feel good.He must be trying to make up for some deficiency.

Marius Rowlanski 3 years, 10 months ago

Every time Jay gets a response, he wins. And Jay always wins.

Andy Godwin 3 years, 10 months ago

Not to spout blasphemy but this team is shaping up as "Dedric and the miracles". There is only one true go-to guy on the offense and that is Dedric. He almost has to turn in a 30 point/15 rebound game for KU to have a chance to win. And that at times is against triple and quadruple teaming (very easy to scout this team, but not always easy to completely stop Dedric). Vick has obviously had his moments as well as a few others including the recent offensive output of Garrett. However, with the inconsistent outside shooting and only a faint hope that De Sousa will be cleared to play, this team is heavily reliant on Dedric playing engage from the beginning to the final whistle and not fouling out. For the 1987-1988 season, KU had two players (Newton and Pritchard) averaging double figures, with Manning leading the way averaging 24.8 pts/9.0 Reb, 2 Ast. Make no mistake, Danny had a good surrounding cast, but he was the go-to player and everybody knew it, yet he still was able to help this team win a national championship. The college game has clearly evolved since 1988 (even more athletic players), but having someone with many of the skills of Danny Manning still provides KU a chance to win more often than lose.

Dan Philipps 3 years, 10 months ago

Dedric and the millennials? .... OK, that was really bad.

Jason Venable 3 years, 10 months ago

A few things: 1. Garrett is good going to the basket, but why does he pass up those 8-10ft shots? 2. KU really needs a SG. Grimes, #2 in his class, can't shoot the 3 and even worse, he's taken it to the basket and missed several times. WTF?. 3. We need some shooters. 4. Our guards are pretty good at steals. 5. Our guards are pretty good at turning it over.

David Morrison 3 years, 10 months ago

It was a great team win for the Jayhawks last night. Finesse vs. finesse. However, we need to put on our big boy pants for the game Sat. at Rupp Arena vs. Kentucky. They have shot blockers. Our guys can't be softly laying it up off the glass against those men. Even Dedric Lawson needs to "slam" the ball once in a while. If we play soft....we will lose. McCormack will need to play a larger role Sat. We will need his size. Go Hawks!!!

Brad Watson 3 years, 10 months ago

The strangest KU team I have seen...maybe ever....head scratching.....the chemistry is not easy to understand....have no idea what the team is doing game to game....but hey....we have beaten Tennessee and Mich St...Calipari must be wondering how to game plan us...really an odd team so far...but Coach is a Master scientist and I have complete and total confidence in him and I know it will get figured out....Looking forward to the biggest game of the year this Saturday!!!!....and for the youngsters in here....The Kentucky game is always the biggest regular season game of the year!

Marius Rowlanski 3 years, 10 months ago

I'm confident KU is going to beat Kentucky.

Jason Venable 3 years, 10 months ago

I don't think so. UK is going to roll us. We normally have 2 really bad losses each year, ISU was the first one. I hope we win, but UK has been on a roll as of late.

Marius Rowlanski 3 years, 10 months ago

ISU and WVU were both bad loses. WVU was 0-5 before KU choked the game away.

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