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KU Falls to Iowa State 86-81

Jayhawks fall to 3-1 in Big 12 play.

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Iowa State came into the game fired up and ready to play - maybe a little too fired up.  ISU missed many of their first few shots long, and Kansas took early 8-3 and 10-5 leads.  ISU calmed down and finally took a 19-18 lead at the 8:15 mark of the first half.  The Cyclones would lead the rest of the half and take a 36-33 lead to halftime.

That lead quickly ballooned to 46-37 by the first media timeout of the second half.  The Jayhawks would make a couple of runs at ISU but would never completely close the gap.  After falling behind 72-58 at the 5:19 mark of the second half, KU closed to 82-79 with 30 seconds left.  However, the Jayhawks could not complete the comeback, and ISU prevailed by the final of 86-81.

Frank Mason led the Jayhawks with 21 points on 8/14 shooting, including 3/4 from 3-pt land.  Perry Ellis added 19 on 7/14 shooting.

Kansas outrebounded Iowa State by a 44 to 33 margin.  Ellis led the way with 11 boards while Kelly Oubre chipped in 8 more.

The Jayhawks shot 9/23 (39%) from behind the arc compared to ISU's 9/20 (45%).  KU went 8/10 from the free throw line while Iowa State shot 15/26.

Up next for Kansas, the Jayhawks have a quick turnaround as the return to Allen Fieldhouse to host Oklahoma on Big Monday at 8 PM Kansas time.