Kansas hosted Iowa State on Saturday afternoon in Allen Fieldhouse
The first 8 minutes or so saw the teams go back and forth, but Kansas would eventually build leads of 29-20 and 40-27 en route to a 52-38 halftime edge.
The Jayhawks would maintain a 10-ish point lead for the first eight minutes or so of the second half before Iowa State began their comeback. A Monte Morris 3-pointer at the 11:38 mark brought the Cyclones to within four at 65-61, and a Deonte Burton three with 6:32 to play gave Iowa State its first lead of the second half at 75-73. Iowa State would take a five point, 78-73 lead on its next possession, but Kansas wouldn’t fold, re-taking the lead at 80-79 on a Frank Mason layup with 3:24 to go.
Monte Morris missed a floater with 30 seconds to play, and Svi came down with the rebound. After a KU timeout with 20 seconds left, you knew Mason was going to get the ball. Indeed, KU isolated Mason, who ended up missing a jumper from the wing instead of driving, and the game went into overtime tied up at 82.
KU won the jump ball in OT and held the ball for the first 50 seconds, missing three shots before ISU finally got a defensive rebound. After several more scoreless possessions by each side, Monte Morris finally broke the tie with an 18-foot baseline jumper with 2:45 to go. A Deante Burton three from the top of the key put ISU up five, 87-82, with just 2:05 left.
After Jackson hit one of two free throws with 54 seconds to go, Iowa State still led 87-86. Monte Morris would find Donovan Jackson in the corner for a three-pointer, putting the Jayhawks were down four with just 26 seconds left. Devonte Graham hit a three with 10 seconds left, and KU fouled Monte Morris, an 80% free throw shooter, with 7.5 seconds to go. Morris made the first of his one-and-one, and then made the second. Svi’s desperation 25-footer went off the front of the rim, and Iowa State left Lawrence with its first win in Allen Fieldhouse since 2005, a 92-89 final.
This and That
Iowa State had three players score 20+ points.
Devonte Graham was held scoreless in the second half and was off offensively, hitting just 4-13 shots for 11 points, including 2-6 from deep.
Frank Mason had a career high 32 points on 9-11 shooting, including 4-5 from three.
KU turned the ball over a season-high 21 times.
Iowa State was absolutely on fire shooting, hitting 32-64 (50.0%) field goals, including 18-34 (52.9%) from behind the arc.
That includes a 30% three point shooter on the season hitting 7-9 (Deonte Burton).
In fairness, that also includes a 43% three point shooter going 0-5 (Matt Thomas).
Kansas shot well, too, 30-60 (50.0%) from the floor including 10-22 (45.5%) from deep.
KU dominated the glass, outrebounding ISU 45-25.
Landen Lucas had 18 rebounds by himself.
Kansas hit 19-27 (70.4%) of their free throws, better than their season average.
Kansas will travel to Manhattan on Monday night for a Big Monday matchup with K-State on ESPN at 8 PM.
We’ll have more on the Iowa State game over the next day or two, but for now, the comments section is yours.