The Jayhawks dropped to 0-2 in true road games for the year in ugly fashion this afternoon, losing 77-60 to Iowa State in Ames.
The game was close throughout the first half, though it very much felt like it could turn into a blowout at any time. Iowa State missed their first seven attempts from three, several of which were wide open. Meanwhile, Kansas coughed up 14 turnovers (40% TO rate) in the first period, but managed to hold a small lead much of the way. A late burst by ISU gave them a 36-32 advantage going into the locker room.
It didn't take long for the Cyclones to open it up in the second half, largely on the back of some blistering three point shooting. KU didn't help their cause, contributing ten more turnovers after halftime. Their defense inside the arc held strong, as ISU hit just 16-36 (41.7%) from two. Unfortunately they would finish at 52% from three, and Kansas did little on the offensive end to keep up.
There weren't many bright spots for KU, but Quentin Grimes did look confident, and scored 19 of 7-14 shooting. Dedric Lawson struggled mightily, turning it over six times as he shot 5-11 for 13 points. Lagerald Vick looked disengaged, turning it over a whopping seven times while going just 2-6 from three. Not in significantly, Udoka Azubuike was a late scratch due to a sprained wrist.
The Jayhawks look to bounce back from this rough outing Wednesday as they host TCU.