No. 6 Kansas downs Iowa State
Ames, IA (Sports Network) – Brandon Rush threw down two huge dunks in the
overtime period as the sixth-ranked Kansas Jayhawks narrowly avoided an upset
by edging Big 12-foe Iowa State, 68-64.
Down by a basket with under two minutes left in overtime, Mario Chalmers found
Rush for an alley-oop dunk that tied the game at 63-63. Then, on Iowa State’s
next possession, Rush picked the pocket of Cyclones’ guard Corey McIntosh and
broke free for a dunk that gave Kansas the lead with just 47 seconds
McIntosh committed yet another turnover on Iowa State’s next possession and
Chalmers’ converted two free throws to make it 67-63 with 21.9 seconds left.
Mike Taylor was only able to go 1-of-2 from the charity stripe to bring the
Cyclones within 67-64 with 9.4 seconds left, but Julian Wright knocked down a
free throw of his own with 5.9 ticks on the clock remaining to ice the game.
Sasha Kaun scored 13 points, while Rush finished with 12 points and nine
rebounds for the Jayhawks (15-2, 2-0 Big 12), who have won nine straight.
Chalmers had 11 points and seven boards and Wright contributed eight points
and 12 boards.
Taylor scored a game-high 21 points and Wesley Johnson ended with 14 points
and 11 rebounds for the Cyclones (11-6, 2-1), who saw their four-game winning
streak come to an end.
With the score knotted at 55-55, Dodie Dunson nailed a three-pointer to put
Iowa State up with just 1:15 left in the second half. However, Rush answered
for Kansas, draining a three of his own from the top of the key to tie the
game at 58-58.
Jiri Hubalek failed to win it for the Cyclones on their next possession,
giving Kansas one last chance to win it in regulation. Chalmers’ three-pointer
found the rim and Russell Robinson’s putback was short as the game went into
The game was tight throughout, with Iowa State leading 30-27 at the break. The
Jayhawks appeared as if they were going to run away with the game, courtesy of
a 12-3 run to start the second half. The Cyclones, though, did not go quietly
as back-to-back three’s by Taylor and Jessan Gray put Iowa State up 46-44
midway through the second half.
Hubalek finished with 13 points and eight rebounds for the Cyclones…Kansas
holds a 161-58 edge in the all-time series with Iowa State.