Iowa State: 85, Kansas: 72
The past four games, Kansas has played with inconsistent effort and the trend continued Monday night against the Iowa State Cyclones. The Jayhawks took control early in the game, making 17 of their first 29 shots and ending the first half with a buzzer beating layup. They entered the second half with a 7 point lead against the cyclones, but as their lead diminished, the Cyclones proved to be too much for them. Midway through the second half, Iowa State went on a 24-7 run, ending with Georges Niang’s 3-point play, making it 80-67 with 2 minutes left in the game. Niang scored 15 of his 19 total points in the second half, while Kansas went 10 for 25 from the field and 0 for 6 from 3-point range. Kansas has now lost its third straight road game. Away from Allen Fieldhouse, Kansas has trouble pushing away form opponents, and in the past few games when the score gets close in the second half, the Jayhawks choke under the pressure. They’ve averaged 16 turnovers in those three road losses. In Monday’s game, Frank Mason ended the game with 6 of the team’s 16 TOs.
The Cyclones shot 51.6% from the field, 42.9% from the 3-point line, and 80.0% on free throws. They were led by Monte Morris’s 21 points, 9 assists, and 1 steal. Georges Niang also had 19 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists. Abdel Nadar went perfeft from 3-point range, hitting all 3 of his shots and put up a total of 17 points while being a pest defensively, getting 3 steals.
The Jayhawks shot 50.0% from the field, 29.4% from 3-point range, and 75.0% from the free throw line. They were led by their veteran Perry Ellis who scored 23 points in 36 minutes. Frank Mason and Wayne Selden also scored in double figure, scoring 16 and 11 points respectively. Devonte Graham only scored 7 points but led the team in assists with 4 but also had 3 TOs.
The Jayhawks will head back to Lawrence, Kansas to take on Kentucky on Saturday, January 30th at 6 PM.
Cain Lever ’19