"Our backs are definitely against the wall after this game," said John Neal after the game. "Our backs will be against the wall for the rest of the season. We've got six games left, and we have to try to get on a run heading into the Big 12."
The game started promising enough
as the Cyclones jumped out to a quick 8-1 lead within the first two minutes. But
the Jayhawks came back to take a 13-12 lead with a lay-up by C. J. Giles at the
12:37 mark. After trading baskets,
Iowa State was able to cut lead to eight with 6:33 left, but Kansas finished the half with another 13-6 run to take a 47-32 lead.
Easy baskets behind the zone defense led to the Jayhawks shooting 53% in the first half.
"They got some easy baskets in the first half," said head coach Wayne Morgan, "and we made some mistakes."
The mistakes were reduced
drastically at the beginning of the second half as the Cyclones cut a 16-point
"I think that they got out on some breaks," Morgan said, "and they made their shots. After that, we fouled them and put them to the line. They made their free throws and we didn't."
This was evident as the Cyclones
suffered through their second straight game of limited and poor free throw
shooting. After a 1 out of 4 performance from the line against
After a Jessan Gray jumper made
the score 64-57, the Jayhawks went on another 12-4 run to pull away and take a
76-61 lead with just over five minutes left. The sequence was completed with a
scrum in the
The game ended with a large
disparity at the free line.
Will Blaylock led the way with 21 points, six assists and four steals in 35 minutes of action. Curtis Stinson added 19 points and eight assists, and Jiri Hubalek added 14 points with a 6 out of 11 performance from the field.
The Cyclones were actually able to grab more offensive rebounds (10-9), but they were outrebounded 34-23 on the defensive boards. They shot 45.7% from the field for the game, including 7 out of 21 from behind the arc.
On a personal note, I want to
sincerely apologize to everyone for the events of the day. I arrived at the
Fieldhouse two hours early to get ready for the game. I have never had any
problems with wireless connections and chat rooms until today. I have done chats
from high school stadiums in
I decided to try and see if it would work out in the arena. When I arrived at my seat, it was in the upper reaches of the southwest corner of the arena instead of down low on the floor. I made several attempts to connect to some networks up there, and I still wasn't able to do it. So I decided to go back to the media room and hook up with a network cable and perform the chat from there. I was able to get onto the Cyclone Nation website and I thought into the chat room.
However, I was wrong once again. I wasn't able to hook up with the server. After calling the communications people back again, they determined that there was an issue with the firewall. They called and tried to make an adjustment, but no one was available to make the change. By this time, it was halftime and there was no hope to get connected.
I said that I was going to have a chat from the game, but I failed miserably. I sincerely apologize to all involved and to everyone who made the effort to join me at the chat. I don't take failure easily, and it's not sitting well with me tonight. But I will make another effort to try this in the near future. Hopefully, I will be able to make adjustments and have a successful chat for you soon. Again, my sincerest apologies for letting everyone down today. Don't let this be a blemish for the work that John, Chris and the rest of the crew are doing day in and day out for this website and magazine. Have a good night!