Freshman guard Mario Chalmers led all scorers with 24 points, a new career high. His 3-pointer with 10:15 remaining in the game helped quell a Cyclone run that cut the Jayhawks' lead to four points. He also grabbed five rebounds, dished out four assists and was perfect from the free throw line on all eight of his attempts.
Freshman guard Brandon Rush, last week's Phillips 66 Big 12 Rookie of the Week, added 16 points for the Jayhawks while snagging nine boards and swiping three steals. Sophomore forward Darnell Jackson came off the bench to score 10 points and grab five rebounds.
Freshman forward Julian Wright rounded out the double-digit scorers for the Jayhawks, tallying 13 points to go along with his nine rebounds and four blocks. Sophomore guard Russell Robinson also stuffed the stat sheet for the Jayhawks, recording nine points, seven assists and six rebounds.
After Iowa State jumped out to an early 8-1 lead, the Jayhawks fought back and responded with a 23-7 run that was punctuated by back-to-back 3-pointers from senior guard Jeff Hawkins. KU went on to build a 47-32 halftime lead behind 11 points apiece from Wright and Rush, who both connected on electrifying alley-oops during the stanza.
For the game, the Jayhawks shot 50 percent from the field on 28-of-56 shooting and out-rebounded the Cyclones 43-33. The Jayhawks also shot 81.3 percent from the free throw line, connecting on 26-of-32 attempts.
The Jayhawks return to action Monday, Feb. 13, when they travel to Stillwater, Okla., to take on Oklahoma State. Tip-off is slated for 8 p.m. as the game will be featured on ESPN.
Story courtesy: KUAC