Sherron Collins became the 51st player in KU history to reach the 1,000 career point milestone. He entered the game with 999 points.
KU finished with four players in double figures as it improved to 15-4
overall and a perfect 4-0 in Big 12 games. ISU dropped to 12-7 on the
season and 1-3 in league play.
Iowa State’s Craig Brackins scored 42 points for the
Cyclones, finishing one point shy of a Big 12 Conference record. It was
the most points by a KU opponent since Missouri’s Anthony Peeler collected 43 points on March 9, 1992. It was also the fifth-most
points ever scored off the Jayhawks.
With a 44-38 lead entering the second half, Kansas extended its
advantage to 14 points with a 10-2 run over a three minute span capped
by a Cole Aldrich jumper at the 15 minute mark. A couple more buckets
by Aldrich and a two-pointer from Markieff Morris gave the Jayhawks
their largest lead of the game at 17 points with just 11 minutes left
in the game.
Iowa State didn’t let up, answering back with a 13-2 run to
cut its deficit to just six points at 66-60 and 6:33 left on the clock.
Aldrich stopped the Cyclones’ momentum with a dunk on
KU’s next trip down the court and with that, ISU never got
closer than eight points as the Cyclones were forced to foul and send
KU to the free throw line.
Aldrich scored 12 of his 16 points in the final 20 minutes of the game,
while adding a team-high 12 rebounds for his 11th double-double of the
Sophomore Tyrel Reed and freshman Tyshawn Taylor were next in scoring
for the Jayhawks chipping in 10 points a piece. Mario Little and Brady Morningstar were just shy of the double-digit mark as they each had
nine points in the effort.
Little finished 4-for-4 from the field and has made 11 straight shots
dating back to the 18:12 mark of the second half against Kansas State
on Jan. 13.
Kansas hit 50.8 percent of its shots from the field (31-of-61) during
the contest, the highest shooting percentage of an Iowa State opponent
During the first half, Kansas hit three of its first four shots,
including a pair of three-pointers from Collins, to open the game with
an 8-0 run.
Iowa State whittled its deficit down to four points on several
occasions, including twice in the last minute and a half, but
Morningstar was able to grab an offensive rebound in the final seconds
of the half and hit a shot at the buzzer to give KU a 44-38 lead at
Kansas continues its conference road trip at Nebraska on Wednesday,
Jan. 28. Tip time from the Devaney Center is set for 6:30 p.m. and the
game will be televised on ESPN2.
Story courtesy: KUAC
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