Aldrich Leads KU Past Clones, 84-61

AMES, Iowa - Junior Cole Aldrich posted his seventh double-double of the season and combined with sophomore Marcus Morris for 35 points as No. 3 Kansas cruised to an 84-61 victory at Iowa State Saturday afternoon.

With the win, KU improved to 18-1 overall and 4-0 in Big 12 play. Iowa State fell to 12-7 on the season and 1-3 in the league.

Despite shooting a season-low 17.6 percent from three-point range, KU shot 46.8 percent from the field taking advantage of opportunities down low scoring 50 of its points in the paint. The 50 tallies were the most scored by Kansas in the lane this season. The Jayhawks were also nearly perfect from the free throw line making 9-of-10 from the charity stripe.

Marcus Morris, who scored 16 points in the contest, including 10 in the second half, helped the Jayhawks off to a quick start scoring four points in an 8-0 run to open the contest. Iowa State quickly erased its deficit scoring eight unanswered points of its own and taking a one point lead twice- 12-11 and then 14-13 at 14:34.

Freshman Xavier Henry hit a fastbreak layup shortly after to spark a 13-2 run by the Jayhawks and make the score 26-16. Kansas held the lead for the remainder of the half and led by double digits for a majority of the final nine minutes.

Henry added his only other points of the game with another layup with 46 seconds on the clock and grabbed a defensive rebound on the opposite end of the court to help Kansas hold on to a 38-25 lead at halftime.

In the second half, the Cyclones got within 11 points in the opening seconds of the half but never got closer than that for the remainder of the game.

At 9:37, sophomore Markieff Morris and sophomore Tyshawn Taylor teamed up to score eight-straight points as Kansas built a 22-point lead. The Jayhawks led by 17 or more points for the final nine minutes.

Cole Aldrich scored a team-high 19 points in the contest and added 11 rebounds and three blocks. Freshman Jeff Withey made the most of his 12 minutes of playing time contributing a personal-best eight points and five rebounds.

Sophomore Brady Morningstar helped on the boards pulling down a season-high seven rebounds. Kansas out-rebounded ISU 44-34 with a majority of the difference coming in the form of offensive rebounds.

KU also took advantage of 17 Iowa State miscues converting them into 23 points.

Kansas returns home to host Missouri on Monday, Jan. 25 at 8 p.m. on ESPN's Big Monday.

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Story courtesy:  KUAC Top Stories