No. 8 Iowa State Falls to No. 15 Kansas, 77-70
AMES, Iowa – No. 8 Iowa State was in a tough battle with No. 15 Kansas all night, but the Cyclones were unable to overcome a cold shooting night from deep as the Jayhawks prevailed 77-70 Monday night at Hilton Coliseum. The loss dropped Iowa State to 14-2 on the season and 2-2 in the Big 12. Kansas improved to 12-4 overall and 3-0 in the Big 12.
Playing only two days after suffering an ankle injury at Oklahoma, DeAndre Kane led four Cyclones in double figures with 21 points and eight rebounds.
Keys of the Game
Iowa State played from behind for the entire first half. The Cyclones went into the intermission with some momentum as DeAndre Kane hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to tie the game at 36-36.
Kansas blew out of the gates in the second half with a 9-0 run out of the gates to start the second frame. The KU lead was nursed in a range of six to 11 points for the first 10 minutes of the second frame, until Iowa State finally got a breakthrough by taking it down to five points. With KU ahead 56-51, freshman center Joel Embiid took control with two buckets, a block and a rebound to power a 6-0 run in under a minute to put KU back up double-digits.
The Jayhawks lead hovered in double figures for the next five minutes until Iowa State was able to get the breakthrough on a 3-point play by Melvin Ejim. A Matt Thomas 3-pointer to make it 72-67 with 1:43 left looked like it gave the Cyclones a new lease on the game, as did KU missing three free throws down the stretch. However, the Cyclones’ ice cold 4-for-25 3-point shooting continued to do them in and did not allow ISU a chance to get closer.
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DeAndre Kane. The last image ISU fans saw of Kane prior to Monday’s game was him being carried off the Lloyd Noble Center court at Oklahoma by his teammates after suffering an ankle injury. Via his hard work and the treatment of the ISU sports medicine staff, Kane was in the starting lineup.
Kane was a force for the Cyclones, leading the way with 21 points and eight rebounds along with three assists and four steals in 37 minutes.
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Cyclone Quick Hits
*Iowa State matched a season high with 12 steals.
*ISU has had at least four players score in double figures in 15 games.
*The Cyclones forced a season-high 24 turnovers.
*Melvin Ejim moved into 18th on ISU’s all-time scoring list, passing Loren Meyer’s 1,280 points. He now has 1,287 points.
*DeAndre Kane had his sixth 20-point game as a Cyclone.
*Monte Morris posted a season-high four steals.
Iowa State returns to action Saturday at Texas. Tipoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. with the Big 12 Network televising the game.