LAWRENCE, Kansas – A 14-0 second half run turned the tide in favor of No. 9 Kansas (16-3, 5-2 Big 12) and pushed the Jayhawks past No. 24 Iowa State (14-5, 4-3 Big 12) 80-76 Monday night at Allen Fieldhouse. The win gives KU sole possession of first place in the Big 12, breaking up a four-way tie which included the Cyclones.
In defeat, ISU was led by 26 points from Marial Shayok, his 10th 20-point game of the season and tying his career-high. He was joined in double figures by Talen Horton-Tucker (16), Michael Jacobson (double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds) and Nick Weiler-Babb (10).
Iowa State led for the majority of the first half and got ahead by eight points in the second half. However, the Cyclones went on a scoreless drought of over five minutes, allowing KU to go on its big run. ISU had a fightback, tying it at 69-69 on a Michael Jacobson 3-pointer. However, Kansas countered with a 3-pointer on the next possession and were able to hang on the rest of the way.
How It Happened
ISU took advantage of a high-tempo start to get out to a 16-9 lead. While the Jayhawks were able to erase it and knot it at 16-16, Talen Horton-Tucker got the Cyclones back ahead with a 3-pointer. ISU’s depth was tested early, with Horton-Tucker and Cameron Lard both heading to the bench with two fouls in the first 10 minutes.
The Jayhawks were able to take advantage, moving ahead for the first time at 27-26, but Horton-Tucker and Nick Weiler-Babb countered with 3-pointer to get back ahead 32-27. The decision to bring Horton-Tucker back in paid dividends, as the freshman marked the first 20 minutes of the game with 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting, including three 3-pointers.
Up 42-37 to start the second half, the pace slowed considerably, but the ISU defense held tough and Weiler-Babb nailed a deep 3-pointer to up ISU’s lead to a game-high eight at 47-39. The Jayhawks continued to chip away and able to tie it up again at the line, with Lagerald Vick knotting it at 53-53.
Vick’s alley-oop dunk put KU ahead on the next possession, part of a 14-0 run to get the home side ahead 61-53. Shayok finally ended the Cyclones’ 5:17 scoring drought at the charity stripe, and the visitors were able to work their way back to level the score at 69-69 when Michael Jacobson stepped out for his first 3-pointer in Big 12 play with 2:19 to play.
KU got back ahead at the next possession with a Vick 3-pointer. The Cyclones had a couple of chances to get back ahead, but were unable to find a way. The dagger came when Dedric Lawson stepped back for a 3-pointer to make it 77-72 Jayhawks.
Players of Note
Marial Shayok had one of his best games as a Cyclone, as the Big 12’s leading scorer finished with 26 points, tying his career-high which he also got against Texas Southern and Southern this season. He also had six rebounds and two steals.
Talen Horton-Tucker had not scored in double figures in Big 12 play. That changed in the first half of tonight’s game as he finished the first 20 minutes with 13 points. For the game, he had 16 points, three rebounds and two assists.
Michael Jacobson got his fourth double-double of the season, notching 12 points and 11rebounds. He also came up with one of the biggest shots of the game, with his 3-pointer tying the game at 69-69.
The Cyclones and the rest of the Big 12 take a break from league play this weekend for the Big 12/SEC Challenge. ISU’s matchup takes the Cyclones to Oxford to take on Ole Miss. Tip between the Cyclones and Rebels will be at 11 a.m.