AMES, Iowa – Iowa State (12-2, 2-0 Big 12) used a strong defensive effort to knock off No. 5 Kansas (12-2, 1-1 Big 12) 77-60 Saturday evening in Hilton Coliseum.
The Cyclones flustered the Jayhawks into 24 turnovers with 13 steals, as ISU recorded its fifth win over a top-5 opponent since 2012.
Marial Shayok had the hot hand for ISU, recording 24 points on 9-of-12 shooting from the field and a 5-of-5 effort from beyond the arc. His perfect night from downtown tied the school record for 3-point percentage in a game. It was his seventh 20-point game of the season.
Michael Jacobson chipped in with nine points and grabbed a season-high 11 rebounds in the win.
How It Happened
Both teams were sluggish out of the gates. It was a tie game at 6-6 with 14 minutes left in the opening period, as ISU made just 2-of-11 shots from the field to open the game.
The contest remained close because the Jayhawks committed seven early turnovers. A Shayok trey gave the Cyclones a 9-6 lead and ISU was up 13-11 after a Jacobson lay-in right before the second media timeout.
The game settled down as shots began to fall for the rest of the half, as there was 10 lead changes.
The Cyclones went into the break with a 36-32 lead, scoring the last six points on a Shayok conventional 3-point play and a bomb from Haliburton with 0:03 seconds left.
KU had 14 first-half turnovers, but outboarded the Cyclones 23-9 to keep it close.
Behind a pair of Weiler-Babb treys, the Cyclones moved ahead 47-39 with 14:52 left in the game. ISU then took a 13-point lead (60-47) with 9:24 left after Haliburton and Lindell Wigginton drained 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions.
ISU stretched its lead to 16 points when Shayok buried a trey from the corner to make it 65-49 ISU with 6:40 remaining.
The Cyclones led by as many as 20 points in the game.
Players of Note
Marial Shayok was in double figures for the 14th time this season, pouring in a team-high 24 points. Shayok had 13 points in the first half and was perfect from 3-point range, tying the school record for 3-point percentage in a game (5-of-5). It was his seventh 20-point game of the season.
Tyrese Haliburton was huge with his presence on defense. The rookie disrupted the Jayhawk offense all evening, getting his hands in passing lanes en route to four steals, matching his season high. He also posted 14 points (4-6 FG, 4-5 3FG) and dished out three assists. Haliburton is 8-of-11 from 3-point range in two league games.
Iowa State travels to Baylor on Tuesday. Tipoff is at 6 p.m. on ESPNews.