Kansas 95, Iowa St. 85
AMES, Iowa (AP)—Mario Chalmers scored 21 points to lead five players in double figures as Kansas picked up its fourth straight win, 95-85 over Iowa State on Saturday.
Brandon Rush added 20 points and 10 rebounds as the Jayhawks (13-6, 4-2 Big 12) used a 15-1 run to pull away from the Cyclones, who have lost three straight conference home games for the first time four years.
After trailing by as much as 12 in the first half, Iowa State (13-7, 3-4) got within 47-45 early in the second half.
But Russell Robinson followed a basket with a 3-pointer, and Darnell Jackson scored twice from inside the paint to give Kansas a 62-46 lead.
The Cyclones responded with an 8-0 run, led by a pair of 3-point baskets from John Neal, but the Jayhawks took the lead again 71-57 as Rush and Chalmers hit threes on back-to-back possessions.
Iowa State got as close as 85-78 with 53 seconds left, but Kansas put the game out of reach at the free-throw line.
The Cyclones forced seven Jayhawks turnovers in the final 6:47 of the first half to trim a 12-point deficit down to 38-35 by the break.
Kansas jumped ahead 18-7 early the in the first half and pushed the lead to as much as 34-22.
Curtis Stinson led Iowa State with 22 points, and Rahshon Clark added 20 points.
Iowa State center Ross Marsden did not play after breaking his hand in practice on Thursday. His status for the rest of the season is day to day.