Kansas 88, Iowa State 75
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP)—Freshmen Mario Chalmers and Brandon Rush helped stop an Iowa State surge in the second half, and Kansas soared past the Cyclones 88-75 Saturday for its 14th victory in its last 16 games.
Kansas (17-6, 8-2 Big 12) took a 49-32 lead with the first bucket of the second half. Then two 3-pointers by Will Blalock awoke the Cyclones (14-9, 4-6), and a 12-4 run a few minutes later sliced Kansas’ 17-point lead to 59-55.
Iowa State shot 48 percent against the Jayhawks, who came in with a nation-leading 35.7 percent field goal defense.
The Jayhawks, who have won seven straight, briefly went into a zone defense when Iowa State closed to within four.
Russell Robinson grabbed a rebound while lying flat on his back. Then Chalmers hit a 3-pointer, Robinson stole a pass and drove in for a bucket, and later Rush, taking a nifty pass from Chalmers, laid in a bucket that made it 69-59.
The Cyclones were 4-for-12 from the line and Kansas was 26-for-32.
Chalmers had 23 points against Iowa State’s zone, plus five rebounds and four assists. Rush had 16 points and nine rebounds and Julian Wright, the third freshman starter for the Jayhawks, put in 13 points and also had nine rebounds.
Iowa State got 21 points from Blalock. Curtis Stinson, the junior guard who had a triple-double against Colorado on Feb. 5 and had recorded more than 20 points in six straight games, was only 1-for-6 in the first half for three points. He wound up with 19, one point shy of becoming the first Iowa State player since 1990-91 to hit for 20 points in seven games in a row.
Iowa State’s Rahshon Clark and Kansas’ C.J. Giles got into a tussle and had to be separated, and play was halted at the 5-minute mark while officials tried to sort out what happened. First they studied television replays; then they huddled with coaches Wayne Morgan and Bill Self while players stood around on the court.
Finally, Giles and Shawn Taggart of Iowa State were both charged with technical fouls.
Giles then sank one shot for a 77-61 lead over the team that had forced overtime its previous two games in Allen Fieldhouse.
The Cyclones jumped to a crowd-silencing 8-1 lead at the outset. But Darnell Jackson’s bucket finally put the Jayhawks on top 15-14 with 11:52 to go and triggered a 19-7 run, capped by two 3-pointers in a row by Jeff Hawkins and a 3 by Chalmers for a 32-21 lead.