Lawrence, KS (SportsNetwork.com) - If Wednesday's Kansas-Iowa State Big 12
showdown was a boxing match, Andrew Wiggins provided the knockout blow.
Wiggins set a career-high for the second consecutive game, scoring 29 points
on 10-of-16 shooting to lead the No. 6 Jayhawks past the pesky Cyclones,
92-81, at Allen Fieldhouse.
Perry Ellis chipped in with 20 points and Joel Embiid provided 14 points and
11 rebounds for Kansas (16-4, 7-0 Big 12), which has rattled off seven
straight wins -- five coming against ranked opponents.
Naadir Tharpe was also a key contributor for the Big 12 leaders, finishing
with 12 points and 12 assists.
Iowa State (15-4, 3-4) kept getting up off the mat despite falling in multiple
double-digit holes, but the Cyclones ultimately fell for the fourth time in
their last five games.
Georges Niang scored 24 points, DeAndre Kane added 22 and Melvin Ejim 18 with
eight rebounds in the latest setback.
The final score did not do Iowa State justice. The Cyclones rallied from a 13-
point deficit in the second half and pulled within 73-72 on a Niang 3-pointer
with 4 1/2 minutes remaining.
Embiid answered with a dunk, and Wiggins took over from there.
After Kansas forced a turnover, Dustin Hogue came from behind and sent the
star freshman into the backboard support, drawing an intentional foul.
Wiggins made both free throws, then boxed out his defender for putback layup
on the bonus possession. Seconds later, Tharpe came away with a steal and
threw an outlet pass for an open Wiggins, whose emphatic dunk had the Jayhawks
suddenly in front by an 81-72 margin with under three minutes to play.
Kansas made its final 10 free throws to close out the deceptively close win.
The Jayhawks controlled the opening 10 minutes by dominating inside, as they
scored nine of their first 21 points off the offensive glass and went in front
30-14 following a Wiggins jumper.
But the Cyclones cut into the deficit by catching fire from behind the arc,
including a stretch where they hit from deep on four straight possessions.
Kane had a chance to tie things late in the half but split a trip at the foul
line to keep Iowa State down by one, 44-43.
Embiid's two free throws inside the final minute sent Kansas into the break
ahead by three, and Kane evened it up, 46-46, with a 3-pointer on the first
possession out of the locker room.
Kansas, though, again appeared to pull away with 11 consecutive points, the
last three coming on one of four of Wiggins' 3-pointers.
Iowa State fought back yet again, only to see its rally come up short.
Kansas swept the season series, winning 77-70 in Ames on Jan. 13, and has won
nine straight at home against the Cyclones ... Wiggins set his previous high
of 27 points against TCU on Saturday ... Kansas made 51.6 percent of its
shots ... The Jayhawks had 19 second-chance points to Iowa State's nine.
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