No. 9 Kansas survives wild finish to beat No. 15 Iowa State
Tue, Jan 11, 2022
NCAAB News (AP)
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - Dajuan Harris hit a driving layup with 8 seconds left, and No. 9 Kansas got the better of a wild finish against No. 15 Iowa State to win 62-61 on Tuesday night.
There were four lead changes in the final 38 seconds, and the Jayhawks (13-2, 2-1 Big 12) survived when Iowa State's Gabe Kalscheur missed a 3-pointer just before the buzzer.
Ochai Agbaji scored 22 points to lead Kansas, which rebounded from a loss at Texas Tech on Saturday. Christian Braun had 13 points and Harris had 12.
Isaiah Brockington scored 17 points for Iowa State (13-3, 1-3), Kalscheur had 14 and Tyrese Hunter scored 12. The Cyclones have lost two straight since knocking off Texas Tech last week.
Neither team led by double figures at any point, and Kalscheur's 3-pointer with 1:03 left drew Iowa State within 58-57. The Cyclones took the lead with 38 seconds left on a long jumper by Caleb Grill.
Agbaji hit two free throws to put Kansas back on top with 25 seconds left. Then Brockington hit a jumper from the wing and Harris responded with his decisive layup as neither team called timeout before the buzzer.
Kansas started quickly in the second half. Jalen Coleman-Lands started made three free throws and then Braun's 3-pointer gave the Jayhawks a 37-33 lead.
Iowa State missed nine of its first 10 shots of the second half. By the time Iowa State scored, more than four minutes had passed and Kansas led by five.
Iowa State used a 10-0 run midway through the first half to open a 19-10 lead. But the Jayhawks clawed right back into the game. Agbaji hit a 3-pointer from the corner to tie the score at 26-all. Iowa State led 33-31 at halftime.
Iowa State: The Cyclones' 1-3 start against premier Big 12 competition should not obscure their incredible improvement over last season, when they went 2-22 overall and 0-18 in conference play. Coach T.J. Otzelberger has Iowa State in contention for an upper-division finish in the Big 12.
Kansas: The Jayhawks needn't be ashamed of their loss to Texas Tech, which beat No. 1 Baylor on Tuesday night. Playing without preseason Big 12 player of the year Remy Martin, who was out with a sore knee, Kansas showed its depth.
Iowa State hosts No. 21 Texas on Saturday.
Kansas hosts West Virginia on Saturday.
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