LAWRENCE, Kan. — No. 9-ranked Kansas handed No. 15 Iowa State its 23rd consecutive Big 12 road loss Tuesday night by defeating the Cyclones 62-61 before an Allen Fieldhouse sellout crowd that included former Jayhawks men’s basketball coach Roy Williams.
Ochai Agbaji hit four threes and scored 22 points and Christian Braun added 13 points and Dajuan Harris 12 for the Jayhawks, who bounced back from Saturday’s 75-67 loss to Texas Tech on Saturday in Lubbock to improve to 13-2 overall and 2-1 in Big 12 play. KU had opened league play with a 74-63 victory over Oklahoma State on Tuesday in Stillwater.
Harris proved to be the hero, hitting a driving bucket with 7.1 seconds left to erase a 61-60 deficit. Gabe Kalscheur missed a three at the buzzer, one that had it fallen would have won the game for Iowa State.
The Jayhawks won despite being a “nicked up” team, according to coach Bill Self. Senior guard Remy Martin (knee) missed the game as did freshman forward Zach Clemence, who has a toe injury that has forced him to wear a boot on his right foot. Self shook up the starting lineup by starting big man KJ Adams over David McCormack and Mitch Lightfoot.
Tears welled in the former KU coach’s eyes at halftime as he commented on a standing ovation given him by the fans.
Former KU wing Tristan Enaruna scored two points for ISU; former Iowa State wing Jalen Coleman-Lands had three for the Jayhawks. Coleman-Lands appeared to get hit in the nose with 11:02 left and headed to the locker room. A technical was called on Robert Jones on the flagrant one foul. Harris hit two free throws to make it 47-39 at that point.
Iowa State rolled to an early 19-10 lead at the 10:41 mark. At halftime, the Cyclones led, 33-31.
Agbaji hit three threes and had 13 points at the break. Kalscheur countered with three threes and had nine points at halftime.
Coleman-Lands was in the starting lineup the second half. His three free throws and Braun’s three gave KU a 37-33 lead at 18:46. The lead grew to eight points at 43-35 and nine at 51-42 at 7:41.
KU will meet West Virginia at 1 p.m. Saturday in Allen Fieldhouse.
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