Instant Reaction: McLemore Leads Jayhawks to OT Win over Iowa State

On Wednesday night, the Kansas Jayhawks defeated Iowa State , 97-89. With the win, the sixth-ranked Jayhawks improved to 13-1 on the year, while Iowa State fell to 10-4. The game was the first Big 12 conference outing for both squads. Ben McLemore lead all players with 33 points, while Melvin Ejim scored 19 points, to go along with 11 boards and five assists. Jeff Withey scored 15 points, and had 12 rebounds, and Kevin Young added 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Both teams traded baskets until Kansas managed to pull ahead at 40-32 after McLemore drained a three-pointer at the 1:56 mark of the first half. Iowa State managed to cut into the lead, only trailing 42-38 at halftime. Kansas instantly grabbed a 48-40 lead after Young made a jumper. Once again the Cyclones bounced back, scoring nine straight points to hold a 49-48 lead. The lead for Iowa State ballooned to 63-57 at the 7:13 mark before Kansas rallied back. The Jayhawks cut the lead to one, before Iowa State once again went ahead by six, with 3:28 left in the game.

After McLemore hit a jumper, Ejim answered with a jumper of his own, putting Iowa State up by four with 21 seconds left. Elijah Johnson scored three points, making the score 77-76. After two free throws by Korie Lucious, Iowa State had a three-point lead with 11 seconds remaining. Kansas worked the ball over to McLemore who drained the game tying three pointer, putting the game into overtime. Kansas scored the first 11 points of overtime, easily putting away the Cyclones.

Next up for Kansas is a road test vs Texas Tech on Saturday.

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Jan 9, 2013; Lawrence, KS, USA; Kansas Jayhawks guard Ben McLemore (23) shoots a free throw against the Iowa State Cyclones in the first half at Allen Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Topics: Basketball, Iowa State Cyclones, Kansas Jayhawks

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