On Monday night in Ames, Iowa, the Kansas Jayhawks won a tightly contested game, 108-96 in overtime. Senior guard Elijah Johnson led the way with one of his best games at Kansas, scoring 39 points.
Johnson hit six three-pointers, in connecting on 13-22 field goals to go along with seven assists and five rebounds. Jeff Withey added 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Travis Releford scored 19 points. Kevin Young scored 13 points to go with nine boards. The win improved Kansas to 24-4 overall and 12-3 in Big 12 conference action, Iowa State falls to 19-9 and 9-6 in conference.
Kansas stole control in overtime, cruising to an 100-92 lead after Johnson hit a three-pointer. Iowa State managed to cut the lead in half to four points at 100-96, only to have Kansas fight it off in scoring the last eight points, including a thunderous dunk by Johnson to cap the game’s scoring.
Iowa State stole an early lead after Georges Niang drained a three-pointer putting the home-team ahead 14-7. Kansas fought back right away, tying the game on Young’s tip-in at 14. From that point, the rest of the first half went back and forth, with neither team holding much of an lead. Kansas held a 41-40 lead at halftime thanks to Naadir Tharpe’s lay-up before time a few seconds before time expired.
The second half saw Kansas steal control right away, going ahead 48-42 after a made field goal by Young. Iowa State battled back, taking the lead once again at 56-55 after Chris Babb hit a three-pointer.
Things went back and forth once again, until the Cyclones thanks to a thre-pointer from Korie Luscious went ahead 79-72 at the 5:17 mark. Kansas cut the lead down to two points with just over three minutes left, but Iowa State went back into control after Niang drained another three-pointer with 47 seconds left, putting Iowa State ahead by five, 87-82. Kansas guard Johnson, not to be out-done calmly hit a three-pointer cutting to two at 87-85 with 32 seconds left. Luscious hit two free throws only for Johnson once again to hit a triple, making it 89-88 with 11 seconds left. Luscious got fouled and hit one free throw, leaving the door wide open for Kansas and Johnson, who after missing a shot, drained two free throws, pushing the game to overtime at a 90-90 tie.
Luscious led Iowa State with 23 points, while Tyrus McGee added 22 points off the bench. Niang scored 15 points and Will Clyburn scored 16.
Next up for Kansas is West Virginia on Saturday in Lawrence.
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