Iowa State blows 2nd-half lead in loss to Kansas

Iowa State controlled much of the game against No. 10 Kansas,

taking an early double-digit lead and extending it to as many as 12

early in the second half.

Royce White said a lot of it had to do with a new offense.

”I’m sure they didn’t know what they had scouted because this

is our first game running it,” the Cyclones forward said. ”We

have nobody in motion. The whole point of that is to keep the

spacing, real wide and high and leave the lane. I thought we did a

pretty good job of that in the whole game.”

Not so much in the second half.

Tyshawn Taylor scored 22 of his 28 points in the second half,

leading the Jayhawks on a big charge that resulted in an 82-73

victory – their 13th straight over the Cyclones.

Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg said his team didn’t continue to

do the things that got it the lead when it went on its second-half

scoring drought.

”We didn’t lose this game because of lack of effort. Our effort

out there was outstanding,” he said. ”We lost the game because we

lost our focus there for a stretch.”

White said the team focused on guarding All-American candidate

Thomas Robinson and providing help – which left Jeff Withey open at

times. Withey finished with 13 points, 11 rebounds and seven

blocks.

”Then again, that’s how a guy like Tyshawn gets 28,” White

said. ”You worry so much about (Robinson) and then somebody else

gets loose and has the opportunity to hit big shots, even though he

wasn’t shooting well coming into this game. Next time, we might

play everybody straight up and see how that works. It’s just a mix

and match type of deal.”

White finished with 18 points and 17 rebounds, Chris Allen added

17 points, Melvin Ejim had 12 and Scott Christopherson 10 for the

Cyclones, who shot 9 of 28 (32 percent) from the 3-point line and

just 16 of 25 (64 percent) from the foul line.

The Jayhawks, who haven’t lost to Iowa State since February

2005, will carry plenty of momentum into a marquee showdown Monday

night with undefeated and fourth-ranked Baylor, which romped to a

106-65 win over Oklahoma State earlier Saturday.

The Cyclones stuck to their scouting report at the start.

White hit his first 3-point attempt of the season, and Ejim

added another 3 moments later as a team known for the long ball

built a 17-7 lead over the first 5 minutes.

Kansas went on a run of its own to close within 18-16, but the

Cyclones extended the lead back to 27-18. They took their largest

lead of the half at 39-28 when Christopherson hit a 3-pointer and

Allen a pair of free throws with 4:43 remaining, quieting the crowd

inside Allen Fieldhouse.

The Jayhawks went on a late run to get within 43-40 at the

break, but Iowa State scored the first nine points of the second

half as Kansas missed four consecutive free throws.

That’s when Taylor and the Jayhawks went on their game-turning

run.

Withey started it with a basket that got the crowd stirring, and

Johnson added another basket to trim the lead to 52-45 with 14:43

left. Taylor got in the act with a basket of his own, the first of

three consecutive field goals the senior guard scored for the

Jayhawks.

”He hit some big-time shots,” White said. ”Some of it was

from our blown coverage and you still have to knock down the shots.

He played a big-time game down the stretch. He’s probably the

reason they won the game.”

The Cyclones still led 59-53 with 11:50 remaining when Withey

converted a three-point play, the start of a 17-2 run. Taylor added

a 3-pointer to draw the Jayhawks even, and back-to-back baskets by

Kevin Young and Withey gave them their first lead since 7-6 with

17:29 left in the first half.

By the time Withey scored off a feed from Johnson and Taylor

knocked down another basket, the Kansas lead had swelled to 70-61

and Hoiberg was begging for a timeout.

It managed to settle the Cyclones a bit. They closed within

72-70 with 6:35 remaining on consecutive baskets by Ejim, but Young

and Taylor answered and Iowa State never threatened again.

The Jayhawks, coming off an 81-46 win at Texas Tech, have won

the last 13 meetings with Iowa State. They’ve also won 16 straight

games at Allen Fieldhouse.

”We talked a lot about that the last two days. If you come into

this building and have that kind of drought, and you let it bother

you and effect you, it’s hard to win,” said Hoiberg, who had some

of his best – and worst – games as a player at Iowa State against

the Jayhawks.

”I’ve been seeing those runs in here for years,” he said.

”It’s a very tough place to play.”