No. 10 Kansas 82, Iowa St. 73

Tyshawn Taylor has been a lightning rod during his career at

Kansas. He makes big shots and is beloved; he makes careless

turnovers and is loathed.

He was feeling nothing but love on Saturday.

The senior guard scored 22 of his career-high 28 points after

halftime, leading the No. 10 Jayhawks on a game-changing run that

resulted in an 82-73 victory over Iowa State.

”Tyshawn is a little different. When you guys tell him he’s

really good, that’s when I probably tell him he’s taking too many

shots,” coach Bill Self said. ”He is a scrutinized player, but

he’s also the point guard at Kansas, and that goes with the

territory.”

Too often Taylor hasn’t lived up to those who came before him,

guys like Kirk Hinrich and Mario Chalmers, and that’s drawn the ire

of one of the most passionate fan bases in college basketball.

They were squarely on his side against the Cyclones, though.

Taylor hit three 3-pointers and dished out six assists, leading

the Jayhawks (14-3, 4-0 Big 12) on a 17-2 run midway through the

second half. It was part of a larger 30-9 burst by the defending

conference champions that carried them to their seventh consecutive

victory.

”I felt the love, man. I felt the love. The Fieldhouse was

going crazy, the bench was going crazy. It was a good feeling,”

Taylor said. ”I made some shots that counted.”

Jeff Withey added 13 points, 11 rebounds and seven blocked

shots, and Thomas Robinson 11 points and 14 rebounds for his 12th

double-double of the season. Elijah Johnson also had 12 points.

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.

”It’s going to be a good game,” Taylor said with a smile.

Royce White had 18 points and 17 rebounds to lead the Cyclones

(12-5, 2-2), who played ninth-ranked Missouri down to the wire

earlier in the week and gave the Jayhawks similar fits.

At least, for most of the game.

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.

”It’s frustrating, but you look at the positives and say: If

Missouri is No. 9 and Kansas is No. 10, then we might be 11, 12,”

White said. ”That’s the positive that we’re going to take from

it.”

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.

”My halftime talk was good,” Self said drily. ”We went in

down three and came out down 12.”

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 that he scored for the Jayhawks.

”He was amazing,” Robinson said. ”He put the team on his back

and he did what we expected. He played great during that stretch of

us coming back. He hit some big shots for us.”

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

converted a three-point play, the start of the 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

it was 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 Iowa State coach Fred 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.

”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.”