Jayhawks become last team in Big 12 to lose conference game, fall 86-81 to Cyclones
AMES, Iowa — Naz Long scored 20 points and 11th-ranked Iowa State held off No. 9 Kansas 86-81 on Saturday night, recording back-to-back wins over the Jayhawks for the first time in 14 years.
Georges Niang had 15 points for the Cyclones (13-3, 3-1 Big 12), who shot 9 of 20 on 3s in snapping Kansas’ five-game winning streak.
Long followed a long 3 with a layup to give Iowa State a 71-57 lead with 6:26 left. Kansas pulled to 82-79 with 29 seconds to go, but Niang sealed the win by drawing a crucial charge with 14 seconds left.
Frank Mason III scored 21 points and Perry Ellis had 19 with 11 rebounds for Kansas (14-3, 3-1), the last team in the Big 12 to lose a conference game.
This was perhaps the most highly anticipated home game of Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg’s five-year tenure in Ames.
The Cyclones didn’t disappoint.
After a back-and-forth first half, Iowa State got 3s from Long and Dustin Hogue and a reverse layup from Niang to push its lead to 51-39. But the Jayhawks responded with 10 points in four minutes to keep their hopes alive.
That’s when Iowa State’s Jameel McKay took over.
McKay had three buckets in 81 seconds — including an alley-oop dunk over Landen Lucas — and his block set up a Niang 3 that put the Cyclones back in front 66-55.
Kansas coach Bill Self burned so many timeouts trying to slow down the fast-paced Cyclones that he had had none left for the final 6:26.
McKay scored 11 points with three blocks and Monte Morris had 11 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds for Iowa State, which allowed the Jayhawks to hang around until the very end by hitting just 10 of 18 free throws in the second half.
Iowa State: The last team to beat the Cyclones at home besides Kansas was Missouri in 2012. The last current league member to do it was Kansas State in 2011, Hoiberg’s first season. Iowa State beat Kansas in the Big 12 Tournament last season for just the second time in 20 tries.
Kansas: Mason came down with a rebound with 13:40 left clutching his right leg. Mason fell down, and when he tried to get up he quickly crumbled back to the floor. Mason had to be helped to the locker room, but he quickly re-entered the lineup. He finished 8 of 14 from the floor
Kansas: hosts Oklahoma on Monday.
Iowa State: hosts Kansas State on Tuesday.