Kansas wins in Ames 108-96 thanks to Elijah Johnson’s 39 point explosion. Despite foul trouble in the first half, Johnson looked aggressive on the offensive end of the court as he finished the half with 9 points. What no one expected was that Johnson would put the Jayhawks on his back and explode fro 30 points in the second half and overtime, including 8 points in the final 35.7 seconds of regulation. Johnson scored on the break, hit three’s and snagged big rebounds both in the air as well as while seated on the court. Oh – and he had 7 assists in the game as well. Johnson went 13-22 from the floor, 6-10 from 3 and a HUGE 7-7 from the free throw line.
The Jayhawks outscored Iowa State 18-6 in overtime after coming back from a 5 point deficit with less than a minute to go in regulation. The Jayhawks shot 54.5% from the field, 52% from 3 and 77.8% from the free throw line. Iowa State shot 35.7% from the field, 41.5% from 3 and 85.3% from the free throw line.
Points in the paint-KU 36 – ISU 12.
Points off turnovers-KU 13 – ISU 22.
2nd chance points-KU 22 – ISU 13.
Fast break points-KU 12 – ISU 0.
Bench points-KU 17 – ISU 27.
Score tied-11 times.
Lead changed-18 times.
Largest lead-KU by 12 OT-00:02, ISU by 7 1st-16:27.
The win is the 500th win for Kansas Head Coach Bill Self, and it puts Kansas in position to win their 9th straight Big 12 title.