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KU rallies for win over Iowa State

  • Published Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012, at 8:06 a.m.
  • Updated Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012, at 9:15 a.m.

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Jayhawk report

Kansas 82, Iowa St. 73

IOWA ST.MinFG-AFT-AOR-TRAPFPT
Ejim233-105-63-62512
White287-143-83-174418
Babb340-80-02-5000
Allen355-155-71-30417
Christopherson354-70-01-42110
Railey100-10-02-4030
Booker153-60-01-4149
Gibson41-20-01-1012
McGee161-43-40-2115
Totals20024-6716-2516-49102373

Percentages: FG .358, FT .640. 3-Point Goals: 9-28, .321 (Booker 3-5, Christopherson 2-3, Allen 2-8, White 1-2, Ejim 1-4, Babb 0-6). Team Rebounds: 3. Blocked Shots: 4 (White 2, Railey, Booker). Turnovers: 16 (White 5, Allen 4, Ejim 2, Railey, McGee, Babb, Christopherson, Booker). Steals: 4 (Christopherson 2, White, Allen). Technical Fouls: None.

KANSASMinFG-AFT-AOR-TRAPFPT
Robinson324-102-63-142111
Releford363-90-04-7337
Withey256-101-22-112313
Taylor3710-215-90-16328
Johnson354-91-20-15212
Tharpe20-00-00-0000
Teahan142-70-00-0114
Wesley30-10-01-1010
Young162-33-51-3117
Totals20031-7012-2411-41201582

Percentages: FG .443, FT .500. 3-Point Goals: 8-26, .308 (Johnson 3-8, Taylor 3-9, Robinson 1-1, Releford 1-3, Young 0-1, Teahan 0-4). Team Rebounds: 3. Blocked Shots: 10 (Withey 7, Robinson 3). Turnovers: 7 (Taylor 4, Johnson 3). Steals: 8 (Taylor 4, Johnson 2, Young, Releford). Technical Fouls: None.

Iowa St.433073
Kansas404282

Att.–16,300. Officials–Joe DeRosa, Terry Davis, Andrew Walton.

Self wary of Baylor

The Bears’ 41-point victory over Oklahoma State got Kansas coach Bill Self’s attention.

“They’re really good,” Self said. “I guess they won by 40 over Okie State and probably didn’t even break a sweat doing it. I love their length. I wish we had more than one day to prepare.”

Hoiberg likes boards

Iowa State won the rebounding battle 49-41 — the first time since the opening game KU has been outrebounded — and Iowa State Coach Fred Hoiberg called it a building block.

“We got outrebounded by Missouri and I thought that cost us the game,” Hoiberg said. “To outrebound these guys by eight, as big and physical as they are, on the road, was a great feat for us.”

Worth noting

Tyshawn Taylor’s 28 points topped his previous career best of 26 set in a victory at Oklahoma as a freshman. That effort was overshadowed by a scoring dual between KU guard Sherron Collins and Oklahoma’s Willie Warren, but Taylor said he recalls the game vividly. “Like it was yesterday,” he said.... The Cyclones made seven of 13 on three-pointers in the first half, with four of them coming from front-liners. ... Jeff Withey came up with six of his seven blocks, and Taylor three of his four steals as KU turned up the defense after the break.

— When grief comes Tyshawn Taylor’s way, Kansas Coach Bill Self makes it point to offer praise to maintain confidence.

When Taylor plays well, Self tempers his point guard’s enthusiasm. It’s a delicate balance.

Saturday’s message:

“When your point guard gets 21 attempts and our best player gets zero in the second half, that’s not good,” Self said…with a smile.

Kansas doesn’t come from behind to beat Iowa State 82-73 on Saturday were it not for Taylor’s sizzling second half.

With Thomas Robinson on the bench — the game was flowing fine for Kansas without him — Taylor took over, scoring 22 after halftime to finish with a career-best 28.

“I had to do something, I had to make something happen,” Taylor said.

Kansas needed all of the production. Iowa State had control of the game for the first 25 minutes, leading by as many as 12 early in the second half.

But Taylor started his take over. His soft jumper with 14:16 remaining closed to the deficit to 52-47.

About six minutes later, when Taylor’s three-pointer settled in the twine, the Jayhawks had a 70-61 lead and Taylor had 15 of those points.

“I heard the bench going crazy the whole time, the crowd was going crazy,” Taylor said. “It was just one of those feelings you get when you’re playing.”

And it’s better than those feelings Taylor gets when fans rag him for the occasional careless ball-handling. He fired back at some critics last week on his Twitter account.

But Saturday, there was only praise, and Self feeling the need to hold some back.

The Jayhawks were exhilarated by Taylor’s flurry that got them the lead, but they weren’t out of the woods. Iowa State quickly responded to make it a two-point game, but there was Taylor again, scoring to make it a two-possession game with 6:48 remaining.

Taylor wasn’t alone in reshaping the game. Jeff Withey turned in an excellent line of 13 points, 11 rebounds and seven blocked shots with six of the swats coming in the second half that helped cool off Cyclones shooters.

The Kansas comeback was happening largely without Robinson, who played 14 minutes in the second half. He wasn’t in foul trouble, but the Jayhawks seemed to operate efficiently without him. That likely won’t be the case on Monday when fourth-ranked and undefeated Baylor visits Lawrence.

But Robinson liked what he saw unfolding in front of him, and it wasn’t like he didn’t contribute. Only top players can score 11 points, grab 14 rebounds and call it a below average day.

“I thought (Taylor) was amazing,” Robinson said. “He put the team on his back.”

Iowa State sizzling start was responsible for the heavy load. The team that has shown great improvement in Coach Fred Hoiberg’s second season but was coming off a mid-week home loss to Missouri was fearless.

It started with Royce White, who added a new touch to his versatility. White leads the Cyclones in scoring, rebounding and assists but hadn’t attempted a three-pointer this season. Pop! Pop! He buried two on the Cyclones’ first three possessions.

Less than five minutes in, Iowa State had landed the haymaker and took a 10-point lead. Hoiberg, a former Iowa State star guard, knows was an accomplishment this was.

“They come out of that locker room and in the first five minutes it can feel like they have six players on the floor,” Hoiberg said. “I thought we did a very good job getting into our tempo.”

A great job. Iowa State led by as many as 11 in the first half but with White on the bench with his second foul for the final five minutes, Kansas trimmed the deficit to 43-40 at halftime.

Surely, the Jayhawks would be ready for the second half.

Nope. The Cyclones’ lead soared to 52-40. Kansas entered the game 137-7 at home under Self, and for a while this looking like the rare KU home loss.

But Iowa State’s shooting — the Cyclones made seven of 13 threes in the first half — turned cold on a combination of curious shot selection, Kansas defense and a heavy dose of Taylor.

“He hit some big time shots down the stretch,” White said. “Some of it was probably because of our blown defense, but he had a big game.”

Well, an OK game, what with Robinson not getting any field goal attempts in the second half.

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