Wednesday’s box score
Kansas 97, Iowa St. 89
Percentages: FG .411, FT .750. 3-Point Goals: 14-38, .368 (McGee 3-6, Lucious 3-8, Babb 3-10, Niang 2-5, Ejim 2-5, Clyburn 1-4). Team Rebounds: 3. Blocked Shots: 1 (McGee). Turnovers: 11 (Lucious 3, Booker 2, Clyburn 2, Niang, Gibson, McGee, Ejim). Steals: 7 (Lucious 2, McGee, Clyburn, Gibson, Babb, Ejim). Technical Fouls: Niang.
Percentages: FG .500, FT .711. 3-Point Goals: 8-19, .421 (McLemore 6-6, Johnson 2-6, Releford 0-2, Tharpe 0-5). Team Rebounds: 2. Blocked Shots: 5 (Withey 3, McLemore 2). Turnovers: 14 (Johnson 6, Young 2, McLemore 2, Releford, Traylor, Tharpe, Withey). Steals: 7 (Johnson 3, Young, McLemore, Tharpe, Withey). Technical Fouls: None.
Att.–NA. Officials–Mark Whitehead, Paul Janssen, Keith Kimble.
Johnson helps out
Kansas senior Elijah Johnson finished with a quiet double-double, with 12 points, 10 assists and six rebounds. He also recorded six turnovers. But his biggest assist may have come in the first half, when he took McLemore aside and apologized for not getting him the ball more.
“I just told him, ‘It’s my fault if you don’t get going,’ ” Johnson said. “So take the ball. I kept giving it to him.”
Johnson had a key layup in the final minute that cut the lead to one point and set up McLemore’s game-tying three-pointer after Iowa State made two free throws on the other end. Kansas coach Bill Self said he had instructed Johnson to go for a quick two-pointer if it was open.
Even after McLemore finished with 33 points, Self was left wondering if he could have done more to get him involved in the offense. Self cited the first half, where McLemore had 13 points — with nine coming off three-pointers that he had created for himself.
“This is coaching, and we gotta do a better job,” Self said. “When a guy gets 33, that’s impressive. But when he does it on 12 shots, you gotta get him more than 12 shots.”
Kansas will now hit the road for its first Big 12 road game at 3 p.m. on Saturday against Texas Tech.
— Rustin Dodd