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Wiggins comes up huge on the glass

  • The Kansas City Star
  • Published Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, at 12:15 a.m.

First half

Key play: Iowa State’s DeAndre Kane hit a three-pointer that tied the game at 36-36 right before halftime.

Key stat: Iowa State shot 11 free throws; KU shot three.

Second half

Key play: Joel Embiid’s block and steal of Iowa State’s Dustin Hogue keyed a second-half run as KU took control.

Key stat: Iowa State’s Georges Niang was zero of nine from three-point range.

Wiggins gets on glass

Freshman swingman Andrew Wiggins became the first Kansas player to record 19 rebounds since Nick Collison had 19 against Duke in the 2003 NCAA Tournament.

The number included 14 defensive rebounds and five on the offensive glass. Iowa State spent most of the night getting back on defense, rarely sending anybody to the offensive boards.

“I had a talk with my father,” Wiggins said of Mitchell, a former NBA guard. “He was emphasizing rebounding, saying rebounding is a key to wins and everything. So I was trying to emphasize that on the court.”

• Freshman center Joel Embiid picked up his second technical foul in two games. KU coach Bill Self said he thought the technical was deserved, but he didn’t think this one was poor sportsmanship. Embiid got caught off balance and pulled Iowa State’s Kane to the floor while trying to keep from falling.

“After what I did against Kansas State, he thought that they were going to go at me,” Embiid said. “So he just told me to keep my cool.”

| Rustin Dodd, rdodd@kcstar.com

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