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January 13, 2014

Kansas 77, Iowa State 70

Two minutes into Iowa State's Big Monday clash with Kansas, the Cyclones could be described in one word - "laboring."

And with the exception of a handful of fits and starts, ISU labored all night long in a 77-70 loss to the Jayhawks at Hilton Coliseum. The setback was the second straight for Iowa State after 14 wins in a row and left the Cyclones with a 14-2 overall record and 2-2 Big 12 mark going into a Saturday road game at Texas.

A 9-0 run by Kansas to start the second half broke a 36-36 tie and put Iowa State in catch-up mode for the rest of the night. The Cyclones closed within five points in several occasions over the final 18 minutes of the game, but never got any closer than that.

Iowa State suffered through an uncharacteristically poor shooting night. The Cyclones made just 31.4 percent of their shots from the field (22-70) and that included a dreadful 4-of-25 (16%) from behind the three-point line. Combined with a 6-for-26 three-point shooting performance at Oklahoma on Saturday, Iowa State has now made just 10 of its last 51 three-point attempts, less than 20 percent.

And the Cyclones were shredded on the boards by the long and athletic Jayhawks, finishing -17 for the game. Kansas rebounded 15 of its own 35 misses on the offensive end.

KU's 24 turnovers balanced out Iowa State's poor shooting and rebounding to at least keep the game in doubt until the closing minute. The Cyclones also benefited from outscoring Kansas, 22-12, at the free throw line.

After spotting Kansas a 9-2 lead to start the game, Iowa State trailed for most of the first half. The Cyclones got within two points at 20-18 on a DeAndre Kane dunk off a Monte Morris lob with 10:23 to go in the first half. After falling behind by eight at 30-22, ISU went on an 11-2 run with Morris going to the rim on a break and scoring to put Iowa State up, 33-32, with 1:44 to go in the half. Kansas went back up 36-33 before Kane nailed a three-point field goal at the buzzer to tie it at halftime.

Iowa State never led in the second half after Kansas scored the first nine points coming out of intermission. The Cyclones got within five on four occasions later in the second half, the last time coming when Matt Thomas knocked down a three-pointer at the 1:41 mark to make it 72-67.

Kane led Iowa State with 21 points and also collected eight rebounds. Dustin Hogue had 13 points and nine rebounds as he and Kane accounted for 17 of the Cyclones' 36 total boards. Melvin Ejim scored 15 points and Georges Niang 11 for Iowa State, but the two front liners combined to go 9-of-35 from the field. Niang was 4-for-20 from the floor, including 0-of-9 on three-pointers.

Naadir Tharpe of Kansas led all scorers with 23 points. The Jayhawks' Andrew Wiggins scored 17 points and collected 19 rebounds.

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