Iowa State stuns Kansas 77-60

Posted at 7:12 PM, Jan 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-05 20:15:31-05

AMES, Iowa — Marial Shayok scored 24 points, and Iowa State routed No. 5 Kansas 77-60 on Saturday for its fifth straight win.

Freshman Tyrese Haliburton made four 3-pointers and scored 14 points for the Cyclones (12-2, 2-0), who opened Big 12 play with back-to-back wins for the first time since 2015 after forcing the Jayhawks (12-2, 1-1) into a season-high 24 turnovers.

Despite getting outrebounded 41-26, Iowa State made surprisingly easy work of Kansas in an early Big 12 test.

The Cyclones opened their first double-digit lead when Tyrese Haliburton made a corner 3-pointer with 9:59 to go. Lagerald Vick answered with a hasty 3-point try that bounced off the bottom of the backboard, and Lindell Wigginton connected from long range to make it 60-47 and force Kansas coach Bill Self to burn his third timeout in 11 minutes.

Shayok’s 3 with just under seven minutes left put Iowa State ahead 65-49, and the rout was on.

Quentin Grimes scored 19 points for Kansas, and Dedric Lawson had 13 points and 12 rebounds.

The Jayhawks played without big man Udoka Azubuike, who was hit on the right wrist during Friday’s practice. Self said about an hour before tip-off that X-rays on Azubuike’s wrist were negative, but he was in too much pain to play.

Azubuike, who is averaging 13.4 points and 6.8 rebounds a game, is scheduled for an MRI on Sunday. Azubuike needed surgery to repair torn ligaments in his left wrist in 2017.


Kansas: Losing at Hilton Coliseum isn’t anything to be embarrassed about; the Cyclones are 5-2 against top-10 teams at home under fourth-year coach Steve Prohm, and Iowa State was actually a one-point favorite. But the Jayhawks were an absolute mess for stretches on offense — and they wasted a plus-15 effort on the boards without Azubuike.

Iowa State: The Cyclones finally showed how much potential they have when they’re healthy. There’s little doubt that the rest of the Big 12 took notice of this result, because Iowa State has enough talent to do some serious damage in the league this winter.


Kansas, which has wins over Michigan State and Tennessee to its credit, likely won’t fall too far. The Jayhawks almost certainly will be joined in Monday’s poll by the Cyclones.


Kansas hosts TCU on Wednesday.

Iowa State plays at Baylor on Tuesday.