No. 12 Iowa St. 79, No. 5 Kansas 77
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) _ Kantrail Horton hit all four of his 3-point tries and scored 19 points as No. 12 Iowa State took over the Big 12 Conference lead with a 79-77 victory Monday night over No. 5 Kansas.
Jamaal Tinsley took an elbow in the eye late in the first half from Kansas’ Kenny Gregory, but added three 3-pointers and 18 points for the Cyclones.
Iowa State (20-3, 8-2 Big 12), the defending conference champion, hit 11 3-pointers and held off a late surge to beat Kansas (18-3, 7-2) for the fourth straight time.
The Jayhawks, who trailed 73-62 with 4 1/2 minutes remaining, cut Iowa State’s lead to 79-77 on Eric Chenowith’s two free throws with 1:04 left. Kansas had a chance to force overtime when Nick Collison rebounded Horton’s miss with 44 seconds remaining, but Luke Axtell shot an air ball from 3-point range as time expired.
Jake Sullivan hit two 3-pointers and finished with 10 points for Iowa State.
Forward Drew Gooden, listed as doubtful before the game with a wrist injury, started and led Kansas with 14 points before fouling out.
Collison, held to two points in the first half, finished with 12 and led the Jayhawks with nine rebounds. Kirk Hinrich also had 12 points, Gregory and Chenowith added 11 each and Jeff Boschee finished with 10.
Kansas started quickly, with Gregory taking the opening tip and laying it in, and Boschee hitting a 3-pointer for a 5-2 lead with 19:06 left in the first half. But Iowa State hit nine of its first 13 shots, including all three of its 3-point tries, to go up 21-12 with 12:40 left in the half.
The Cyclones never trailed again. They hit six of nine 3-pointers in the first half, including Horton’s shot at the buzzer for a 46-35 lead at the break.
Chenowith converted a 3-point play with 11 minutes left to cut Iowa State’s advantage to 54-51, but Horton hit two 3-pointers _ the last from 30 feet _ as the Cyclones pushed the margin to 73-62.