No. 6 Kansas Escapes with 97-89 Overtime Victory over Iowa State
March Madness isn't here just yet, but January Hysteria has a nice ring to it.
Ben McLemore hit a ridiculous three-pointer near the end of regulation, and No. 6 Kansas found a way to win on a night it didn't play its best basketball, edging out Iowa State 97-89 in overtime on Wednesday night.
In an extremely balanced effort, the Cyclones had six players in double figures, but they couldn't contain McLemore down the stretch. He finished with 33 points on 10-of-12 shooting, including a perfect night from the three-point line (6-of-6) and the free-throw stripe (7-of-7).
He looks like a star in the making for Kansas.
Jeff Withey finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds, adding two more blocks to his impressive season total. Elijah Johnson added 12 points for Kansas, but his six turnovers helped the Cyclone cause.
Iowa State was led by Melvin Ejim, who finished with 19 points, 11 rebounds and five assists, followed by Michigan State transfer Korie Lucious with 15 points.
Down 73-67 with a little under four minutes to play in regulation, Kansas started to make a comeback. The Jayhawks managed to cut it all the way down to 77-76 with 19 seconds remaining, and after Iowa State answered at the other end, McLemore decided he wasn't going to let Bill Self lose this one.
He tied the game at 79 with a three in the waning seconds and proceeded to hit two more to blow the game wide open in overtime. Kansas wasn't going to let Iowa State crawl back from that deficit, and it coasted to the OT win.
If you weren't concerned about Kansas facing an upset Wednesday, maybe it's because Fran Fraschilla influenced you on Twitter:
Bill Self has more Big 12 titles (8) than home losses (7) at Kansas. Think about that.— Fran Fraschilla (@franfraschilla) January 8, 2013
Self was certainly given a scare, but he will have to wait another day for that next home loss.
Kansas moves to 13-1 on the season, while Iowa State drops to 10-4. Look for the rematch between these two to be a game of high intrigue later on in the college basketball season.
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