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Iowa State vs Kansas

Wiggins brilliant, No. 6 Kansas fends off No. 16 Iowa State

CBSSports.com wire reports
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LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Only minutes after Andrew Wiggins put No. 6 Kansas on his back, scoring six of his career-high 29 points in the defining moment of the game, Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg offered a glowing assessment of the star freshman.

"You can tell he's oozing with confidence," Hoiberg said Wednesday night after his 16th-ranked Cyclones lost 92-81, "and that's scary."

The nation's No. 1 recruit, Wiggins has finally started to live up to his hype. He matched his 27-point performance in a victory against TCU last weekend with a dunk that gave Kansas an 81-72 lead with just under 3 minutes remaining, and then added a couple free throws for his career high.

The freshman hit four 3-pointers and finished 10 of 16 from the field.

"I'm just starting to feel more comfortable," Wiggins said.

It helped that he didn't have to carry the load himself.

Perry Ellis added 20 points, Joel Embiid had 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Naadir Tharpe finished with 12 points and 12 assists for the Jayhawks (16-4, 7-0 Big 12), who won their seventh straight. Wayne Selden had 11 points and five assists.

"I'm not surprised at all because we got prepared to play these games," Tharpe said. "It was a matter of time until everyone just went out there and started to play."

Georges Niang led the Cyclones (15-4, 3-4) with 24 points. DeAndre Kane added 22 points and Melvin Ejim, battling foul trouble much of the game, finished with 18 points and eight rebounds.

Iowa State started the season 14-0, but has now dropped four of its past five. That includes a 77-70 loss to the Jayhawks earlier this month in Ames.

"If they're hitting shots like that," Hoiberg said of the Jayhawks, "that's going to be a tough, tough team to beat."

The Jayhawks held on despite a shortened bench. Forward Tarik Black missed his second game with an ankle injury while guard Conner Frankamp did not suit up because of a knee injury.

It didn't seem to matter early in the game.

The Jayhawks roared to a 30-14 lead in the opening minutes, dominating on the offensive glass and taking advantage of rapidly retreating Cyclones on the defensive boards.

Just as quickly, though, Iowa State whittled into the lead.

The comeback began with a jam off an alley-oop pass by Ejim, and picked up momentum when the Cyclones hit 3-pointers on four consecutive trips down court. By the time Monte Morris finished off the run, done mostly while Wiggins sat on the bench, the lead had been trimmed to 37-34.

"I've been in this building enough as a player, as a coach, a scout, and it happens pretty much every game, they come out and hit shots early and you have to withstand it, you have to withstand the runs," Hoiberg said. "I give our guys credit for clawing back in the game."

The Cyclones pulled even for the first time when Kane buried a 3-pointer out of halftime, but the Jayhawks responded with 11 straight points to regain control. Wiggins did most of the work, hitting a long jumper and a scooping layup while also getting to the free throw line.

By that point, a packed crowd that included Kansas City Royals Billy Butler and Jeremy Guthrie and Grammy nominated musician Trey Songz was on its feet.

Iowa State made one more charge. Ejim scored to draw within 73-69 and force Kansas coach Bill Self to call a timeout, and Niang drained a 3-pointer moments later to make it a one-point game.

Embiid responded with a thunderous dunk, and after Kane turned it over at the other end, the Cyclones intentionally fouled Wiggins on a fast break. He made both free throws, and then added a putback off Embiid's miss to make it a four-point trip.

"That was a pretty big call," Niang said of the intentional foul. "Not saying it was a bad call or anything, but that's where they took off."

Wiggins added a run-out dunk after another turnover to give the Jayhawks an 81-72 lead, and the defending Big 12 champions coasted the rest of the way to its 18th victory in 19 meetings with Iowa State.

"We gave ourselves a chance," Hoiberg said, "and at the end of the day, we gave ourselves an opportunity in as tough an environment as we're going to play in."

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Andrew Wiggins continues to blossom, making 10 of 16 shots in helping short-handed Kansas stay unbeaten in Big 12 play. (USATSI)
Andrew Wiggins continues to blossom, making 10 of 16 shots in helping short-handed Kansas stay unbeaten in Big 12 play. (USATSI)

 
Scoreboard
Iowa State #16 (15-4)433881
Kansas #6 (16-4) «464692
IOWAST:G. Niang 24 Pts
IOWAST:M. Ejim 8 Reb
IOWAST:G. Niang 5 Ast
KANSAS:A. Wiggins 29 Pts
KANSAS:J. Embiid 11 Reb
KANSAS:N. Tharpe 12 Ast
 
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
Iowa StateKansas
IOWAST
Georges Niang
KANSAS
Andrew Wiggins
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
24452970
Iowa State Cyclones
G. Niang, F3810-171-245124
D. Kane, G348-144-623322
D. Hogue, F312-51-26237
M. Ejim, F297-133-483418
N. Long, G80-30-00010
M. Morris, G351-42-23134
M. Thomas, G252-60-01326
D. Edozie, F10-00-00000
P. Gibson, CDid Not Play
A. Nader, FDid Not Play
S. Dorsey-Walker, GDid Not Play
T. Ellerman, FDid Not Play
K. Bluford, GDid Not Play
K. Jackson, GDid Not Play
Totals 30-6211-1624171781
 48.4%68.8% 
Kansas Jayhawks
N. Tharpe, G363-74-4612212
A. Wiggins, G3410-165-670229
P. Ellis, F338-124-460320
W. Selden, G334-81-215111
J. Embiid, C305-94-5111114
J. Traylor, F150-10-06110
F. Mason, G111-50-01133
B. Greene, G61-40-00003
L. Lucas, F20-00-00000
J. Wesley, FDid Not Play
N. Roberts, GDid Not Play
T. Black, FDid Not Play
C. Garrett, GDid Not Play
E. Manning, GDid Not Play
T. Self, GDid Not Play
A. White, GDid Not Play
C. Frankamp, GDid Not Play
Totals 32-6218-2138201392
 51.6%85.7% 
Big 12
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-L
Kansas14-425-10
Oklahoma12-623-10
Iowa St.11-728-8
Texas11-724-11
Kansas St.10-820-13
Baylor9-926-12
W. Virginia9-917-16
Oklahoma St.8-1021-13
Texas Tech6-1214-18
TCU0-189-22
 
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