AMES, Iowa – Kansas (15-7, 9-5 Big 12) held on to defeat Iowa State (2-14, 0-11 Big 12), 64-50, Saturday afternoon in Hilton Coliseum.
Kansas overcame a sluggish start to get the victory, its second over the Cyclones in three days. The Jayhawks scored 97 points vs. the Cyclones on Thursday, but ISU did a much better job defensively, holding KU to 33 points less on 36 percent shooting.
The difference in the game was turnovers, where the Cyclones committed 23 to KU’s nine.
Jalen Wilson came off the bench for the Jayhawks to lead all scorers with 22 points.
Jalen Coleman-Lands led the Cyclones with 20 points behind 3-of-7 shooting from beyond the arc. It was Coleman-Lands’ second 20-point scoring effort of the season.
Rookie Jaden Walker grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds to lead the Cyclones on the boards.
It was a strange first half, as the teams went into the break tied at 24. Iowa State held the rebounding edge (20-16) and shot 45 percent compared to KU’s 29 percent. But the Cyclones turned the ball over 15 times, including 12 miscues in the first 13 minutes to allow the Jayhawks to remain in the game.
Coleman-Lands had 10 first-half points, including a pair of treys.
Kansas took its first lead of the game at the beginning of the half and quickly grabbed control with a Christian Braun 3-pointer, as the Jayhawks went ahead 38-31 with 12:28 left in the game.
Iowa State briefly trimmed the lead to three points on back-to-back buckets from Solomon Young, but KU answered with a 10-2 run to increase its lead to 11 points (50-39) with 6:16 remaining.
Iowa State travels to Oklahoma State on Tuesday (Feb. 16).