Kansas closed the first half on a 21-3 run to turn a two-point game into a 26-point blowout as the No. 3/3 Jayhawks took down Iowa State, 79-53, Wednesday night inside Hilton Coliseum. Sophomore Devon Dotson led all scorers with 20 points as KU held the Cyclones – the Big 12’s top-scoring offense – to 34% shooting and a season-low 53 points.
The win moved Kansas to 12-2 on the year and 2-0 in Big 12 play, while Iowa State fell to 7-7 in 2019-20 and 0-2 in the league.
MOMENT OF THE GAME
The Jayhawks closed the first half on a 21-3 run, to turn a 25-23 advantage with seven minutes to play, into a 46-26 lead at the intermission. Kansas went 6-of-6 from the field during the stretch, including a pair of 3-pointers from freshman Christian Braun and one from sophomore Devon Dotson. Udoka Azubuike turned in eight of his 10 points on the night during KU’s run, which included him hitting 4-of-5 free throw attempts, all in the final five minutes of the half.
The Jayhawk defense was also stingy during the stretch, holding the Cyclones to 1-of-10 shooting and forcing three ISU turnovers over the final eight minutes of the opening frame.