LAWRENCE, Kan. – Four Jayhawks scored in double figures, including a team-high 19 points from Ochai Agbaji, as the Jayhawks cruised to a 97-64 win over the Iowa State Cyclone inside of Allen Fieldhouse on Thursday.
Paired with Agbaji, redshirt freshman Jalen Wilson finished with his third straight double-double and his sixth of the season after scoring 16 points and grabbing 11 rebounds.
Agbaji led the team with 19 points, including tying a career-high five triples, while sophomore Christian Braun contributed 18 points of his own with five rebounds and a team-leading six assists.
Kansas got off to a hot start by opening the game on a 5-0 run and controlled the pace of the game from the start. The KU offense served as a model of efficiency, committing only one turnover in the first 30 minutes as KU was able to go into halftime with a 39-27 lead.
After coming out of the locker room, Kansas caught fire and built upon their lead. Agbaji went on a tear, scoring 14 second half points.
Bryce Thompson, who is recovering from an injury, saw action for the first time since January 11. Thompson brought added energy for the Jayhawks in the second half, scoring a total of eight points, while grabbing four rebounds and three assists in 19 minutes of playing time.
The Jayhawks held the Cyclones to 20% (5-for-25) shooting from behind the arc and dominated in the paint, outrebounding ISU 44-32 and outscoring them 50-24, on their way to victory.
In a game where every Jayhawk saw action on the floor, all but two of them scored, as Kansas got 24 points from the bench.
With the win, Kansas improves to 14-7 overall and 8-5 in Big 12 play.
STAT OF THE GAME
6 – Tonight’s contest marks the sixth double-double of the season for Jalen Wilson, including his third-straight, which now leads the team for the most this season.
MOMENT OF THE GAME
With the shot clocking winding down at the end of the first half, Jalen Wilson threw up a three-point attempt and found the net to give Kansas a double-digit lead and the momentum heading into the second half.
Kansas plays its second of back-to-back games at Iowa State on Saturday, Feb. 13. The contest will begin at 2 p.m. (CT) and will be televised on ABC.
Heading into the Feb. 11 game with Iowa State, Kansas leads the all-time series with ISU, 184-66, dating back to 1908. KU has won the last two, yet is 7-5 in the last 12 meetings. Kansas holds a 70-40 advantage in games played in Ames, including a 26-22 mark in Hilton Coliseum.