AMES, Iowa -Despite a slow start, Kansas was able to take down Iowa State, 64-50, behind redshirt freshman Jalen Wilson’s team leading 22 points and fourth-straight double-double inside Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa on Saturday.
Wilson was joined in double-figures by junior David McCormack (13) and sophomore Christian Braun (11), while senior Marcus Garrett added a team-high five steals and five assists.
Iowa State was able to jump out to the early advantage, leading Kansas by as many eight in the first half. Kansas able to keep it within single digits, before knotting the game at half time, 24-24.
Kansas gained its first lead at the 19:22 mark in the second half on a Christian Braun layup, a lead they would hold throughout the remainder of the game.
The Jayhawks would stretch their second half lead to as many as 14 at 64-50, which held up as the final score. The Jayhawks shot just 36% (24-of-67) from the field in the game, while their defense proved worthy, forcing 23 turnovers and nine steals. Iowa State was led by 20 points from Jalen Coleman-Lands, while shooting 38% (17-of-45) from the field as a team.
Kansas plays its second straight road game at Dillons Sunflower Showdown rival Kansas State, Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m. (CT) on Big 12 NOW on ESPN+. The game was originally scheduled for Feb. 16.
Kansas leads the overall series with Kansas State, 200-94, and has won the last four meetings and 12 of the last 13 matchups. KU is 79-47 in meetings in Manhattan, including 27-5 in Bramlage Coliseum. KU won the first meeting this season, 74- 51, on Feb. 2, in Allen Fieldhouse.
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