Final OT

Iowa State 89

(10-4, 0-1 Big 12)

(6) Kansas 97

(13-1, 1-0 Big 12)

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    7:00 PM ET, January 9, 2013

    Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, Kansas

    1 2 OT T
    ISU 38 41 1089
    #6KU 42 37 1897

    Top Performers

    Iowa State: M. Ejim 19 Pts, 11 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl

    Kansas: B. McLemore 33 Pts, 3 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    Ben McLemore pours in 33 as Kansas rallies past Iowa St. in OT

    Associated Press

    LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Ben McLemore came around a screen set by Travis Releford, took a pass from Elijah Johnson and then let a 3-pointer rip from well beyond the arc as the final seconds ticked away.

    As soon as it left his hand, McLemore dutifully yelled, "Bank!"

    It would have counted even if he hadn't.

    The shot banked off the glass and went through the net, pulling sixth-ranked Kansas into a tie with Iowa State with a single second left in regulation. Their game Wednesday night went to overtime, and the Jayhawks scored the first nine points to wrap up a stunning 97-89 victory.

    "The way it left my hand, I knew it was going to hit the backboard," said McLemore, who finished with a career-high 33 points -- and was apparently wise enough to call his dramatic shot off the glass, just in case anybody wanted to argue it was a lucky make.

    Including his own coach, Bill Self.

    "We executed perfectly," Self said. "Travis set a great screen and Ben was fortunate, because he didn't call glass, I'm sure."

    McLemore ended up 10 of 12 from the field and was perfect on six 3-pointers for the Jayhawks (13-1, 1-0 Big 12), who have won 12 straight as they pursue a ninth consecutive Big 12 title.

    One that might be a little more difficult than previously thought.

    Iowa State (10-4, 0-1) poured in 14 3-pointers, and had forged a 79-76 lead after two free throws by Korie Lucious with 8.4 seconds left in regulation. But that's when Cyclones coach Fred Hoiberg chose not to foul, and that allowed McLemore to let loose with his tying 3.

    "It backfired on us. That's the breaks of the game," Hoiberg said. "I wish it would have swished. I would feel better about myself right now if that didn't bank in."

    McLemore, who also made a key four-point play late in the game, added another 3-pointer to open overtime, and the Jayhawks used a series of free throws to seal the win.

    Jeff Withey finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds, and Johnson and Releford scored 12 each for the Jayhawks, who have won 22 straight league openers and 30 in a row at Allen Fieldhouse.

    "We had the formula to lose that game. We were down with a couple minutes left, they kept getting offensive rebounds and scoring, and Ben just took over," Withey said. "The last couple minutes, he had the four-point play and then the last play was unbelievable."

    Melvin Ejim had 19 points and Lucious added 15 for the Cyclones, though he missed the front end of a one-and-one late in the game that could have helped Iowa State secure the win.

    Will Clyburn finished with 16 points, Georges Niang had 13 and Chris Babb and Tyrus McGee added 11 each for the Cyclones, who have lost 13 of their last 14 to the Jayhawks.

    "We know we let one slip away," Hoiberg said. "But at the same time, if you come in here and compete with a team that's won eight championships in a row, you can compete with anyone."

    Iowa State came into the game leading the Big 12 in scoring, and its hoist-a-3 offense was at work from the opening minute, when Niang poured in two quick shots from beyond the arc.

    Johnson matched him with two 3-pointers of his own, and that began a back-and-forth 20 minutes that featured nine lead changes. And even when the Jayhawks built a 40-32 lead, Iowa State managed to whittle it to 42-38 by the break.

    Kansas pushed it back out to 48-40 in the opening minutes of the second half, but the Cyclones' half-court defense buckled down. The Jayhawks went their next seven possessions without scoring, turning it over three times and failing to get a single offensive board.

    Iowa State put together a 12-1 run that included 3-pointers on consecutive trips by Babb deep on the wing, and the second one gave the Cyclones a 54-49 lead with 13 minutes left.

    The only points Kansas scored for nearly nine minutes came on three free throws.

    The drought finally ended when Withey stepped in front of a pass on the wing, tipped the loose ball ahead to Releford, and he dunked in transition. But Hoiberg quickly called a timeout, and that served to quiet the crowd and rein back the Jayhawks' momentum.

    Lucious poured in two 3-pointers down the stretch, and another from McGee from well beyond the arc gave Iowa State a 73-67 with 3:59 left. The teams kept trading blows, and a basket from Ejim inside gave the Cyclones a 77-73 lead with a minute remaining.

    Johnson made the second of two free throws for Kansas, and Lucious was fouled. He missed the front end of a one-and-one, and Johnson's driving layup made it 77-76 with 14.5 seconds left.

    Lucious was fouled again with 8.4 seconds to go, and this time he made both of his attempts to restore a three-point cushion. But with time winding down, Johnson found McLemore coming open on the wing, and the freshman knocked in the shot of the night as Allen Fieldhouse erupted.

    "I mean, when it left my hand, I actually called, 'Bank!' " McLemore insisted. "It was a good release and it went in, so I'm glad."

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 89 97
    FG Made-Attempted 30-73 (.411) 31-62 (.500)
    3P Made-Attempted 14-38 (.368) 8-19 (.421)
    FT Made-Attempted 15-20 (.750) 27-38 (.711)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 29 (0/0) 17 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 6 14

    2012-13 Season

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    Research Notes

    Ben McLemore scored 33 points while shooting 6-for-6 on 3's and 7-for-7 on free throws. McLemore is the 4th player in Big 12 history to score 30 points and shoot 100 percent on 3-pointers and free throws. The other 3 are Mike Singletary, LaceDarius Dunn and Denis Clemente.
    Ben McLemore scored 33 points tonight, shooting 6 of 6 from 3 and 7 of 7 from the line. The last college player to hit at least 6 3-pointers and 7 free throws without missing one was Da'Sean Butler (WVU) on Feb. 6, 2010 against St. John's. He also scored 33 points, hitting 7 of 7 from 3 and 8 of 8 from the line. It's only the 4th time the feat has been accomplished in a conference game over the last 15 seasons.
    Ben McLemore poured in a career-high 33 points tonight, tied for the most by a Kansas player under Bill Self. The last Jayhawk to score more? Paul Pierce in a win over Vanderbilt in December 1997.
    Ben McLemore finishes 6-for-6 from beyond the arc Wednesday night against Iowa State. That ties a Kansas record for most threes made in a game without a miss, and sets the school's record for conference play.

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