Cyclones rally but fall short against Kansas

March 29, 2014 | 2:52 am

No. 7 Kansas 92, No. 18 Iowa State 81: Freshman Andrew Wiggins scored a season-high 29 points - including six straight during a decisive run late in the game - to help the host Jayhawks rebuff the Cyclones.

Naadir Tharpe recorded his first double-double with 12 points and matched a career high with 12 assists for Kansas (16-4, 7-0 Big 12), which defeated Iowa Statefor the fifth straight time and made it 18 victories in the last 19 meetings. Perry Ellis scored 20 points while freshman Joel Embiid recorded 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Georges Niang scored 24 points while DeAndre Kane registered 22 as Iowa State (15-4, 3-4) lost for the fourth time in its last five games after winning its first 14 contests. Melvin Ejim added 18 points and a team-best eight rebounds for the Cyclones, who lost the battle of the boards 38-28.

Kansas raced to a 30-14 lead before Iowa State whittled the deficit down to 46-43 at intermission on the strength of making five of its last six 3-pointers. Kane converted from beyond the arc on the first possession of the second half, but the Jayhawks embarked on an 11-0 run - capped by Wiggins' 3-pointer.

Iowa State pulled to within 73-72 on Niang's 3-pointer with 4:30 remaining before Wiggins took over. After being intentionally fouled by Dustin Hogue and making two free throws, Wiggins converted Embiid's miss on the ensuing possession and his emphatic dunk following Tharpe's steal made it 81-72 with 2:49 to play

GAME NOTEBOOK: The contest marked the 207th consecutive sellout at Allen Fieldhouse. ... The Cyclones are 4-2 against ranked opponents this season, while Cyclones coach Fred Hoiberg fell to 9-21 in such games. ... The teams combined to shoot 62-for-124 from the field while Kansas was 18-for-21 from the free throw line.

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