January 13, 2007
KU wins ninth straight
The No. 6 ranked Kansas Jayhawks (15-2; 2-0) arrived in Ames, Iowa, with an eight game winning streak and a great deal of confidence. Late in the second half, it looked like the Iowa State Cyclones (11-6; 2-1) were going to get the best of Bill Self's squad. However, after the teams traded baskets in overtime, Brandon Rush stole the ball and converted a two-handed dunk with less than a minute to go in the extra period. Sasha Kaun scored a team high 13-points, as KU defeated ISU, 68-64.
"The guys just kind of hung in there," said Self. "Julian Wright is sick and he struggled, but he made some big plays late. Mario Chalmers made some huge plays late. The pass to Brandon Rush for the dunk and then making the free-throws.
"Sasha Kaun was our best offensive player of the day," he added. "Russell Robinson struggled. Darrell Arthur and Sherron Collins gave us some good minutes, for those freshman, off the bench. They gave us 17-points and 40 minutes."
With 14:45 remaining in the first half, the Hawks had a six-point lead and appeared to be in control of the game. They actually lead by as many as eight-points during the first 20 minutes of action, but couldn't deliver the knockout blow early on.
However, with just 3:21 remaining in the first half, the Cyclones managed to tie the game at 25. At that time, Self's squad couldn't get anything going on the offensive end of the court and allowed the Cyclones too many second chance scoring opportunities.
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