Iowa State vs Kansas final score: Cyclones dominate Jayhawks on offense, 94-83


For the second straight night, Iowa State put on an offensive showcase in Kansas City. This time it was against the Big 12 regular season champions, knocking off Kansas 94-83, and put themselves in the Big 12 championship game for the first time since 2000.

Mar 14, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Iowa State Cyclones players celebrate on the bench during the second half against the Kansas Jayhawks in the semifinals of the Big 12 Conference college basketball tournament at Sprint Center. Iowa State won 94-83. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

DeAndre Kane and Georges Niang led the way for the Cyclones (25-7, 11-7). Kane had an all-around great game, finishing with 20 points and making most of it from downtown, hitting 5-of-6 3-point attempts. He also had six rebounds, six assists, two steals, and just one turnover.

Things started to get out of hand for the Jayhawks (24-9, 14-4) when players like Andrew Wiggins and Tarik Black got into foul trouble. Kane made his final 3-pointer with 14:29 left in the second half, giving Iowa State a 59-52 advantage. Kansas called a timeout shortly after, and that’s when Niang went on his tear.

Niang hit two straight baskets before Melvin Ejim dished out an assist to an open Naz Long for a 3-pointer, making it 66-57. The sophomore forward went off again after the third media timeout, scoring four straight baskets for the Cyclones and keeping them close or above a double-digit lead. He finished with a team-high 25 points and made 50 percent of his field goals.

The worst part of Niang’s game statistically was giving the ball up eight times, but he sort of negated it with even assists. He’d probably argue the worst part was getting elbowed late in the game, causing his whole face to be covered in blood.

Mar 14, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas Jayhawks forward Perry Ellis (34) walks off the court after the game against the Iowa State Cyclones in the semifinals of the Big 12 Conference college basketball tournament at Sprint Center. Iowa State won 94-83. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Dustin Hogue didn’t join the frontcourt in the impressive scoring barrage, but he held his own with 12 points while leading the team with nine rebounds on the board. Basically, it was a more conventional game by Hogue, and that’s all Iowa State needs.

Perry Ellis was a beast again for Kansas, but he couldn’t do it on his own. Ellis finished with 30 points. He missed just one field goal (11-of-12) and one free throw (7-of-8) while also getting seven rebounds. Andrew Wiggins had 21 points and got to the free throw line, but made just 33 percent of his shots from the field (7-21).

As expected, Naadir Tharpe got close to his assist average with nine, but he missed all three shots from the floor.

Iowa State was incredible from 3-point range tonight, making 11-of-16 before missing their final three attempts from long range. Later in the game, when Kansas was dealing with foul trouble, the Cyclones continued to pound it to the Jayhawks and unlike the majority of the first half, all the rolls were going in for them.

Iowa State moves on to the Big 12 championship game on Saturday night. Tip-off is slated for 8:00 PM Central time and it will be televised on ESPN. They will take on the winner of Texas-Baylor.