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No. 7 Kansas Edged at No. 23 Iowa State 79-75


AMES, Iowa ( — Despite 20 points and 15 rebounds from Hunter Dickinson, No. 23 Iowa State knocked off No. 7 Kansas 79-75 on Saturday at Hilton Coliseum.


Iowa State (16-4, 5-2) improved to 13-0 at home this season while enhancing its status as a Big 12 contender. Keshon Gilbert scored 16 points for the Cyclones, and reserve Curtis Jones had 15 points.

Hunter Dickinson led Kansas (16-4, 4-3) with 20 points and 15 rebounds. Kevin McCullar Jr. had 16 points on 5-for-18 shooting and Johnny Furphy finished with 15.

A three-pointer and a layup by Tamin Lipsey helped Iowa State seize control early in the second half. Jones’ three-pointer increased the Cyclones’ advantage to 55-43 with about 12 minutes left.

Kansas closed the gap to 67-63 on a layup from Dickinson and a fast-break dunk by Furphy, but Iowa State held on.

Gilbert’s layup with 2:43 left lifted the Cyclones to a 74-65 lead. After the Jayhawks rallied again, Gilbert connected on a three to make it 77-72 with 41 seconds to go.


It was the scheduled meeting this season for the longtime rivals, due to a shuffle of Big 12 membership. Saturday marked the 257th game between Iowa State and Kansas. The Jayhawks had won eight of the previous 10.


The Cyclones used their defense to slow down the Jayhawks. Kansas began the day as the Big 12 leader in shooting percentage, hitting 50.8% for the season. Kansas got off to a slow start on Saturday and shot 45% (27 for 60) for the game.


Kansas hosts Oklahoma State on Tuesday.

Iowa State visits Baylor on Feb. 3.