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KU’s home winning streak ends with loss to Iowa State

KU seniors Landen Lucas and Frank Mason on end of home winning streak

KU players Landen Lucas and Frank Mason answer questions following the Jayhawks' 92-89 overtime loss to Iowa State on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017.
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KU players Landen Lucas and Frank Mason answer questions following the Jayhawks' 92-89 overtime loss to Iowa State on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017.

Kansas senior forward Landen Lucas sat misty-eyed in a corner of the Jayhawks’ interview room, admittedly emotional after a rare KU loss at Allen Fieldhouse.

“We don’t lose at home, so it’s something that is hard to digest,” Lucas said after No. 3 KU’s 92-89 overtime setback to unranked Iowa State on Saturday in a building where the Jayhawks had won 51 straight games and 37 consecutive Big 12 Conference contests.

“Obviously I’ve been here for a very long time and really lost one time, so I mean it’s not something we take easy. It definitely hurts,” Lucas added.

He was a second-year freshman in January of 2014 when San Diego State defeated the Jayhawks 61-57 in what was Kansas’ last defeat in Allen Fieldhouse. Lucas practiced but did not play in games in 2012-13, thus didn’t dress for an 85-80 loss to Oklahoma State on Feb. 2, 2013, the most recent home conference defeat in Allen Fieldhouse.

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“You’ve got to look at the big picture. It is a game, and you will lose some. You’ve just got to learn from them,” Lucas said after the Jayhawks fell to 20-3 overall and 8-2 in Big 12 play. KU did remain one game ahead of Baylor for first place in the league race, however, as Baylor lost at home to K-State on Saturday.

“While it’s tough, we have to make sure we are a better team after this,” Lucas added after grabbing a career-high 18 rebounds.

Kansas, which led by as many as 15 points, squandered a 14-point halftime lead (52-38) on a day the Cyclones hit 18 of 34 threes — tying for the most threes against KU in a single game (Nebraska, 2002 in Lincoln) and most ever by an opponent in Allen Fieldhouse.

“Down 14 at half, you’ve got Monte (Morris, 25 points, 3 of 6 on threes), Naz (Mitrou-Long, 22 points, 6 of 11 on threes) and Deonte (Burton, 29 points, 7 of 9 on threes) … they went in there and said, ‘Let’s just let it go,’ and they did,” said Kansas coach Bill Self. He said poor three-point defense and free-throw shooting (8 of 14 from line the second half and 2 of 4 in OT) contributed to the setback.

“They made some hard shots. We did a poor job obviously guarding the arc,” Self said.

KU coach Bill Self praises Iowa State team that ended KU's 51-game home winning streak Saturday.

Kansas, which saw its 14-point halftime lead turn into an 78-73 deficit with 5:41 left, still had a chance to win on the final possession of regulation.

Senior guard Frank Mason (who scored a career-high 32 points on 9-of-11 shooting from the field, including 4 of 5 on threes, and 10 of 12 free throws) dribbled alone near the top of of the key with 19 seconds left. He let the clock run down, made a move to the lane then missed a 10-footer at the buzzer, the game heading to OT tied at 82-82.

“I was pretty confident,” Mason said. “I went at a good time. I just missed a shot. Good defense by Naz Long. That’s it. I was supposed to have been a little further to the left, but that was it.”

Of the final shot, Self said: “It was fine. He got a decent look and got it on his own. It didn’t go down.”

Kansas missed three shots and committed two turnovers in overtime before Iowa State’s Morris converted from the corner, and Burton iced a straight-on three (following a Svi Mykhailiuk miss) to give the Cyclones an 87-82 lead with 1:59 left.

KU crept to 87-86 on a Mykhailiuk hoop, plus one free throw apiece from Devonté Graham and Josh Jackson, who each missed a free throw as well.

Iowa State’s Donovan Jackson cashed a three with 26.7 seconds left, giving the Cyclones a 90-86 lead. Graham answered with 11 seconds left and KU inched within one, 90-89.

Morris, however, swished two free throws with 6 seconds left, meaning KU had one final possession to launch a possible game-tying three.

Mykhailiuk (17 points, on 7-of-15 shooting, including 3 of 7 on three-pointers) misfired from beyond the arc with 3 seconds left. Burton rebounded for Iowa State, and the game was over.

“If you’ve got 7 seconds left and got to get a three, not often do you get that good a look,” Self said of Mykhailiuk’s shot. “It was deep, but an uncontested look. (He) just shot it short.”

Mason said: “It could have been three different options, me, Devonté or Svi. But it was a good look for Svi. It just fell short.”

Kansas beat reporter Jesse Newell recapped the Jayhawks' 92-89 loss to Iowa State at Allen Fieldhouse on Feb. 4, 2017, on Facebook Live.

Mykhailiuk was confident he’d send the game to a second overtime.

“It felt good. It just didn’t go in,” Mykhailiuk said.

Self — his Jayhawks lost despite outrebounding Iowa State, 45-25 (19-3 in the first half) — was asked how the end of the 51-game streak felt compared to the conclusion of other streaks in his 14 years at Kansas.

“I can’t remember how I felt last week. Well, to be honest last week I could remember how I felt,” he said with a smile, referring to a week of off-the-court distractions involving his players. Sophomore Carlton Bragg, who is on indefinite suspension for violating team rules, missed his third straight game. There have been other issues as well.

“A month ago I couldn’t remember how I felt. It (losing) sucks, but it doesn’t suck because it’s the end of a winning streak. I just care about our team and performing better,” Self said.

Asked how he can get his players to play with a free mind amid ongoing distractions, Self stated: “That is a really good question. I’ll be honest. I think we’ve done about as good as we can do. It’s not easy.

“I mean kids are tired. I thought we looked a little fatigued the second half, and that’s more mental than physical. We talked a lot about eliminating them (distractions) and letting the basketball court be your place where you don’t think about anything other than what you love to do. I think that’s easier said than done when everybody else is talking.”

Mason said the team felt no weight of distractions.

“Not at all,” Mason said. “We’re focused on basketball. That’s our job. We don’t focus on anything outside of that besides school. We just let Coach deal with all of that. We’re just here to play ball and go to school.”

Kansas will next meet Kansas State at 8 p.m. on Monday at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kan. Iowa State, which improved 14-8 overall and 6-4 in the league will play at Texas on Tuesday.

Prohm emotional after win

Second-year Iowa State coach Steve Prohm was a bit emotional after the game. The Cyclones snapped an 11-game losing streak in Allen Fieldhouse.

“(It’s a) tough business, man. Also, it’s just we’ve come so close so many times this year. You do this because you want to see your kids happy. For Monte, Naz and those guys (five senior starters) you don’t want to let them down. They’ve had a great run here,” Prohm said.

Dotson attends game

Devon Dotson, a 6-1 junior point guard from Providence Day High School in Charlotte, N.C., attended the game on an unofficial recruiting visit. He is ranked No. 34 in the Class of 2018 by Rivals.com.

IOWA STATE 92, No. 3 KANSAS 89, OT

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Iowa State

Min

FG-A

FT-A

R

A

F

Pt

Holden

8

0-0

2-2

1

0

4

2

Burton

40

11-21

0-0

8

1

4

29

Mitrou-Long

43

8-14

0-0

4

2

4

22

Morris

44

9-16

4-5

2

7

1

25

Thomas

21

0-6

0-0

1

3

1

0

S.Young

32

0-1

1-3

6

0

3

1

D.Jackson

24

3-4

2-2

0

0

3

10

Weiler-Babb

13

1-2

1-2

2

1

1

3

Totals

225

32-64

10-14

24

14

21

92

Percentages: FG .500, FT .714. Three-Point Goals: 18-34, .529 (Burton 7-9, Mitrou-Long 6-11, Morris 3-6, D.Jackson 2-3, Thomas 0-5). Team Rebounds: 1. Team Turnovers: 9 (0 PTS). Blocked Shots: 3 (Burton, Holden, S.Young). Turnovers: 9 (Mitrou-Long 4, Burton 3, Holden, Thomas). Steals: 12 (Burton 6, Mitrou-Long 2, Morris 2, S.Young, Thomas). Technical Fouls: None.

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Kansas

Min

FG-A

FT-A

R

A

F

Pt

Lucas

41

2-3

2-4

18

1

4

6

Graham

41

4-13

1-2

1

3

1

11

J.Jackson

33

5-13

4-7

10

3

3

15

Mason

41

9-11

10-12

6

5

3

32

Mykhailiuk

43

7-15

0-0

3

2

1

17

Vick

21

3-5

2-2

2

0

2

8

Lightfoot

5

0-0

0-0

2

0

2

0

Totals

225

30-60

19-27

42

14

16

89

Percentages: FG .500, FT .704. Three-Point Goals: 10-22, .455 (Mason 4-5, Mykhailiuk 3-7, Graham 2-6, J.Jackson 1-3, Vick 0-1). Team Rebounds: 3. Team Turnovers: 20 (0 PTS). Blocked Shots: 2 (Lucas, Mykhailiuk). Turnovers: 20 (J.Jackson 5, Lucas 5, Graham 3, Mason 3, Lightfoot 2, Mykhailiuk, Vick). Steals: 6 (Graham 2, J.Jackson 2, Mason, Mykhailiuk). Technical Fouls: None.

Half: Kansas 52-38. End of regulation: Tied 82-82. Attendance: 16,300.

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