Cyclones Sweep Kansas Aside

Iowa State's Jake Sullivan (24) celebrates at the end of Iowa State's 79-71 win over Kansas.
Freshmen Jake Sullivan and Shane Power helped Iowa State shoot down Kansas again, and the Jayhawks' Eric Chenowith can't understand how they did it.

Sullivan made six 3-pointers in scoring a season-high 22 points, Power added a season-best 18 with four 3s and Jamaal Tinsley created havoc with his quick hands as No. 7 Iowa State beat No. 6 Kansas 79-71 Saturday.

"I thought Sullivan and Power surprised us," Chenowith said. "If I was a coach, I'd love to have players like that. To be honest with you, they really don't have any business playing Division I basketball, and they're out there doing unbelievable things, hitting huge shots and playing tough defense."

Sullivan made six straight 3-pointers during one stretch and finished 6-for-8 behind the arc while going 8-for-11 overall. Power was 5-for-6 and made all four of his 3s.

That's 10-for-12 from long range between the two of them.

"That's unreal," Iowa State's Paul Shirley said. "You can't give them enough credit. It was really impressive the way they were hitting open shots and making plays in such a huge game."

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  • It was huge because Iowa State (22-3, 10-2 Big 12) won a ninth straight conference game for the first time in school history and remained alone in first place, two games ahead of Kansas with four to play.

    Kansas (19-5, 8-4) played without starter Drew Gooden and key reserve Luke Axtell, both injured, and lost for the fourth time in six games. The Jayhawks shot 57.7 percent but couldn't overcome 22 turnovers.

    "I said this week I think they are one of the top five teams in the country," Kansas coach Roy Williams said. "If they take care of their business, everybody is else is playing for second. For us to play for second, hat's hard for us to say because we never talk about second."

    Tinsley, who returned Thursday after spending four days at home in Brooklyn, N.Y. with his ailing grandmother, made only 1-of-13 shots. But he had 11 assists and six steals and made 9-of-12 free throws to score 11 points.

    He also got Kansas' starting guards, Kirk Hinrich and Jeff Boschee, in foul trouble and both fouled out.

    "I think it met a lot for him to be able to go home," Iowa State coach Larry Eustachy said. "It's tough on him. He's a very sensitive person. You could see it coming. But in spite of 1-for-13, Jamaal Tinsley on the court late is better than anybody else we have.

    "We owe him a lot. He's our guy. He's the guy that got us here."

    It was Iowa State's fifth straight victory over Kansas, the first time in Williams' 13 seasons the Jayhawks have lost five consecutive games to a conference opponent. The last league foe to accomplish that was Oklahoma State from 1982-84.

    Boschee led Kansas with 19 points, Kenny Gregory scored 16 and Hinrich and Chenowith each had 13.

    Sullivan's final two 3-pointers came during a 9-0 run that opened the game up after Iowa State led just 40-38 early in the second half.

    Tinsley set up the first 3 by stripping the ball from Hinrich and feeding Sullivan in the left corner. Less than two minutes later, Sullivan flashed across the lane, caught the ball, turned and swished a fadeway 3 from the left side, making it 49-38.

    "I've been working on getting a quicker release," said Sullivan, a set shooter when he arrived. "It's been an adjustment at times. It didn't feel comfortable. But it's starting to pay off, especially today."

    Kansas never got closer than five points after that and the lead grew to 70-56 before the Jayhawks made a final run. Hinrich and Boschee each hit a 3 and Chenowith scored on a follow shot to draw Kansas to 74-68 with 1:19 left.

    But Kantrail Horton and Power each sank two free throws and Shirley made one to nail it down for Iowa State, which dribbled out the final 15 seconds.

    Sullivan hit four straight 3s midway through the first half, the final two starting a 10-0 run that gave the Cyclones a 24-15 lead. Iowa State never gave up the lead again, though Kansas stayed within striking distance, pulling to 37-36 at halftime on Hinrich's 3-pointer at the buzzer.

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