LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Perry Ellis scored 22 points, including a hook shot over Iowa State’s Georges Niang to ice the game, and No. 1 Kansas stretched its nation-leading home winning streak to 42 games with an 85-78 victory over the 21st-ranked Cyclones on Saturday.
Devonte Graham and Wayne Selden, Jr. finished with 16 points apiece for Kansas (27-4, 15-3 Big 12), which has won 33 straight home finales.
Ellis, playing in his final game at Allen Fieldhouse, spearheaded an 11-0 run over the final 4:45 with a hustle play. He ended it with an emphatic dunk.
Kansas looked poise to break the game open with 13:21 left in the game, when Mason slipped his way through two defenders and finished at the rim. Iowa State responded with a 13-2 run to grab its largest — and last — lead at 63-59.
Niang led the Cyclones (21-10, 10-8) with 22 points and Jameel McKay added 19 points and nine rebounds.
Kansas, which had already won its 12th consecutive Big 12 title, also honored seniors Jamari Traylor, Hunter Mickelson and Evan Manning before tipoff.
But Saturday was all about Ellis.
He was a crucial part of Kansas’ run over the last four seasons. His demeanor and consistency made him a fan favorite. He lost just twice at Allen Fieldhouse in his four seasons.
Ellis scored 12 first-half points and grabbed three rebounds against perhaps the only comparable player in the conference and country, Niang. Even as Ellis struggled through periods of missed shots, he was a force, diving across the court to deny an Iowa State possession late in the half.
Neither team leading by more than seven points in the first half. Niang matched Ellis’ scoring production but foul trouble limited him to just 11 minutes. McKay stepped up in his place with 17 first-half points and seven rebounds, all while not picking up a foul or sitting out.
Niang, like Iowa State, was good in the second half. Kansas was simply better in crunch time.
Iowa State: Monte Morris scored 13 points to go along with four rebounds and four assists. . The loss snaps a two-game win streak over Kansas. . Niang and Naz Long have never won in Allen Fieldhouse.
Kansas: Selden didn’t start due to Senior Day. It was the first time in his career that he has not started. . The Jayhawks outrebounded Iowa State 39-33 after falling behind early in that department.
Iowa State: Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City, Missouri, on March 9-12
Kansas: Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City, Missouri, on March 9-12