Iowa State ended Kansas’ 51-game home winning streak in dramatic fashion Saturday afternoon as Frank Mason III missed a game winning 15-foot jump shot at the end of regulation. The game went into overtime and the Jayhawks, who had four players play over 40 minutes, did not have the energy to gut out the win. Bill Self lost just his 10th game inside Allen Fieldhouse in 14 seasons as head coach of the Jayhawks.
Self pointed out that Iowa State capitalized on the critical mistakes Kansas made throughout the game.
“The point that sticks out to me is when we almost threw a wide open alley-oop attempt over the backboard and Iowa State took the ball down and hit a three. That’s a five point swing right there,” Self said.
The three points Self acknowledged sparked a 20-8 run for the Cyclones over six minutes. Iowa State hit a school record 18 threes during the game and marginal part came from Deonte Burton. The senior guard hit seven three-pointers and had 29 points while shutting down Kansas’ freshman star Josh Jackson.
“I’ve worked on my jump shot a lot in the off-season,” Burton said.
Mason has been Kansas’ go-to man this year and he stepped up again against Iowa State. The difference in Saturday’s game was the lack of support Mason received from his teammates.
Mason never showed any signs of fatigue after playing over 40 minutes in the three games KU played this week.
“I was not fatigued. I felt fine the whole game,” Mason said.
The All-American hopeful put up big numbers again, shooting 9-11 from the field and hitting 10 of his 12 free throws. Mason was the only Jayhawk to consistently put the ball in the basket throughout the game as the rest of the team shot 42 percent from the field. Mishaps at the free-throw line were also costly for the Jayhawks as they missed 3 out of 5 attempts in the second half.
Kansas will visit Kansas State for another installment of the Sunflower Showdown on Monday.