Streak Stopped: Jayhawks slip against Iowa State, suffer first home loss

The Iowa State bench reacts after a big bucket by guard Donovan Jackson (4) over Kansas guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (10) late in overtime, Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 at Allen Fieldhouse.

The longest active home-court winning streak in the country is now a thing of the past thanks to Iowa State’s 92-89, overtime victory over No. 3 Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday afternoon.

But there was a time, late in the game, when players and coaches on both sides, along with spectators in all four corners of the building, thought the Jayhawks would yet again find a way to grind out a victory.

That belief rested on the right hand of red-hot Kansas point guard Frank Mason III, who scored a career-high 32 points in Saturday’s loss but came up just short with a chance to win it at the end of regulation.

The Jayhawks had been in a similar position once before. Tie ball game. Inside 20 seconds to play. Everyone watching and wondering what would happen. Mason with the ball in his hands, dribbling it out while watching the seconds tick down.

With ISU’s Naz Mitrou-Long crouched down in a wide and strong defensive stance, Mason began his attack with about six seconds remaining on the clock. After driving hard to his right, the KU senior pulled up near the free throw line and faded to take a jumper over Long’s out-stretched arm. The shot missed, just long, and the two teams went to overtime.

“You know, he made that shot against Duke,” emotionally overjoyed Iowa State coach Steve Prohm said, referencing Mason’s game-winner at Madison Square Garden in November, after Saturday’s win. “He’s terrific. I love his game. He’s an A to B guy. He doesn’t mess around with the ball, he can really get downhill.... He’s had an exceptional career here and our team, Monte, myself, everyone, has a lot of respect for him and what he’s been able to do.”

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But on Saturday, the Cyclones (14-8 overall, 6-4 Big 12) were more pleased with what Mason was unable to do, even if they didn’t expect it.

Asked if part of him expected Mason to hit another game winner as he watched the KU senior attack Long in the final seconds of regulation, ISU point guard Monte’ Morris said, “I mean, definitely. It was 50-50. Naz had good length on him and he was gonna contest, but, you know, Frank was hot. He missed two shots the whole game, and, luckily, he missed and gave us the opportunity to take it into OT and finish the job there.”

Added KU junior Svi Mykhailiuk, whose deep 3-pointer to tie at the end of overtime misfired: “We always think Frank’s gonna hit the shot. I think it was a good shot, he just didn’t make it.”

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There’s no way that Kansas (20-3, 8-2) would have even made it to overtime had it not been for Mason’s monster day.

He missed just four shots all day — two field goals and two free throws — and did not miss a shot of any kind until coming up short on a free throw attempt with 7:30 to play and Kansas clinging to a 73-69 lead.

“He was fantastic,” said senior Landen Lucas, who also set a career-high in rebounds, with 18. “He carried the team and that was big time. He kept us in the game and that’s on us to make sure we help him out.”

After trading baskets for the first 10 minutes, Kansas jumped out to a five-point lead on a sweet pass and finish from Devonte’ Graham to Mason.

After swiping a steal on the defensive end, Graham immediately fired ahead to Mason, who caught the ball near mid-court, took a few hard dribbles to the rim and went over and under an ISU defender for the layup-and-foul.

From there, the Kansas lead ballooned to nine (29-20) after a 3-pointer from Svi Mykhailiuk (17 points in 43 minutes) and a tip-in of his own miss by Josh Jackson, who recorded a third consecutive double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds but also was responsible for five of KU’s season-worst 21 turnovers.

KU led 52-38 at halftime and the Jayhawks said they felt pretty good about their position. But Lucas said KU coach Bill Self warned the team about an inevitable Iowa State run and the Cyclones made Self’s warning look good, outscoring KU 44-30 in the second half and 10-7 in overtime while cashing 10 of 18 3-pointers for a team-record 18 triples on the night.

“When you’re playing against a team that’s going out there shooting the ball and just having fun, and you let them get comfortable, then you’re in for a game,” Lucas said. “And that’s what we let happen. Once we let them back in it, it was anybody’s game.”

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After three straight 3-pointers from Deonte Burton (29 points) and Long (22 points), the Cyclones’ led by as many as five with five minutes to play and forced Kansas to come from behind to force overtime.

KU did, rather quickly, tying game at 78 with 4:35 to play and setting up a sprint to the finish. Three days after making all the plays in a tie game down the stretch against Baylor, the Jayhawks missed a few in this one and Iowa State made them pay.

No moment was bigger than a corner 3-pointer from Donovan Jackson that followed KU’s Jackson missing the second of two free throws that would’ve tied the game.

With Morris driving hard to the rim, ISU’s Jackson faded to the corner, caught a pass in rhythm from his roommate and drained the dagger.

“I didn’t think Monte would pass the ball to the 3-point line because he’s always dropping to the big guys,” said Mykhailiuk of Iowa State’s 90th point, which came with 28 seconds remaining. “I was just ball-watching and didn’t see him go to the corner. That was all my fault that he made the shot.”

The win was Iowa State’s first in Lawrence since 2005 (also in OT) and KU’s first loss at Allen Fieldhouse since falling to San Diego State, 61-57, on Jan. 5, 2014.

It also marked KU’s first Big 12 loss at home since Marcus Smart’s Oklahoma State squad back-flipped their way to victory in February of 2013.

But the historical significance of Kansas snapping a 51-game winning streak at Allen Fieldhouse was not the part eating at Self after the loss.

“It sucks,” Self said. “But it doesn’t suck because it’s the end of a winning streak. I could care less about that. I just care about our team and performing better.”

KU travels to Kansas State on Monday night for a Big Monday rematch with the Wildcats at 8 p.m. on ESPN.

By the Numbers: Iowa State 92, Kansas 89 (OT).

By the Numbers: Iowa State 92, Kansas 89 (OT).

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Bob Zielinski

Is it a bad loss? Commenters will disagree but if this team is to pull it together to get to the Final Four and make a run this is a great horrible loss. First half simplicity, free minded basketball, coasting to a win. Then realizing the other team has four quality players, adversity within the team can wear down eventually and that Mason's best efforts can not always win the game. Do many home win streaks ever go beyond 50? Is it a step back? Temporarily, yes. Is it a building block and move towards maturity that will pay off during the Tournament? Hopefully. Not a bad loss. KU has done it to other teams several times throughout the years.

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Bryce Landon

Yes, it is a bad loss, for a number of reasons. (1) We were up by as many as 15 in the first half. (2) The game was at home. (3) We just lost at home as the #3/#2 team to an unranked 9-loss team that was in the conversation for an NIT bid until today.

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Marius Rowlanski

Agree, bad loss. Would rather fight through adversity and win than learn from losing.

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Clarence Haynes

Was Coleby injured?

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Marius Rowlanski

No. Don't understand why he wasn't used at all. Lightfoot is more miss than hit but then again, so is Coleby.

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Dale Rogers

I thought this a really good game. Iowa State's comeback in Allen of all places was amazing. Iowa State deserved this win.

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Bryce Landon

Amazing? More like despicable. And man, the picture to begin this article...what I wouldn't give for a chance to wipe the smiles off the Cry-Clown players' punk faces...

6 months, 2 weeks ago

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Jack Hoover

who's crying now> Idiot.

6 months, 2 weeks ago

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Dale Rogers

Iowa State won. We lost. Deal with it.

5 months, 2 weeks ago

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Dale Rogers

Matt, the "Final Stats" pdf shows the half time box score... just fyi.

6 months, 2 weeks ago

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Mike Riches

So I had recorded the game, and was watching a couple hours behind, and a guy I work with texted me "tough loss" right as I started watching the game. When we scored 52 and led by 15 at the half, I thought he might have been talking about another game...talk about a tale of two halves...

I'm glad K-State held on against Baylor...now we need to win in Manhattan!

6 months, 2 weeks ago

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Justin Daniel

This is a good Kansas team not a great Kansas team. If Coach Self can win the league with this team, under the circumstances he has been dealt it will be his best coaching job. The Kansas post game is a shell of previous years, fortunately the guard play has made up for it most of the year. If we are lucky the Hawks will have an opportunity to play at Tulsa (4 hours away) and KC (45 min) away for a chance to go to the Final Four, which would be a completely amazing feat with virtually no low post play. I'm more concerned about the long term future of the program than the loss today. We only have one post player coming in, Preston, and it sounds less likely everyday that Young will become a Hawk, not to mention the numerous ongoing investigations.

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Bryce Landon

Funny you bring up the possibility of Self's best coaching job over the course of a season with a team. In terms of individual games, today ranks in the top 10 of his worst coaching jobs ever. Too bad Self isn't man enough to take responsibility for his terrible coaching in the second half and overtime.

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Sae Thirtysix

BLandon, what a difference 7 days makes . . . (your post after Kentucky, can hardly wait for next weeks bandwagon rant)

"I admit it, I don't give Bill Self enough credit. As Kansas coach, he is now 2-0 against Kentucky in Rupp Arena (the first win coming against Tubby Smith's Wildcats in 2005). He has now done twice what no previous KU coach was ever able to do once. Gotta love him going to the 2-3 zone; it disrupted UK's offense at critical times and created turnovers that we converted into points"

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Bryce Landon

I gave him credit when he deserved it, and now I'm giving him crap because he deserves it. He did his job last week, but he didn't do his job this week. Plain and simple. Not sure why that's so hard for you to grasp...

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Sae Thirtysix

. . . can hardly wait, rant dude, rant

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Bryce Landon

And if what you say is true, that we're going to have a thin frontcourt again in seasons to come, then it means not only is Self falling down on the job in coaching games, but he's not doing his job as a recruiter. What on God's green earth are we paying him $3,000,000 a year for if he's letting good recruits slip away??

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John Randall

Those "good recruits" who slip away are often ones we'd be just as well off without. Coach Self doesn't let ESPN or RIVALS do his selection of who to go after hard. He is nearly as good as Coach K at the process of recruiting a TEAM rather than a bunch of kids with high school resumés. How many of the highest winning % over the last 14 years belong to someone who doesn't play very many games in the Phog?

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Bob Zielinski

I was puzzled that the offense did not attack Burton. He had 3 fouls to start the 2nd half i thought. Getting 4 and 5 against him in the first 10 minutes of the second half would have effectively cut off a good portion of Iowa State's offense. Oh well, it happened.

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Bryce Landon

There is a scary parallel between this year's Jayhawk team and the 2004-05 Jayhawk team.

In this season, Kansas has won at Kentucky and at Iowa State, and then lost at home to Iowa State in overtime.

In 2004-05, Kansas won at Kentucky, won at Iowa State, and then lost at home to Iowa State in overtime.

And we all know how that season ended, with a loss to Bucknell that ranks in the Top 5 of most humiliating losses in Kansas history.

Will the 2016-17 Jayhawks suffer a similar fate? I don't know, but after today, I'm as scared as Stupid Michael!

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Noah Oone

Very different teams and circumstances. I do think the game Monday will decide how the season will end for this squad.

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Janet Olin

Can't defend against the 3 and can't shoot free throws. Both flaws will bite them again unless they adjust. Today, it seems only Landon and Frank showed up for the full 40 minutes; Svi was pretty good. Where was Devonte???

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Noah Oone

I disagree. One game free throw shooting is really good, the next it isnt. It just depends on the game. They can defend the three but don't seem to put any energy into it.

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Shannon Gustafson

70% free throw shooting as a team really isn't too bad and is certainly better than most games this year. Unfortunately most of our misses in this game came late as their legs went away.

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Ray Buckingham

Actually saw this one coming. Battle for league lead in last game + grudge match in next game = trap game. All it takes is a veteran team like ISU to get hot from 3 and, wha-la, trap game defeat. Hey, to give up 18 3's and still have a chance to win... there may only be a handful of teams in the country with a shot at that. KU's gotta look at the turnovers as the lost opportunity and you gotta give ISU credit for shooting lights out and not giving up.

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Brianna Zaleski

Where is Jay when you need him? Because the "chicken littles" are out in full force... Everyone , relax.

Every year KU loses a conference game they shouldn't have. It sucks it was at home, but it happened. WV and Baylor "held serve" by losing at home today as well, so we're no worse for the wear in the standings.

Bill Self will rally the troops and give them some "motivation " heading into the stretch run of conference season. Look for the team to steel their resolve.

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Jay Scott

Had a dinner engagement Bri. Nice job holding the fort.

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Mike Tackett

Bad loss no matter how you cut the cake. This group continues to literally through the ball away. TO's 21 vs 11. In a overtime game, killer. Many were unforced. Maybe thinking of the drama off the court?

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