Turnover-prone Kansas blown out at Iowa State

The Wichita Eagle (Sunday) - - Sports - BY GARY BEDORE

Play­ing short­handed with­out ju­nior cen­ter Udoka Azubuike, Kansas’ No. 5-ranked Jay­hawks turned the ball over an un­sightly 24 times in a 77-60 loss to un­ranked Iowa State on Satur­day at Hil­ton Coli­seum.

The to­tal was just five off the school record of 29 turnovers com­mit­ted against Colorado on Feb 15, 1992. Turnover records go back to 1988-89.

Azubuike — who hurt his right wrist at prac­tice on Fri­day with X-rays neg­a­tive — had played in KU’s last two games, against Eastern Michi­gan and Ok­la­homa af­ter missing four straight con­tests be­cause of a se­verely sprained right an­kle.

Mar­ial Shayok scored 24 points, Tyrese Hal­ibur­ton 14 and Nick Weiler-Babb 12 for un­ranked Iowa State (12-2, 2-0), which is 2-0 in the Big 12 for the first time since the 2014-15 sea­son.

Quentin Grimes had 19 points, Dedric Law­son 13 and Devon Dot­son eight for the Jay­hawks (12-2), whose pre­vi­ous high in mis­cues this sea­son was 17 against Eastern Michi­gan three games ago.

KU had won the past two sea­sons in Ames. KU fell to 1-1 in con­fer­ence play for the sec­ond straight sea­son.

Iowa State, which hit 45.9 per­cent of its shots (in­clud­ing 13 of 25 from three) to KU’s 42.9 per­cent (in­clud­ing 6 of 20 on three-point­ers), turned it over 12 times.

Guilty par­ties for KU in­cluded Lager­ald Vick, who had seven turnovers, and Law­son, who had six.

KU com­mit­ted 14 turnovers the first half to Iowa State’s six and trailed 36-32 at half­time.

The Cy­clones steadily in­creased the lead, build­ing the mar­gin to 38-32, 44-37, 47-39, 52-43, and then 54-45 with 12:21 left in the game and 60-47 at 9:24.

KU did cut the gap to seven points at 54-47 at 12:11, how­ever, Iowa State hit a pair of threes im­me­di­ately and went up by 13.

Shayok scored 13 points in the half on 5-of-7 shoot­ing. He was 2 of 2 from three as the Cy­clones hit 4 of 12 threes the first half to KU’s 4 of 11. Iowa State’s Michael Ja­cob­son had seven re­bounds and seven points the first half.

KU was led by Grimes, who had 11 points on 4of-6 shoot­ing. He was 1 of 2 from three. Law­son in the first hlaf had just three points on 1-of-5 shoot­ing to go with six boards. He and Dot­son each had four turnovers the first half. Ja­cob­son had 11 boards.

KU led 32-30 with a minute to play in the half, but Iowa State scored the fi­nal six points. Shayok had a bas­ket and a foul shot and Tyrese Hal­ibur­ton a three. Hal­ibur­ton had eight points the first half and two steals.

Shayok had 10 early points and Iowa State led 21-20 at 7:48. At that point, KU had nine turnovers and both teams were 8 of 18 from the field.

KU’s Grimes scored six straight points and turned a 23-21 deficit into a 27-23 lead at 5:46. He scored again at 4:01, and KU led 29-25.

KU picked up a team tech­ni­cal foul the first half when the Jay­hawks had six play­ers on the court fol­low­ing a time­out. KU’s Grimes was the player to leave be­fore play re­sumed. Iowa State’s Shayok missed the free throw on the tech­ni­cal foul.

Gary Bedore: 816-234-4068, @garybedore

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