Kansas Senior Guard Elijah Johnson scored a career-high 39 points Monday night, with 30 coming after halftime, as Kansas (24-4, 12-3) overcame a 5-point deficit in the final minute of regulation to defeat Iowa State (19-9, 9-6) in Ames.
With the win, Kansas remains tied for first place in the Big 12 standings with cross state rival Iowa State. Johnson’s 39 points were the most by a Kansas player in the Big 12 era, and the most by a Kansas player since Terry Brown scored 42 in a 1991 Kansas win against North Carolina State.
The game was highlighted by several questionable calls by game officials. The Big 12 conference coordinator of officials says the league will review the final minute of regulation, and especially a call with 5 seconds to play where Johnson collided with Iowa State freshman forward Georges Jiang, but no foul was called.
Iowa State was led in scoring by guard Korie Lucious, who had 23. Iowa State connected on 17 of 41 3-point shot attempts. Both the makes and attempts are Iowa State school records.
Having to overcome a slow start and a one point lead at halftime, the Kansas State Wildcats (23-5, 12-3 Big 12) dominated Texas Tech (9-17, 2-13 Big 12) late and won 75-55.
With the win, K-State remains tied for first place in the Big 12 with cross state rival Kansas.
The Wildcats trailed 44-42 midway through the second half, and promptly went in a 20-5 run to take control of the contest, highlited by 11 straight points from reserve forward Nino Williams. Williams finished with 11 points, and K-State was led by sophomore forward Thomas Gipson who scored 20. Dusty Hannahs led the Red Raiders with 14 points. Kansas State next plays at Baylor Saturday night in Waco.