Freshman G Ben McLemore Shines In Kansas’ Thrilling OT Win Over Iowa State
The Iowa State Cyclones are the only team in the nation to score at least 70 points in every game this season. Unfortunately for head coach Fred Hoiberg and company, the Cyclones were outscored 18-10 in overtime against the Kansas Jayhawks on Wednesday night.
The game wouldn’t have even gone to overtime if it hadn’t been for freshman guard Ben McLemore’s ridiculous three-point bank shot with 1.3 seconds to go in regulation.
Overall, McLemore scored a career high 33 points on 7-7 shooting from the line and 6-6 shooting from three point-land. For McLemore, the performance elevated his national profile, as he’s looked like a potential NBA lottery pick thus far through his redshirt freshman season. He also opened the extra period with a three-pointer as the Jayhawks went on a 13-0 run.
For Kansas, the victory extended their home winning streak to 31 games. They’ve also won 100 of their last 101 contests in Allen Fieldhouse as well.
Head coach Bill Self certainly has a loaded roster down in Lawrence. Aside from McLemore, there’s Travis Releford, Jeff Withey, Elijah Johnson and many others that all compliment each other wonderfully.
But, the defining story is definitely McLemore. On the season, the St. Louis, MO native is averaging 15.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. What’s more impressive is that he’s shooting 48.3 percent from the field, 40 percent from three-point range and 87.8 percent from the foul line. That’s almost 50/40/90. He’s a freshman.
As the Jayhawks look to maintain their high national ranking and seeding in the Big 12, look for McLemore to play to play a prominent role in his team’s success.
Jake Fischer is the CAA Correspondent for Rant Sports-NCAA Basketball. Make sure to follow Jake on Twitter @JakeLFischer.