On the road and looking to send the nation a message, the Cyclones were seemingly keeping the Jayhawks at bay throughout the second half, clinging to a lead that rocked back and forth between one and two possessions.
However, with under ten seconds to play, Iowa State left the door open with a three point lead. Kansas freshman Ben McLemore took advantage, well sort of.
McLemore got the ball just to the left of the top of the key and let it fly. The shot banked home and sent Allen Fieldhouse into pandemonium. Devastated at their missed opportunity in regulation, Iowa State couldn’t handle the momentum and push from the sixth-ranked Jayhawks after that, succumbing on the road by a final score of 97-89.
Take a look at McLemore’s game-tying three below:
The story of the game however, is all about McLemore, but not just his heroic shot late in the contest.
The star freshman, who is soaring up NBA Draft boards as a potential top five selection, was 10-of-12 from the field, including a perfect 6-of-6 from beyond the arc. McLemore finished with a career-high 33 points.
Kansas will look to keep things rolling this weekend as the 13-1 Jayhawks hit the road to Texas Tech on Saturday. Kansas has not lost since Nov. 13, rattling off 12 consecutive wins since.
Paul Seaver is the College Basketball Network Manager at Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter: @PaulSeaverRS