Wow, what a finish to a great game at Allen Fieldhouse tonight against the Iowa State Cyclones and the Kansas Jayhawks. There was a Cyclone in the Phog tonight and without the banked in three by Ben McLemore, Iowa State would have went home with a impressive victory. The Jayhawks led most of the way in the first half, but had a late collapse and saw a eight point lead diminished to a four point lead at the half.
The second half was all about the Cyclones until the final second. Iowa State had a 14-1 run to take control over the game and hit some clutch shots to teeter on the brink of an upset. The Cyclones had six players score in double figures and shot 38 threes making 14 of them. The leadership of Korie Lucious was very impressive from the tip to the final buzzer.
Lucious had a chance to seal the game with a one and one free-throw but missed which led to a basket by Kansas. With the three’s going up and the rebounding of the glass it looked like this was the night the Jayhawks would lose at home.
With one second left on the clock, the super sensation red-shirt freshmen, McLemore shot a three that we will be talking about for weeks off the glass to tie the game and send it into overtime. McLemore scored 33 points in this wild tough fought out game. The last few seconds the fans were off their seats holding their breath and watched another three to save the day. It reminded me and others about that great shot by Mario Chalmers in the national title game that gave the Jayhawks the victory in overtime.
With a double double by Jeff Whitey and the leadership by the Seniors in overtime the Jayhawks came out the victor. All the praise goes to Ben who I believe is the best freshmen in the league and maybe even the best player in the nation. Ben scored 33 points and was on fire from the three and my son has his autograph.
Fans of the Jayhawks everywhere can go to sleep a little better and can thank Ben for keeping the Home Streak alive.