It was one of those games you just get through, win and go home.
X Leads KU Over ISU, 73-59
Self is now 400-146 in his 17th season of coaching at the division I level. He is 193-41 in his seventh year at KU. Self was 55-54 in four years at Oral Roberts, 74-27 in three seasons at Tulsa and 78-24 in three years at Illinois before coming to Kansas.
Henry scored eight points in each half en route to his best scoring effort in the last 16 games. Three other Jayhawks scored exactly 11 points with double-double efforts from both Cole Aldrich (11 points and 12 rebounds) and Marcus Morris (11 points and 10 rebounds). Sherron Collins scored 11 and added five assists without a turnover in 37 minutes of play.
Iowa State had four players score in double figures, paced by Craig Brackins, who registered 18 points, while adding 10 rebounds. Justin Hamilton also had a double-double for the Cyclones with 11 points and 12 rebounds.
Trailing 35-26 at halftime, Iowa State pulled within 40-38 before the Jayhawks went on a 14-0 run over the next 3:20 to gain a 54-38 advantage with less than 10 minutes left.
The run turned into a 21-3 streak for the Jayhawks as Tyshawn Taylor's layup put KU ahead 61-41 with less than eight minutes left.
KU pounded the ball inside on the night registering 34 points in the paint to Iowa State's 14 inside points. KU shot just 42 percent from the field, but performed well at the free throw line with 10 of 12 shooting. Meanwhile ISU shot just 34 percent from the field.
Collins controlled the first half for KU scoring eight points and handing out four assists without a turnover in 19 minutes of play. Midway through the period backcourt mate Henry sparked the Jayhawks. With the score tied at 15, Henry took control scoring eight straight points – on a lay-up and consecutive three-pointers - for KU as the Jayhawks moved ahead 23-16.
An Iowa State basket cut the margin to 23-19, but the Cyclones would not get any closer the rest of the first half. Collins scored on a drive at the end of the period to send KU into the locker room with a 35-26 lead.
Kansas's 24-1 record is the best for a Jayhawk team since the 1996-97 team was 34-1. The Jayhawks also won their 10th conference game marking double-digit conference wins for the 16th straight season and 48th overall.
The Jayhawks have a quick turnaround traveling to play at Texas A&M as part of ESPN's Big Monday television package. It marks the second of three straight weeks KU will play on Big Monday.
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