LAWRENCE, Kan. – Freshman Ben McLemore had a season-high 33 points, including a tying 3-pointer with a second left in regulation, and No. 6 Kansas rallied to beat Iowa State 97-89 in overtime Wednesday night.
McLemore was 10-for-12 from the field and perfect on six 3-pointers for the Jayhawks (13-1, 1-0 Big 12), who scored the first nine points of overtime to wrap up their 12th straight win.
Iowa State (10-4, 0-1) poured in 14 3-pointers and had a 79-76 lead after two free throws by Korie Lucious with 8.4 seconds left in regulation. But Cyclones coach Fred Hoiberg chose not to foul, and McLemore banked in a long 3-pointer with one second on the clock to force overtime.
McLemore, who also made a key four-point play late in the game, added another 3-pointer to open overtime.
Jeff Withey finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Cheyenne High product Elijah Johnson and Travis Releford added 12 points each for the Jayhawks, who have won 22 straight league openers.AROUND THE NATION
• GOPHERS GROUND ILLINI – At Champaign, Ill., Joe Coleman scored 29 points to help No. 8 Minnesota (15-1, 3-0 Big Ten) to an 84-67 victory over No. 12 Illinois. Joseph Bertrand pulled the Fighting Illini (14-3, 1-2) to within 44-42 on a short jumper with 12:37 left, but the physical matchup took its toll on Illinois.
• ORANGE RALLY – At Providence, R.I., C.J. Fair scored 23 points with 11 rebounds, and No. 7 Syracuse (15-1, 3-0 Big East) rallied from a nine-point, first-half deficit to pull out a 72-66 victory over Providence (8-7, 0-3).