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AMES — Iowa State trailed No. 13 Kansas 78-66 with 3 minutes, 8 seconds left in Tuesday night’s game.

It looked like the Cyclones were going to pack it in.

“We’ve been down 12, 14 the last couple of weeks and we broke,” coach Steve Prohm said. “We’re down 12 at the last media timeout and we’re at the free throw line to cut it to three with about 25 seconds left. I’m proud of our guys and the way we finished the game, but we weren’t good enough on the defensive end.”

Kansas (20-6, 9-4) slipped away from Hilton Coliseum with an 83-77 win in large part because Iowa State (13-12, 4-9) made too many correctable mistakes.

The Cyclones had no answer for Kansas 7-footer Udoka Azubuike, who went 9-for-10 from the floor for 19 points. Kansas ran the same back-screen ally-oop to Azubuike two times in two minutes.

“It’s frustrating because, defensively, we weren’t good enough to win this game,” Prohm said. “I know it and our guys know it.”

Iowa State’s big men had success, too, as Cameron Lard had 19 points and 11 rebounds and Solomon Young had 12 points and 7 rebounds.

But Prohm wanted to get more easy post touches, especially for Lard.

“We have got to throw it in there,” Prohm said. “Play out of the post. Go inside out and then you have opportunities for Lindell (Wigginton) and Donovan (Jackson). (Lard’s) shooting 60-something percent from the floor, and they’re having a tough time guarding him.”

Iowa State had a hard time getting its dynamic guards going the whole game. Jackson and Wigginton combined to shoot 0-for-6 in the first half.

Wigginton finished with 12 points on 3 of 12 shooting from the field and 1 of 7 from 3-point range. Jackson finished with three points on 1 of 9 shooting and 1 of 6 from beyond the arc.

“You just have to make two or three and it’s a different game,” Prohm said.

Kansas 83, Iowa St. 77

KANSAS (20-6) — Azubuike 9-10 1-1 19, Graham 3-16 6-9 13, Vick 6-10 0-1 16, Mykhailiuk 3-10 2-2 10, Newman 6-10 3-4 17, De Sousa 1-2 1-2 3, Lightfoot 1-1 0-0 2, Cunliffe 0-0 0-0 0, Garrett 1-3 1-2 3. Totals 30-62 14-21 83.

IOWA ST. (13-12) — Lard 7-11 5-6 19, Talley 7-11 0-1 15, S.Young 5-7 2-2 12, Wigginton 3-12 5-5 12, Jackson 1-9 0-1 3, Beverly 1-1 0-0 2, Long 0-1 0-0 0, Weiler-Babb 5-7 4-7 14. Totals 29-59 16-22 77.

Halftime—Kansas 39-34. 3-point goals—Kansas 9-25 (Vick 4-7, Mykhailiuk 2-5, Newman 2-5, Graham 1-7, Garrett 0-1), Iowa St. 3-16 (Talley 1-2, Jackson 1-6, Wigginton 1-7, Long 0-1). Fouled out—Wigginton, Newman. Rebounds—Kansas 26 (Newman 6), Iowa St. 35 (Lard 11). Assists—Kansas 14 (Graham 5), Iowa St. 16 (Weiler-Babb, Wigginton 5). Total fouls—Kansas 20, Iowa St. 18.

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