Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Perry Ellis came off the bench to score 23
points on 10-of-12 shooting, as seventh-ranked Kansas pulled away in the
second half for an 88-73 win over Iowa State in the semifinals of the Big 12
Jeff Withey and Elijah Johnson each added 14 points for the top-seeded
Jayhawks (28-5), who will face either Oklahoma State or Kansas State in
Saturday's title game. Ben McLemore ended with 10 points for Kansas, which
beat the Cyclones for the 16th time in the last 17 meetings.
Georges Niang scored 19 points and Melvin Ejim added 17 for Iowa State
(22-11), which had won three in a row entering Friday's contest. The Cyclones
upended Oklahoma in Thursday's quarterfinals.
Iowa State led by as many as eight points in the first half, although that was
early at 12-4 following a 3-pointer from Ejim.
The Jayhawks pushed ahead for good following eight consecutive points. Naadir
Tharpe capped the burst with a layup with 2:26 left for a 32-26 difference.
Kansas held a 35-31 edge at the break thanks to Travis Releford's 3-pointer in
the closing seconds.
The Jayhawks took over by shooting an astonishing 18-of-26 (69.2 percent) from
the field in the second half, while holding the Cyclones to 42.9 percent.
Kansas used a 17-6 run early in the period to assume a 55-39 cushion.
Iowa State didn't get closer than nine points the rest of the way.
Kansas dominated the points in the paint, 50-32 ... Tyrus McGee had 12 points
for Iowa State ... Kansas advanced to its 10th Big 12 title game and 18th
overall league tourney championship tilt.
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