LAWRENCE, KS - FEBRUARY 04: Darrell Bowie #10, left, of the Iowa State Cyclones and teammate Monte Morris #11 try to keep the ball away from Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk #10 of the Kansas Jayhawks on February 4, 2017 at Allen Field House in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Reed Hoffmann/Getty Images)
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Iowa State comes back to shock No. 3 Kansas in overtime

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Iowa State fought back from a 15-point deficit to force overtime and shocked Kansas with a 92-89 Big 12 road win at Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday. Svi Mykhailiuk missed the potential game-tying three-pointer at the buzzer as the Big 12 race grew a lot more interesting with a loss for the Jayhawks.

The Cyclones (14-8, 6-4) were able to get back in this one thanks to three 20-point scorers as Deonte Burton (29 points), Monte Morris (25 points) and Naz Mitrou-Long (22 points) all got hot. Those three helped the Cyclones hit 18 three-pointers — setting a new school record — as the Jayhawks lost for only the 10th time in Allen Fieldhouse under Bill Self.

This win is humongous for Iowa State because it’s a signature victory for its NCAA tournament campaign. Iowa State was 0-5 against RPI top-25 teams and 2-7 against top-50 teams. Beating Kansas is a huge win, especially since it came on the road and snapped such a huge winning streak.

Now the Cyclones don’t have to worry about facing Kansas again in conference play and they only have one game each with Baylor and West Virginia. That gives Iowa State a chance to add more wins and improve its seeding as we get closer to March.

The Cyclones at one point went 14 minutes without a rebound in the first half and could have easily rolled over. Instead they fought back and hit shots in one of the toughest environments in college basketball. A senior-laden team is supposed to do that sort of thing and this comeback is the mark of a veteran team who isn’t scared to fight.

Iowa State still needs to improve on the glass and get more stops on defense but they have the scoring pop to make big comebacks like this and Morris continues to be one of college basketball’s best big-game players.

The Jayhawks (20-3, 9-2) had a lot of uncharacteristic mistakes on Saturday as they squandered this opportunity for a win. Kansas had 21 turnovers and they missed a couple of key late free throws that could have really helped at the end of both regulation and overtime.

To lose this one even as senior guard Frank Mason continued his Player of the Year campaign is tough. Mason went for 32 points as he was 8-for-11 from the field and 10-for-12 from the free-throw line but it wasn’t enough for a depleted Kansas team. It should be noted that Mason started 8-for-8 from the field but he missed the potential game-winner in regulation and went scoreless in overtime.

Mykhailiuk finished with 17 points while Josh Jackson (15 points) and Devonte Graham (11 points) both finished in double-figures.

Kansas is now tied with Baylor in the loss column in the Big 12, but the Bears find themselves in trouble against Kansas State in the second half in a conference game on Saturday afternoon.

Iowa State is the only team to beat Bill Self twice at Allen Fieldhouse as this was the first home loss for Kansas since losing to San Diego State during the 2013-14 season. It snapped a 54-game winning streak for Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse.

No. 2 Kansas utilizes mismatches to outlast Iowa State

AMES, IA - JANUARY 16: Frank Mason III #0 of the Kansas Jayhawks battles for the ball with Monte Morris #11 of the Iowa State Cyclones, and Matt Thomas #21 of the Iowa State Cyclones in the first half of play at Hilton Coliseum on January 16, 2017 in Ames, Iowa. (Photo by David Purdy/Getty Images)
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Kansas used its size advantage to pound the glass as the Jayhawks outlasted Iowa State for a 76-72 Big 12 road win on Monday.

Using only a seven-man rotation once again, Kansas (17-1, 6-0) used its size advantage on the interior and on the wings to crush the Cyclones on the boards as they outrebounded Iowa State 41-22. With a huge advantage on the interior, Kansas focused on working the ball inside-out as they shot 54 percent from the floor.

Kansas did a great job of finding mismatches on the offensive end and had a balanced scoring effort as all seven players scored between 16 and six points. Senior Frank Mason paced the Jayhawks with 16 points and chipped in six rebounds while Landen Lucas (14 points), Svi Mykhailiuk (13 points) and Carlton Bragg (10 points) all finished in double figures.

Iowa State (11-6, 3-3) was able to hang with Kansas for the entire game but they just couldn’t get over the hump every time they would cut the lead to around four points. The Cyclones tried to use a little bit of Hilton Magic to make a late charge, as Monte Morris (23 points) made two free throws to cut the Kansas lead to three with under 20 seconds left but it ultimately wasn’t enough.

With Iowa State lacking the size to matchup with Kansas, the Cyclone offense had a lot of one-and-done possessions since they had no offensive rebounders that were a threat. The Kansas perimeter defense limited Iowa State to a lot of contested jumpers as the Cyclones shot 33.3 percent (9-for-27) three-point shooting. Deonte Burton added 21 points for Iowa State while Naz Mitrou-Long added 18 points.

It’s never easy to win at Iowa State, so the Jayhawks will certainly take this win and be happy with it as they just seem to have a huge matchup advantage against the Cyclones this season.

No. 20 Iowa State beats Mount St. Mary’s 73-55

DENVER, CO - MARCH 19:  Monte Morris #11 of the Iowa State Cyclones celebrates with teammate Matt Thomas #21 in the first half against the Arkansas Little Rock Trojans during the second round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the Pepsi Center on March 19, 2016 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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AMES, Iowa (AP) Iowa State coach Steve Prohm said last month that forward Deonte Burton’s goal should be to get a double-double every game.

Burton got his first one out of the way Monday night, helping the 20th-ranked Cyclones through their first bout of minor adversity this season.

Monte Morris scored 18 points, Matt Thomas added 13 and Iowa State beat Mount St. Mary’s 73-55.

Burton had 10 points and 13 rebounds for the Cyclones (2-0), who’ve won their first two games by an average of 30 points.

“He’s made such great strides. I’m very, very proud of him. But now he’s got to continue to push himself to make the next step,” Prohm said.

Mount St. Mary’s (0-2) got within 10 early in the second half, but six Cyclones scored during a 15-1 run that put the game out of reach.

Iowa State outrebounded Mount St. Mary’s 50-38, but it also shot an uncharacteristic 4 of 16 from 3-point range.

Nick Weiler-Babb scored 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting and pulled down five rebounds for the Cyclones.

“It was a win. It probably wasn’t our best performance offensively. At times defensively also,” Morris said.

Elijah Long, the brother of Iowa State’s Naz Mitrou-Long, had 19 points to lead the Mountaineers.

BIG PICTURE

Iowa State: Through two games, it’s clear the rebuilt Cyclones have a ton of talent – and they’re much deeper than they were a year ago. But fans won’t start to find out if that will translate vs. top competition until next week, when the Iowa State travels to Orlando for a tournament that could include a matchup with No. 14 Gonzaga.

Mount St. Mary’s: Long finally got to play against his brother with roughly 20 family members in attendance – and Elijah helped his team keep it respectable. The Mountaineers showed some fight too, pushing the Cyclones after falling behind by 17 at halftime.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Iowa State jumped up four spots on Monday simply by throttling Savannah State on Friday. A few more blowouts and a few more losses by teams ahead of the Cyclones could help Iowa State inch further up the poll.

SIMEON’S SUSPENSION

Iowa State announced before the game that reserve Simeon Carter had been suspended three games for violating team rules. It’s yet another setback for the once-promising recruit, who appears to be out of Prohm’s rotation for the second year in a row.

HONORING DEJEAN-JONES

Iowa State honored former player Bryce Dejean-Jones, who was killed over the summer after a promising rookie season with the New Orleans Pelicans, by wearing warmup shirts with his number. “A lot of people that didn’t know him probably had their own opinion of him. But me personally, starting with the guy and seeing how he carried himself and preparing for games, it was big time,” said Morris, who played with Dejean-Jones in 2014-15.

UP NEXT

Iowa State hosts The Citadel on Sunday, and there’s little doubt ball movement will be on the agenda in practice this week. The Cyclones had just 14 assists on 30 baskets.

Mount St. Mary’s continues a brutal stretch of nine road games to start 2016-17 when it plays Minnesota on Wednesday.

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Iowa State wearing uniform patches to honor Bryce Dejean-Jones

MORGANTOWN, WV - JANUARY 10:  Bryce Dejean-Jones #13 of the Iowa State Cyclones can't come up with the inbound against Gary Browne #14 of the West Virginia Mountaineers at the WVU Coliseum on January 10, 2015 in Morgantown, West Virginia.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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Iowa State will wear uniform patches and warm-up shirts to honor the life of former Cyclone star Bryce Dejean-Jones on Monday night.

The guard was a key piece for the Cyclones in 2014-15 as a graduate transfer from UNLV as he helped Iowa State to a strong season and Big 12 tournament title. The undrafted Dejean-Jones went on to sign and play with the New Orleans Pelicans during last season.

Dejean-Jones was killed last May when he entered the wrong apartment looking for his ex-girlfriend as he was shot and killed during a struggle.

Iowa State lands four-star Class of 2017 guard Lindell Wigginton

GREENVILLE, SC- July 9, 2016:  adidas Gauntlet Finale at Upward Stars Center (Jeff Hinds/adidas)
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Iowa State has its point guard of the future as four-star Class of 2017 prospect Lindell Wigginton pledged to the Cyclones on Friday.

The 6-foot-1 Wigginton is regarded as the No. 40 overall prospect on Rivals.com as the Canadian has spent the last few seasons at powerhouse Oak Hill Academy. With an ability to play both guard spots and defend a few spots, Wigginton is a valuable addition to head coach Steve Prohm’s ballclub as Wigginton could help replace Monte Morris after he exhausts his eligibility.

Wigginton is going to need to improve his consistency on his perimeter jumper, but he’s a good pull-up scorer who can make plays for himself or others off the bounce. Iowa State’s Class of 2017 recruiting haul now includes Wigginton, four-star wing Terrence Lewis and three-star guard Darius McNeill.

This commitment is huge for Prohm as Wigginton is the most highly-regarded recruit that he has landed with the Cyclones. With Prohm’s point guard history with guys like Isaiah Canaan at Murray State and Monte Morris now with Iowa State, Prohm did a nice job of finding his next young guard to mold for the future.

VIDEO: 2017 power forward Isaiah Stokes shatters backboard

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As the younger brother of former Tennessee power forward Jarnell Stokes, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that 2017 power forward Isaiah Stokes plays with similar authority. At one point a dual-sport athlete with football also getting attention, the younger Stokes has decided to focus on basketball with a host of high major programs looking to land his commitment. And Thursday afternoon at the adidas Summer Championships in Las Vegas, Stokes displayed the strength and power he’s been known for.

Late in the M33M Elite program’s win over the Iowa Barnstormers, Stokes threw down a two-handed dunk that shattered the backboard and can be seen above. Stokes fell onto the chards of glass that accumulated under the basket, and he needed three stitches to close up a wound on his left pinky finger. Stokes told ESPN.com that while he had intentions of breaking the backboard, he “didn’t think I’d be able to do it.”

Games on that court were delayed for a couple hours due to the clean-up process and the need to bring in a replacement basket. According to ESPN.com Stokes is down to five schools: Memphis, Tennessee, Florida, Iowa State and South Carolina.