No. 7 Iowa St. 79, No. 6 Kansas 71

Saturday, February 17th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

AMES, Iowa (AP) _ Freshmen Jake Sullivan and Shane Power helped Iowa State shoot down Kansas again.

Sullivan made six 3-pointers in scoring a season-high 22 points, Power added 18 points with four 3s and Jamaal Tinsley created havoc with his quick hands as No. 7 Iowa State beat No. 6 Kansas 79-71 Saturday.

Iowa State (22-3, 10-2 Big 12) won a ninth straight conference game for the first time in school history and remained alone in first place, two games ahead of Kansas, which played without starter Drew Gooden and key reserve Luke Axtell, both injured.

Kansas (19-5, 8-4) lost for the fourth time in six games despite shooting 57.7 percent. But the Jayhawks couldn't overcome their 22 turnovers and Iowa State's 10-for-19 3-point shooting.

Tinsley, who returned Thursday after spending four days at home in Brooklyn, N.Y. with his ailing grandmother, made only 1-of-13 shots. He made up for it other ways, finishing with 11 assists and six steals and making 9-of-12 free throws to score 11 points.

It was Iowa State's fifth straight victory over Kansas, the first time in coach Roy Williams' 13 seasons the Jayhawks have lost five consecutive games to a conference opponent. The last league foe to accomplish that was Oklahoma State from 1982-84.

Jeff Boschee led Kansas with 19 points before fouling out on a reach in against Tinsley with 1:34 left. Kenny Gregory scored 16, while Kirk Hinrich and Eric Chenowith each had 13.

Sullivan made six straight 3-point shots during one stretch, the final two coming during a 9-0 run that opened the game up after Iowa State led just 40-38 early in the second half.

Tinsley set up the first 3 by stripping the ball from Hinrich and feeding Sullivan in the left corner. Less than two minutes later, Sullivan flashed across the lane, caught the ball, turned and swished a fadeway 3 from the left side, making it 49-38.

Kansas never got closer than five points after that and the lead grew to 70-56 before the Jayhawks made a final run. Hinrich and Boschee each hit a 3 and Chenowith scored on a follow shot to draw the Jayhawks to 74-68 with 1:19 left.

But Kantrail Horton and Power each sank two free throws and Paul Shirley made one to nail it down for Iowa State, which dribbled out the final 15 seconds.

Sullivan hit four straight 3s midway through the first half, the final two starting a 10-0 run that gave the Cyclones a 24-15 lead. Iowa State never gave up the lead again, though Kansas stayed within striking distance, pulling to 37-36 at halftime on Hinrich's 3-pointer at the buzzer.