Iowa State Cyclones player Percy Gibson (24) and Kansas Jayhawks player Ben McLemore (23) battle for the rebound in the first half at Hilton Coliseum. / Reese Strickland, USA TODAY Sports
AMES, Iowa. -- Maybe Iowa State and Kansas are just destined to play overtime games.
It happened again on Big Monday at Hilton Coliseum, five weeks after they played an extra-session thriller at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas.
The result was the same, too, sixth-ranked Kansas owning the extra five minutes to the tune of 18-6, this time for a 108-96 overtime victory against a Cyclone outfit that led by five points with 44.5 seconds left in regulation.
Iowa State led 87-82, then fell victim to Elijah Johnson, who took the game over with Kansas' next eight points.
The final two were free throws with 4.9 seconds to play, and they came as the result of a frantic exchange underneath the basket that left a raucous 14,376-fan sellout up in arms.
Johnson drove into the lane and collided with the Cyclones' George Niang. Much to the Hilton faithful's chagrin, no charge was called, and the gripes were compounded when Niang was whistled for a foul as he and Johnson scrambled for the ball on the ground.
"I can't get too much into that call," Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg said.
What's inarguable, however, is that this contest was another Big 12 Conference classic.
There were 18 lead changes during a game in which Johnson scored 30 of his 39 points after halftime - and 10 in the overtime.
"He was unbelievable," Kansas coach Bill Self said. "He was the best player in the country tonight.
"I've had a guy get 30 before, but never get 30 in a half."
It was one of those thrilling games that happen every so often â?? a game that included Iowa State's Korie Lucious taking part of the responsibility for Johnson's big game.
"I need to step up my defense," Lucious said.
Self received his first technical foul in two seasons â?? long before getting his 500th career win.
Self's 400th career victory as a collegiate coach also came against the Cyclones.
Strange happenings? Cyclone Korie Lucious' intended second-half lob pass to Ejim went in the basket.
Iowa State made a whopping 17 3-point baskets â?? while taking an eye-popping 41 long-range shots.
Indeed, it was strange, as Iowa State fans left stunned.
The Cyclones' records fell to 9-6 in the Big 12 and 19-9 overall, while Kansas improved to 24-4 and 12-3.
The game was sent beyond regulation after Lucious' shot missed at the horn.
Afterward, Johnson regretted a breakaway dunking with just a few ticks left on the overtime clock.
"I got caught up in the moment," he said. "I want to apologize to them."
Lucious led Iowa State with 23 points, and Tyrus McGee scored 22.
The Cyclones entered the game leading the nation with an average of 9.2 successes a game from behind the 3-point arc.
"It was unbelievable we were even in the game after they shot that well," Self said.
Kansas raced to a 100-92 lead in the overtime, and then succumbed momentarily to Iowa State's full court pressure, the Cyclones cutting their deficit to 100-96 with 1:32 left.
Johnson - who else? - made a 3-point basket just before the shot clock expired, giving Kansas a 103-96 victory. That took momentum away from Iowa State.
"We felt like we had the game won," Lucious said. "We couldn't get stops at the end of the game. Again, we had a couple lapses on defense that allowed them to win the game."
"We played a top five team in the country in overtime again," Hoiberg said. "I'm spent."
Peterson writes for The Des Moines Register.
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