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Kansas beats Iowa State in Big 12 action

Jan 13, 2011 - 4:54 AM Ames, IA (Sports Network) - The Morris twins combined for 50 points and 24 rebounds as third-ranked Kansas took an 84-79 win over Iowa State in Big 12 action.

Marcus Morris had 33 points and 13 rebounds while Markieff Morris added 17 points and 11 boards for the Jayhawks (16-0, 1-0 Big 12), who have won 20 straight conference-openers dating back to the 1991-92 campaign with 13 of those on the road.

Diante Garrett had 27 points and five assists while Jamie Vanderbeken had 19 and eight rebounds for the Cyclones (13-4, 0-2), who have dropped their past two following a seven-game winning streak.

Trailing by six to start the second half, the Cyclones made it a one-point game, 48-47, on a Vanderbeken three-pointer.

Josh Selby, though, countered with a three-pointer of his own and the Jayhawks scored the next eight points to build the lead back to nine on a Marcus Morris layup with just over 13 minutes to play.

Kansas built its lead back to 12, but Iowa State didn't go away quietly as the team chipped away at the deficit with Darion Anderson's three-ball with 7 1/2 minutes to play getting the team to within three, 68-65.

Markieff and Marcus Morris answered with layups and Iowa State went close to three minutes without a basket until Garrett made a layup.

After the teams exchanged baskets, the Cyclones again went cold shooting and baskets from both of the twins made it a nine-point game with just over a minute to go to seal the win.

The Jayhawks never trailed in the game as the team opened the contest with a 10-2 run ended on a Marcus Morris slam just under three minutes in.

Iowa State kept it close over the next several minutes and trailed by two after Garrett's jumper made it a 26-24 game with under eight minutes to play in the half.

Kansas, though, scored the next nine points to give itself some breathing room and eventually took a 40-34 lead into the break.

Game Notes

Iowa State hosts Baylor on Saturday...Kansas returns home to face Nebraska on Saturday...Kansas leads the all-time series, 169-58, having won the past 11 meetings...Kansas shot 46.9 percent in the game while Iowa State made 42.3 percent of its shots.