"I shouldn't have dunked that ball," Johnson said. "I should have dribbled that ball out."
For all the talk concerning Self's quest for win No. 500, this game seemed destined to hinge upon whether Iowa State, one of the nation's best offenses, could score enough on the stingy Jayhawks, the nation's leader in field goal percentage defense entering play.
As it turned out, both teams had little trouble making shots until overtime.
That's when the Cyclones lost their touch.
Freshman Georges Niang beat the shot clock with a 3, Iowa State's 17th of the game, to give the Cyclones an 87-82 lead with 44.5 seconds left. But Johnson answered, and the Jayhawks went 6 of 7 from the field in overtime while Iowa State went 1 of 9.
"We just couldn't get stops at the end of the game," Lucious said. "It's hard. We feel like we had the game won."
For Iowa State, this loss was painfully similar to the one in Lawrence on Jan. 9.
Ben McLemore banked in a late 3 to force overtime of a game the Cyclones had controlled throughout. The Jayhawks prevailed, and though the Cyclones bounced back they certainly didn't forget their lost night in Lawrence.
But with March just around the corner, Iowa State and the rest of the league is chasing the Jayhawks — again.
"We've played this team two times to overtime, a top 5 team in the country. It's unfortunate that we walk away with zero wins against them," Hoiberg said.
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