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ANSAS 89, IOWA STATE 70

February 8, 1996

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Haase's night: Kansas junior Jerod Haase tied a career high with eight assists in Kansas' 89-70 victory over Iowa State on Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse. He also scored seven points and had two steals in 29 minutes.

Junior center Scot Pollard who accepted several feeds from Haase and Jacque Vaughn, scored 20 points.

"I'm always trying to look inside. With the guys on our team, you'd be crazy not to," Haase said. "The higher percentage shot is down low. You get it to Scot and Raef and they will shoot it in."

Haase held ISU's Dedric Willoughby to five points on 2-of-7 shooting the first half. Willoughby finished with 24 points on 8-of-19 shooting.

"He's a good player. What I tried to do is what I try to do against all the players in the Big Eight, limit his touches," Haase said.

The Cyclones used a spread offense the first half in an attempt to draw some 1-1 matchups and perhaps limit turnovers. ISU had nine turnovers to the Jayhawks' 14.

"I think it was a good idea, trying to limit the number of possessions," Haase said. "I guess I was a little surprised, but in the flow of the game you don't have time to be too surprised."

The Jayhawks hit 17 of 26 shots the second half for 65.4 percent. KU finished at 57.8 percent to ISU's 41.3 mark.

"It was very productive," Haase said of the offense. "We played solid defense and got good shots."

Big Eight race: Kansas (19-1, 7-0) has a two-game lead over Iowa State (16-5, 5-2) in the Big Eight standings.

"The game was for first place," KU's Vaughn said. "We have a little cushion now, but we can't relax for long."

KU travels to Missouri Saturday for a 3:05 p.m. tip.

"It feels good to go through the first half of the league undefeated," said Vaughn, who had eight points and eight assists in 32 minutes. "It sets up a challenge for us, to continue this the second half. I think our team will take it in stride."

Injuries: It took four stitches to close a cut over Ryan Robertson's left eye. He was elbowed by Pollard late in the game. Also, point guard Calvin Rayford bruised his left knee and strained his right foot crashing into a chair on the ISU bench with just 20 seconds remaining.

KU trainer Mark Cairns said Rayford, who had two points and two assists in eight minutes, would not need X-rays. Rayford sat out all last season rehabbing from left knee surgery.

Radar: Billy Thomas hit two consecutive threes during a 15-0 second-half run that upped a four-point lead to 19.

"I could feel it getting loud in there," Thomas said, referring to the roar in Allen Fieldhouse created by his long-range baskets. "It gives us more momentum when the fans get loud like that."

Of KU's strong play in the second half of games -- KU outscored ISU 49-34, Thomas said, "It's a tribute to our coaching staff. They put out there what we need to do better and we do it. We know we can eventually wear teams out with our big guys."

Stats, facts: KU is 19-1 for the first time since the 1989-90 season. KU is 7-0 in the Big Eight for the first time since 1974. ... KU has won 12 straight games, the longest streak since 1993-94. KU won 19 straight to open the 1989-90 season. ... KU is 4-0 against nationally-ranked teams, also beating Utah, Virginia and UCLA. KU had not met a ranked team since Dec. 2. ... KU had a school record 14 blocks, the old mark 13 in 1976 against Montana State. ... Raef LaFrentz scored in double figures for the 10th straight game. He went 1-2 from three-point land and is 2-3 for the year. ...

-- Gary Bedore

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