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Taken by storm: Cyclone fans swamp floor to celebrate win over KU

Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor makes his way through the chaos on the court after Iowa State's 72-64 upset of the Jayhawks on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012 at Hilton Coliseum.

Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor makes his way through the chaos on the court after Iowa State's 72-64 upset of the Jayhawks on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012 at Hilton Coliseum.

January 29, 2012


Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews

KU coach Bill Self

Kansas coach Bill Self talks to reporters following the Jayhawks' 72-64 loss to Iowa State on Jan. 28, 2012.

Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews

Tyshawn Taylor and Thomas Robinson

KU players Tyshawn Taylor and Thomas Robinson talk to reporters following the Jayhawks' 72-64 loss to Iowa State on Jan. 28, 2012.

KU vs. Iowa State

Box score

— Hundreds of Iowa State students raced onto the court, swaying and singing the song “Sweet Caroline” before finally heading home after the unranked Cyclones’ 72-64 victory over No. 5 Kansas on Saturday afternoon at Hilton Coliseum.

There certainly was a lot for ISU (15-6, 5-3) to celebrate.

Such as ...

• Snapping a 13-game losing streak vs. KU, which fell to 17-4 overall and 7-1 in the conference.

• Beating KU for the first time in Ames in eight seasons.

• Downing a Top-10 team at home for the first time since a 79-71 victory over KU in the 2000-01 season.

• And overcoming a ranked team at home for the first time since a 96-78 victory over No. 25 Colorado during the 2005-06 season.

“It’s really frustrating, really tough. I don’t know how to put it into words, the feeling when everybody is out there like that,” KU junior center Jeff Withey said of fans swamping the court at the Jayhawks’ expense. “I think a ref got hurt. I hope he’s all right.”

No Jayhawks or Cyclones were hurt during the court-storming that took place at the final buzzer. ISU officials, however, indicated that ref Darron George hurt his wrist trying to escape the mass of bodies en route to the locker room.

He iced the wrist, but did not head to the hospital for X-rays or treatment.

“I kind of wanted to get in there, rushing in there and party with them,” ISU forward Royce White said after scoring 18 points and grabbing nine rebounds. “It was a good thing that they were excited. It was a good win for us.”

White scored nine points in a critical 15-6 run that turned a 53-52 Cyclone deficit into a 67-59 lead at :59.

“I think we did an above-average job on him,” KU coach Bill Self said. “We guarded their team better the second half and did a bad job on him (in the second half, when he had 14 points). He’s good. Obviously Jeff and Thomas (Robinson) had problems with him the second half.”

Self cited rebounding as a critical factor in KU’s first league loss.

“I think they ‘outmanned’ us,” Self said. “When your guards combine for four rebounds and there were so many long misses ... I thought their guards did a great job. McGee (Tyrus, six rebounds) kept a lot of balls alive.”

Withey had six boards and Robinson seven on a day KU was outboarded, 36-23. ISU also outrebounded KU by eight in the Jayhawks’ 82-73 home victory over the Cyclones on Jan. 14.

“They are all, ‘man plays,’” Withey said of grabbing rebounds.

The last time KU was outrebounded by 10 or more was by Oklahoma State (36-26) on Feb. 27, 2010. KU’s 23 boards were fewest since securing 23 at Kansas State last season.

“They crashed the glass,” said Robinson, who scored 13 points off 5-of-11 shooting. “I’m just not playing like me. I am not taking my time. I am not playing.”

Robinson missed a dunk try with 4:58 left, with KU down by just three points. He also misfired from the inside on KU’s opening two possessions.

“That’s not how he’s been playing. He labored today,” Self said of Robinson, adding that only Tyshawn Taylor had a good line statistically (16 points, 10 assists, two turnovers, 35 minutes).

KU led by as many as six points (45-39) with 16:52 to play. However, Scott Christopherson (14 points, 9-of-10 from line) had four points in an 11-4 surge to put the Cyclones (who led 37-34 at half) right back on top.

“We were up six and hadn’t played well,” Self said. “If you had told me before the game we’d be up six with 13, 14 minutes left, I’d say, ‘OK, I can live with that.’ Iowa State was so much better down the stretch. I don’t know if we played without poise ... I don’t think we responded great the final four minutes.”

The Jayhawks dropped their first road game in a rough stretch of four. The next three road contests are at Missouri, Baylor and Kansas State.

“We didn’t get off to a great start in what I told our guys is really the start of the conference season,” Self said. “It’s going to get hard. We have to tighten some things up. Sometimes maybe through a loss you can get their attention more than by winning ugly.”

KU will meet Oklahoma at 8 p.m. Wednesday in Allen Fieldhouse.


newmedia 6 years, 3 months ago

Remember, fans usually only storm the court when their team has no history of success. Forget that one and concentrate on Wednesday. Good luck.

Gerry Butler 6 years, 3 months ago

i agree. the iowa state fans storming the court just shows they don't know how to handle success. when you get the tradition of a winning program then you won't see fans storming the field after a win no matter. you don't see ku storming the floor after a win over top programs. you didn't see them stormin the court after the ohio state game. i'm just sayin. plus when yo have KANSAS written on your uniform or kentucky duke north carolina then that is THE GAME OF THE YEAR for them iowa state had only sold out 1 time before ku yesterday poi9nt proven. the game of the year those people don't care if they win another game or not. this is their NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. we have just got to gt some things straightened out we have a very touugh stretch coming. it was stated by our radio broadcasters that ku just looked lathargic . really no excuse to get out rebounded that badly.. we just have to let this one go and focus on the next game. do not over look oklahoma for missouri we do not have that luxury of bein good enough tio do that and i'm sure coach self will make them aware of that. GO HAWKS

fu7il3 6 years, 3 months ago

Wasn't it just a few years ago that the KU fans tore down the goal posts like four times in a season, once against Iowa State? Beating Iowa State's football team is much less of a triumph than Iowa State beating a KU basketball team.

Gerry Butler 6 years, 3 months ago

you just proved my point. totally different sport. very true iowa state is no power in football. i am sayin if your program like ku's in basketball is a powerhouse, and by the way iowa states is NOT in basketball. if you have established a winning tradition such as ku has in basketball then you don't storm the court after you win. when your in that position you EXPECT to win iso things like that just don't happen. now if you have a program like ku has in football if the other team is higher and its considered an upset or you've broken a string of losses then ya you storm the field. but again if your an established program in whatever sport you take your wins for granted again you don't see us storming the floor afte ohio state or duke or if we play any othe big time schools in basketball.

Alexander Smith 6 years, 3 months ago

Well I have been to many KU games, baskeball, football, baseball, etc.. I have also been to many Big 10 Games and KU has some of the worst fans ever when it comes to dealing with wins and especially loses. I will no longer go to some away games to certain cities because of how childish and disrepectful they act. If you want to see poor sportsmanship, watch the Jayhawk bench when they are blowing someone away.. chest bumping high fives, making gestures at the other team's players as they fly by. When they are losing, they look like sad children. They show no support to their team mates who are on the court. As soon as they start losing the hang their head or start chating with their bench mates about other things rather then focus on the team.

I am happy Iowa State won, KU needed a slap on the face and be brought back down to earth. Yes Iowa State does not have as many big wins as KU...but then again.. they are focused on providing a top notch education for their players and making sure they have success once college is over. KU does not believe in that. They need their player to make money and wins so they can pay Bill Self's outlandish pay.

goodsport 6 years, 3 months ago

I nearly fell out of my chair laughing when I hear a KU fan mumble the words, " storm the court when their team has no history of success"! Coming from Kansas?! Seriously? Tell me then why Kansas doesn't storm the field/court after every sporting event ever invented other than men's basketball? Just take the whipping you got yesterday like a man and keep your dignity - those comments belong in the comic section. And please, please, please.....stay in the conference. The KU game is the only "gimme" game left for everybody.

Jayhawk1958 6 years, 3 months ago

Who solicited your opinion? I wasn't speaking to you.

jaywalker 6 years, 3 months ago

Whipping? Always educational to be chastised by a fan of a team that has absolutely nothing to brag about whatsoever, and also doesn't actually know the game. The "gimme" comment is especially telling.

Robert Rauktis 6 years, 3 months ago

Gimme in basketball? You almost had a credibility until the last sentence.

Flap Doodle 6 years, 3 months ago

Want so cheese to go with that whine, jb?

theotherphogg 6 years, 3 months ago

Give credit where credit is due. Iowa St played a good game and White is a major talent. This year's Jayhawks are thin, depth-wise. Yet still, we are in every game. It's going to be a push to the finish but we are in good shape. Steal a couple of these upcoming road games ( I'm looking at you, mizzou ) and it will be business as usual, with yet another Big 12 crown. And I am not sure which sport 'goodsport' is referring to ( maybe Field Hockey ) but I am pretty sure Charlie Weis isn't going to be anybody's gimme game in the future.

crhawkfan 6 years, 3 months ago

I was at the game with my family and I can say from the get go it was going to be a tough game. We played into the Cyclones game. We were forcing the ball down low which is what they were expecting. Take some outside shots for a change guys. I know Withey and Robinson are good, but you can't keep going to them all the time. With all of the travels (on both teams) and poor execution it's hopefully a good eye opener for the team to refocus. Have a good game on Wednesday guys. Rock Chalk!

shotgun 6 years, 3 months ago

Jayballer, none of what you say matters. Sore looser. Your team got beat!

Gerry Butler 6 years, 3 months ago

well guess that goes to show you. you obviously no nothin . lmao. if your sayin the difference between when ku wins a big time game and not storming the court to when a team such as iowa state does storm then guess again it goes to show the difference between the two a winning ttradition compared to not so much, did we got beat? ya we got beat. did we deserve to get beat ? ya we deserved to get beat. it was on the raod in a tough enviroment always problems for us ther but again it just goes to show how much respect people have for ku. this game was only iowa states 2nd sellout of the year its that way wherever we go to play we are THE GAME of the year for that team at their place AND THEIR FANS dispute it i DARE YOU. if its not then tell me where are these fans the rest of the season> SERIOUSLY? REALLY? talk to me when you know something about the game. oh and uh ya tell me again who has the 3rd best record in the history of college basketball again. thanks for your time

grahambailey 6 years, 3 months ago

Just curious if any of those KU haters posted BEFORE the game how they were going to handle us? Might want to revisit that "man up" thing. ISU deserves a lot of credit for winning the game, their first in last nine tries. They played well and as displayed with their intenseness at Allen, are a strong team. And I agree, Goodsport may want to rethink his handle.

who_said_it 6 years, 3 months ago

I'm not surprised Iowa State beat us. They have a good team, and i'm pretty shocked they already have 3 conference losses. I think we'll be fine. Need better performance out of Teahan. Anyway, we're still a game up, and its going to be tough for other good teams to win at their place. Rock Chalk.

jaywalker 6 years, 3 months ago

Teahen's shot's gotta start fallin, that'd help alot. Outside shooting is often contagious, miss or make. If people are gonna collapse zone or double down on TRob, we've gotta be better from outside. And we need better production than 2 of 13 from the bench. That said, even the analysts saw ISU as a good chance for an upset. I'd have loved to get another W there to make the rest of the road schedule that much easier, but that's the way it goes.

Buckle your seat belts. The rest of the regular season's gonna be really, really tough.

Gerry Butler 6 years, 3 months ago

i agree who said it. coach self made the statement that he thought if a team wwent 14 and 4 in the conference they would definetely be in the hunt for the title so we are ok. we just need to maybe choose better shot selection at times during the game tyshawn still scares me even though he hass been better of late. he scares me every time he has the ball he gets himself in position sometimes where he has nowhere to go. over penetrates makes bad decisions at times but is doing better. this game was not a one man loss it was a TEAM LOSS we will be ok GO HAWKS

bballwizard 6 years, 3 months ago

jayballer 54. R U high or something or just know nothing about basketball. Tyshawn had 16 points; 2 steals, 10 assits and only 2 turnovers. I guess when "over penetrates" he makes an assist. Tyshawn was our best player yesterday when TROB was asleep. Coach should have let Tyshawn take over. Teahan is absolutely terrible and he is a walk on. You hear that a walk on and he is playing significant minutes for us. We have not depth and that is all you need to know about this team. We are going to lose to Baylor and MU and maybe kstate so our streak of Big 12 s could be over. If Tyshawn and Trob pick up there games we might pull it out

Brian Conrad 6 years, 3 months ago

Teahan is becoming a HUGE problem. PLEASE HCBS lower his minutes. play Tharpe a few and give few more to EJ. Teahan 7 minutes couple more for EJ and 5 to 7 for Nadir. will make for much better team by the tourney. Teahan has had 5 years. 7 extra minutes a game is not going to make him better for tourney time. He is great kid but, it is obvious the more minutes he plays the worse he shoots. I think he wants to make everyone happy and gives all he has on D then it takes the little edge off his shooting from being tired. Teahan will not help us next year or even later this year just from getting more minutes.. he should only get 5 to most ten minutes . Nadir will help us more by playing and learning. Teahan is not as good as EJ defensively . His terrible shooting is Killing the team. KU was up 2 with several minutes left. Conner runs down court , very early in shot clock , throws up 3 from hardest spot on the court. was not even close, ISU comes down buries a three to take the lead , home crowd goes nuts IT WAS OVER on that play! why do we insist on throwing up 3s ? we should never be in a 3 contest with these teams with T ROB and Withey. EVERYONE CAN SEE THIS . when KU feeds the post and plays lock down D.. everything goes great.. then they go through stretches.. especially Tehan, where they throw up 3 after 3. Conner get out of the corner, wing is easier shot, step in closer till your shot returns. Mainly less minutes . he will shot better fresher. he looks gased playing against players much faster . Teahan is zero offense put in Tharp feeding TT and Releford. Let Releford and TT drive the lane and feed the post. Teahan great 5 minutes terrible when he plays 15.

Brian Conrad 6 years, 3 months ago

by the way Coach talked about guards getting outrebounded... Teahan NEVER gets a rebound. box score zero as usual. no steals ever, turnover, 1 for seven... KU will never win with guard play like that. TT was hounded for turnovers... seems funny Teahan takes no heat. 6 of 30 STOP the madness, no boards with 20 percent shooting and other guard blow by him... Tharp has to be better.

Larry 6 years, 3 months ago

Geezzzzz.... The article was about the ISU fans storming the court, hence comments in the section following the article will probably be about .......hummmm, let me storming the court?

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