Iowa State drops third game in a row in 79-53 blowout to Kansas

Sophomore guard Tyrese Haliburton during the men’s basketball game against No.3 Kansas on Jan. 8 in Hilton Coliseum.

Matt Belinson

Iowa State 7-6 (0-1 Big 12) began the start of its tough stretch of ranked opponents against No.3 Kansas 11-2 (1-0 Big 12) in Hilton Coliseum Wednesday night.

The tough schedule began as advertised for Iowa State Wednesday night.

Having lost its last two games, including falling to TCU on the road in overtime 81-79 to begin conference play, the Cyclones were in need of a bounce-back against the Jayhawks.

They got no such thing Wednesday night.

The Cyclones were blown out by the Jayhawks, dropping its third game in a row.

The matchup between the Cyclones and Jayhawks Wednesday night featured the Big 12’s two leading scorers in Devon Dotson (18.4 ppg) and Tyrese Haliburton (17.7 ppg).

While Dotson and Haliburton were close to one another in terms of scoring average, each had very different nights.

Haliburton was 0-3 with three turnovers in the first half, while Dotson had 11 points on 4-8 shooting in the first half.

Haliburton ended his night with a season-low 5 points. Dotson led all scorers with his 20 points. Dotson also collected five rebounds and three steals.

Iowa State was led by Rasir Bolton’s 12 points. Michael Jacobson was the only other Cyclone in double digits with his 10 points.

Iowa State returns to action on Saturday against Oklahoma in Hilton Coliseum at 7 p.m.