AMES, Iowa (Ticker) -- Keith Langford shook off the headaches and Wayne Simien returned from a thumb injury to lead Kansas to a second big road win against another outstanding home foe.
Langford scored 10 of his 18 points in the second half and Simien added 13 and nine rebounds in his first game back as No. 2 Kansas held on for a 71-66 victory over Big 12 Conference foe Iowa State.
Questionable for the contest after suffering a concussion in the closing minutes of Kansas' first win at Kentucky's Rupp Arena in eight games on Sunday, Langford had a strong shooting performance in this one, going 7-of-11 from the field.
After trailing by as many as eight points in the second half, the Cyclones posted a 10-0 run to take a 54-52 lead with 7:47 remaining. Curtis Stinson had a pair of fast-break layups and made two free throws during the spurt.
Langford stopped the bleeding for the Jayhawks (12-0, 2-0 Big 12) with a jumper and followed up a missed shot by Simien to cap an 8-0 run. Langford added a pair of free throws to push Kansas' lead to 65-58 with 2:49 remaining.
Iowa State (8-5, 0-2), which entered the contest 25-1 at Hilton Coliseum over the last two seasons, cut the deficit to 65-62 behind two free throws by Jared Homan, but Kansas made 6-of-8 free throws in the final 50 seconds to remain unbeaten.
Langford grabbed six rebounds and handed out five assists. Simien, who had missed the last four games due to thumb surgery, wore a soft cast on his left hand. After playing 18 minutes in the first half, the preseason Big 12 Player of the Year had a crucial role in holding off the late charge by the Cyclones, collecting nine points and five rebounds after the break.
Despite the return of both seniors, the Jayhawks did have to play without junior forward Christian Moody, who suffered a sprained ankle after scoring a team-high 11 points against Kentucky.
J.R. Giddens scored 13 points and Aaron Miles added eight and five assists for Kansas, which shot 56 percent (25-of-45) from the floor and had 19 points off 12 turnovers by Iowa State.
Stinson scored 18 points despite a slow start. The Cyclones' leading scorer at 17.5 missed seven of his eight shots in the first half as the team trailed 38-35 at the break.
Scoring 13 points in the second half, Stinson grabbed an offensive rebound and made a jumper to cut Iowa State's deficit to 68-64 with 26 seconds left. After Alex Galindo made just 1-of-2 free throws on the other end, Stinson missed a chance to make it a one possession game with an errant jumper.
Will Blalock scored 17 points and Homan added 10, 11 rebounds and five assists for the Cyclones, who shot 31 percent (9-of-29) in the second half, including 5-of-18 from the arc.