With the win the Jayhawks improve to 19-1 overall and remain unbeaten in Big 12 play with a 9-0 record. KU held Kansas State to 38 percent from the field.
The nine-point victory gives Kansas a 22 game win streak over Kansas State in Manhattan and 29 wins overall in the Sunflower Showdown.
The `Hawks got off to a hot start in the first half and led 16-5, but K-State answered with and 11-0 run to tie the game at 16. The Jayhawks countered with a 7-0 run late in the first half to give the Crimson and Blue a 26-19 lead. At the half, the `Hawks led 35-25.
KU lit up the nets shooting 62 percent from three-point range in the game.
Senior Wayne Simien scored 23 points and grabbed 13 rebounds en route to his ninth double-double of the season. Sophomore J.R. Giddens scored 18 points as he connected on 4-of-6 from three-point range.
Kansas led by 17 in the second half at 54-37, but the `Cats continued to fight and cut the Jayhawks' lead to four. Giddens nailed a three with 1:45 left to put the `Hawks up eight, 64-56.
"We were up ten at the half, but we had a lot of unforced errors," Kansas head coach Bill Self said. "In the second half, we made it hard on ourselves by committing too many fouls."
When K-State went to the zone we were a bit passive and we were afraid to shoot the ball. Down the stretch we did make some plays, especially with J.R.'s (Giddens) three late in the game. All in all, I thought we had a pretty good effort on defense," Self added.
Kansas will return home to face Colorado Saturday. The Allen Fieldhouse tip-off is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.
Story courtesy: KUAC