With the win Kansas improved to 18-0 overall and 3-0 in Big 12 play, while Missouri fell to 11-7 in all games and 1-2 in the conference.
The victory was the 26th straight regular season win for Kansas as well
as its ninth straight regular season road victory. KU has now
won four straight against Missouri, including two consecutive in Mizzou
Three other Jayhawks joined Chalmers in double-figure points as Darnell Jackson and Brandon Rush each had 13 points and nine rebounds, and
Darrell Arthur added 10 points and nine rebounds. Stephon
Hannah led Missouri with 23 points.
Kansas controlled the second half and led by as many as eight points at
64-56 with less than seven minutes remaining. However,
Missouri clawed its way back with a four-point run a little later to
cut the margin to 66-63 with less than four minutes left.
However, Chalmers made two key defensive plays in the final minutes of
the game, drawing a charge and making a steal which helped KU to score
five straight points to gain a 71-63 lead. From there the
Jayhawks held on for the win.
Kansas, which entered the game as the nation's leading shooting team,
made just 40 percent of its field goal attempts for its second worst
percentage of the year behind only a 38 percent night at USC.
The Jayhawks also struggled from the free throw line in the first half,
making just seven of 14, but went 21 of 31 in the second half to secure
Kansas scored the first four points of the second half to build up a
42-36 lead, which matched the game's biggest margin to that
point. Rush, who was one of seven shooting in the first half,
scored on a dunk and Chalmers added a pair of free throws to open the
The teams stayed close throughout the first half as after Missouri
jumped out to a 7-1 lead, Kansas came back to tie the game at
nine. The Jayhawks gained the lead
16-15 on a Robinson basket before Missouri rattled off six straight
points to go ahead 21-16.
The margin never got higher than four points for either team the rest
of the half as KU took a 38-36 advantage into the lockerroom.
Jackson, Chalmers and Robinson all had eight points in the first half,
while Arthur chipped in six. The Tigers were led by Hannah,
who had 10. KU was outshot in the first period 43.3 percent
to 42.4 percent.
Kansas will return home to host Iowa State on Wednesday.
Tipoff for that game, which will be televised on ESPN is at 6 p.m.
Verdict: Jayhawks Are Grrrrrreeeaaattt!!!
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