The win improves Kansas to 21-1 on the season and 6-1 in the Big 12 Conference. Colorado meanwhile drops to 9-12 (1-6 Big 12) as they extend its losing streak to five games.
With a 30-30 tie after the first half, Kansas used an 8-0 run to open
the second half and gain a lead it would never lose. Colorado was held
scoreless over the first five minutes after the break and was limited
to just nine points after 10 minutes.
The Jayhawks used another 11-2 run late in the second half thanks to
back-to-back-to-back dunks from Sasha Kaun, Brandon Rush and Mario Chalmers to pull out of the Buffaloes' reach and seal the victory.
Senior Darnell Jackson led KU with 18 points including a perfect
10-for-10 from the free throw line. Rush and Kaun also notched double
figure points chipping in 15 and 12, respectively. Rush added a
team-high six rebounds in the effort.
Colorado shot nearly 40 percent from behind the arc in the opening
frame and took advantage of 10 Kansas miscues to hold a lead over the
Jayhawks for much of the first 20 minutes.
Rush cut the Buffaloes' lead by one at the 6:16 mark after fighting for
a putback on a miss by Jackson. Kaun gave KU its first lead of the
game, 24-23, on the Jayhawks' next trip down with 5:25 remaining on a
short hook shot in the paint.
The team's traded the lead two more times before a three-pointer by CU
tied the game at 28 with two and half minutes to play. The Buffaloes
took their last lead of the first half with a minute to go but Jackson
hit a pair of free throws with a just a second left to lock the score
at 30 heading into the break. Jackson finished with 10 of his team-high
18 points in the first half.
Story courtesy: KUAC
Strong Second Half Pushes KU Past Colorado
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