With the win, Kansas improved to 22-1 overall and 7-1 in Big 12 play. Missouri dropped to 13-10 and 3-5.
The Jayhawks have now won five straight against Missouri and complete
the regular-season sweep against the Tigers, as KU posted a 76-70 win
at Columbia on Jan. 19. It marks the fifth straight year Kansas has
posted at least one double-digit victory against the rival Tigers.
Rush's 19 points matched his season-high he had scored at Nebraska
earlier in the year. The junior ignited the crowd right at
the start with a three-pointer on the opening possession. The
crowd got even louder when Darrell Arthur's dunk made it 5-0 after two
Rush was joined in double-figure points by Mario Chalmers (15), Arthur
(13), Sherron Collins (12) and Sasha Kaun (12).
Missouri was led by Keon Lawrence, who scored a game-high 25 points on
10 of 13 shooting. Three other Tigers scored 13 points in
DeMarre Carroll, J.T. Tiller and Leo Lyons. Lyons was the
only Tiger to come off the bench and score.
The Jayhawks got off to a quick start as eight of the nine players that
attempted a field goal, made their first shot in the contest.
While KU shot 51 percent in the first half, the Jayhawks cooled off in
the second half, making just 41.9 percent of their attempts.
With the score 18-17 in the first half in favor of the home team,
Kansas went on a 7-0 run to go ahead 25-17. That started an
18-6 run which pushed the margin to 33-21 with seven minutes left in
KU took a 45-33 lead into halftime before Missouri opened the second
period scoring three straight points to make it 45-36 Kansas.
However, that was as close as Missouri would get the rest of the way.
Arthur, who played just two minutes in the first half due to foul
trouble, returned to action and scored nine straight for Kansas from
the 12:54 mark to the 9:36 mark. The sophomore post outscored
MU 9-4 in that time span.
Moments later Rush scored seven straight points for the Jayhawks and
Kansas led 81-56 before closing out the game.
For the game, KU out-rebounded Missouri 48-25 and recorded seven
blocked shots. The Jayhawks made 21 of 25 free throws, while
Missouri was just 15 of 25 from the line. Kansas made seven
of 21 three-pointers, while Missouri was 0-of-10 from behind the line.
Rush made three three-pointers marking the seventh time in the last
eight games he made at least two threes in a game. The
exception was an 0-of-four night at Missouri on Jan. 19.
Kansas will return to action when it hosts Baylor on Saturday at 7
p.m. That game will be televised on Jayhawk TV.
Missouri will host Texas A&M on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
Story courtesy: KUAC
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