With the win, Kansas improved to 26-3 overall and 11-3 in Big 12 play. The Jayhawks also moved into a tie for first place in the league with Texas. Kansas State dropped to 18-10 and 8-6.
The Jayhawks have now won 36 of the last 38 meetings between the two
schools and split the season series after losing at Manhattan earlier
this year. KU also extended its home court winning streak to
Brandon Rush finished just three points shy of his career high of 24,
which he recorded three times, including the last time at Kansas State
last season. The junior matched his season-high with five
KU's Sherron Collins scored 18 points, including 13 in the second
half. Collins was a key factor in the final 20 minutes for
the Jayhawks as he made six consecutive shots from the field, including
five in the second period.
Three other KU players reached double digits as Russell Robinson had 14
and Darrell Arthur and Darnell Jackson, each had 10. Kansas State was
led by Michael Beasley, who scored 39 points. He was the only
Wildcat who scored in double figures as Bill Walker and Blake Young
each had nine.
The Jayhawks put the game out of reach early in the second half,
scoring the first 11 points of the period to lead 52-29.
Darnell Jackson scored eight of KU's first 13 points to open the half.
Kansas State never got closer than 13 points the rest of the way as KU
led by as many as 23 points over the final 20 minutes of play.
Kansas shot 52.8 percent from the field in the second half and made 11
of 23 pointers on the night. KU out-rebounded the visitors
41-34 and grabbed 23 offensive rebounds to KU's 18 defensive caroms.
Kansas jumped out to an early 15-6 advantage as after missing their
first shot, the Jayhawks made seven straight baskets, including a
three-pointer by Rush, which ignited a 12-2 KU run.
Kansas State was without the services of Beasley for nearly five
minutes early in the game after he picked up his second foul at the
17:54 mark and went to the bench. Wildcat Bill Walker also
picked up his second foul and sat down at the 14:53 mark.
Both players returned with 13:05 remaining and KSU down 23-9.
Kansas built up a 32-11 advantage at the 9:36 mark on Rush's third
three-pointer before Kansas State posted runs of 8-0 and 9-2 to pull
within 38-28. However, KSU could not get any closer and KU
led 41-29 at halftime.
Rush had 13 points at the break, while Beasley led KU with 14 despite
playing just 12 minutes in the first period. KSU had 14
turnovers at halftime as KU came up with 10 steals, including three by
both Robinson and Collins.
Kansas will host Texas Tech on Monday at 8 p.m. in the final home game
for the Jayhawk seniors. The game will be televised on ESPN.
Story courtesy: KUAC
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