Kansas (17-4) improved to 6-0 in Big 12 play for the first time since 2004-05. Colorado fell to 9-11 overall and 1-5 in league play. The victory marked KU's sixth straight victory, its longest winning streak of the season.
In a game in which Kansas never trailed, Cole Aldrich helped KU jump
out to a 41-25 halftime lead. Aldrich nearly had a
double-double in the first half with 13 points and nine
rebounds. He finished the game with 15 points, 13 rebounds
and two blocks to earn his 12th double-double of the season.
Despite the sizable halftime advantage, Kansas was unable to put away
the Buffaloes until the game's final minutes. Colorado slowly
chipped away at the 16 point halftime deficit when a Jermyl Jackson-Wilson lay-up closed the gap down to two, 54-52, with just over
six minutes to play.
Sophomore Tyrel Reed knocked down a three-pointer with 5:50 remaining
to give KU a 57-52 lead and end a seven-minute drought without a field
goal for the Jayhawks.
Junior Sherron Collins tossed in a three-pointer with 3:28 to play to
give Kansas more breathing room at 62-52. However, Colorado
continued to battle back when freshman Nate Tomlinson's corner
three-pointer narrowed the lead to three with one minute
left. Collins nailed a difficult 7-foot runner to give KU a
64-59 lead with 22 seconds remaining.
Despite finishing with 11 points, Collins struggled shooting the ball
for much of the game, shooting just 4-of-16 from the field and 1-of-10
from beyond the arc.
In the second half, Colorado shot 65.2 percent on 15-of-23
shooting. Kansas was held to 33.3 percent shooting, making
8-of-24 field goals.
Kansas out-rebounded Colorado 37-24 and the Jayhawk bench outscored the
Colorado bench 20-2.
Sophomore Brady Morningstar scored in double-digits for the fifth time
this year with 10 points. Markieff Morris also scored 10
points to establish a new career-high.
Leading all scorers was Colorado junior Dwight Thorne II with 18
points. Buffalo Sophomore Cory Higgins added 15 points and
five assists. Jackson-Wilson notched 12 points.
Next up for Kansas is a trip to Waco, Texas to face the Baylor Bears in
a Big Monday matchup on ESPN. The game is slated for 8 p.m.
KU's next home game will be next Saturday when it hosts Oklahoma State
at 2:30 p.m.
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