Cole Aldrich added 23 points and 13 rebounds as Kansas improved to 26-7 overall, while North Dakota State ended its season with a 26-7 record.
North Dakota State was advertised as a team that could shoot the
long-ball and the Bison did not disappoint as they opened the game with
three-straight treys to grab the game's first lead.
Sherron Collins was up to the challenge though as he pumped in 17 first
half points and the Jayhawks led 41-37 at intermission. Of its 37
points, the Bison got 21 from 3-point land with Summit League Player of
the Year Ben Woodside leading the way with 16 points.
Kansas shot 55.9 percent (19-of-34) from the field in the opening half
while holding NDSU to 43.3 percent (13-of-30). Kansas turned
the ball over just twice in the first half, while NDSU had five miscues
including four from Woodside.
The game was tied at 25 with 7:21 left on the first half clock, but
Kansas went on a 16-7 run to close the period.
Kansas opened the second half with a trio of dunks – two from Aldrich
and one from Tyshawn Taylor – followed by a Brady Morningstar 3-pointer
and was able to extend its lead to as many as 11.
The Bison kept themselves in the game with long-range shooting and the
playmaking of Woodside, but could get no closer than three as Kansas
eventually won by 10.
Collins finished with eight assists and four rebounds to go with his
career-high 32 points. Aldrich added two blocked shots to his
20th career double-double.
Woodside finished with 37 points for NDSU – the second highest total
against KU this season. Brett Winkelman posted a
double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Michael Tveidt
added 11 points.
For the game, Kansas shot 50.0 percent (32-of-64) from the floor and
80.0 percent (16-of-20) from the charity stripe. North Dakota
State shot 41.9 percent (26-of-62) from the field including 10-of-24
from 3-point land. The Bison also shot 80 percent (12-of-15)
from the line. KU won the battle of the boards
39-34. The teams protected the ball well as Kansas turned the
ball over only five times, and the Bison nine times.
Kansas will face the winner of the #6 West Virginia/#11 Dayton game in
the second round of the Midwest Region on Sunday at either 1:30 or 4
p.m. on CBS. Game times to be announced by CBS.
'Hawks Corral NDSU, 84-74
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