2/2 Kansas Holds On Late To Beat K-State, 72-63


GAME RECAP

72

63

2/2
KANSAS
JAYHAWKS
23-4 (11-3 Big 12)

NR/NR
K-STATE
WILDCATS
15-12 (4-10 Big 12)

LEADERS:
F. Mason: 16pts, 5asts, 2stls
P. Ellis: 14pts, 2rebs, 2asts
W. Selden: 12pts, 5rebs

LEADERS:
S. Hurt: 13pts, 9rebs, 2blks
B. Brown: 13pts, 2asts, 2stls
J. Edwards: 11pts, 8rebs, 3asts

TEAM 1ST 2ND F
Kansas 39 33 72
K-State 29 34 63

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- No. 2/2 Kansas used a 7-1 run to end the game and hold off a late rally by Kansas State, 72-63, on Saturday afternoon before a sold-out crowd of 12,528 fans at Bramlage Coliseum.

The Big 12-leading Jayhawks (23-4, 11-3 Big 12) extended their winning streak to seven games and swept the season series from the Wildcats (15-12, 4-10 Big 12) for the first time since 2013. K-State had won the last two meetings in the series at Bramlage Coliseum for the first time since 1982 and 1983.

The Wildcats exchanged baskets with the Jayhawks in the early stages of the contest, holding an 18-15 advantage at the under-12 media timeout. However, Kansas exploded for a 14-0 run to close out the half and take a 39-29 lead into the break. 

The margin swelled to 16 points, 57-41, with 10 minutes to go before K-State mounted a 14-3 second half run to close the gap. The Wildcats would not pull within three points in the final minutes.

K-State connected on 37.7 percent (20-of-53) of its field goals, including 31.3 percent (5-of-16) from 3-point range, and shot 81.8 percent (18-of-22) from the free throw line. The Wildcat effort was led by senior Stephen Hurt’s 13 points and 9 rebounds and by freshman Barry Brown’s 13 points. Senior Justin Edwards dropped in 11 points and secured 8 rebounds with junior D.J. Johnson adding 11 points and six boards of his own.

The Jayhawks drilled 50 percent (24-of-48) of their field goals, including 33.3 percent (6-18) from beyond the arc. KU was paced by Frank Mason’s 16 points, while Perry Ellis scored 14 and Wayne Selden, Jr. pitched in 12.

The Basics
Final Score: 2/2 Kansas 72, Kansas State 63
Records: Kansas State 15-12, 4-10 Big 12 // 2/2 Kansas 23-4, 11-3 Big 12
Attendance: 12,528 (sellout)
Next Game: Monday, Feb. 20 // vs. 24/25 Texas // 6 p.m. CT // ESPNU

The Short Story
Kansas staved off a late K-State comeback to win their third game in Manhattan in the last six years, 72-63, in front of a sold out Bramlage Coliseum.
The Wildcats and Jayhawks traded baskets in the early going and were knotted at 21-21 with eight minutes left in the first half, before Kansas ended the half on a 18-4 run to take a 39-29 lead into half. 
Kansas’ advantage ballooned to 16 points, 57-41, with 10:40 left in the game before K-State used a 17-5 run to pull within four points at the final media break. 
The margin would never shrink to less than three points in the final minutes as the Jayhawks scored 4-of-6 free throws to close it out, 72-63.
The Wildcats were paced by four players in double figures, with Hurt and Brown scoring 13 points apiece, while Johnson and Edwards each tacked on 11.

How It Happened | First Half
Kansas started off the scoring at the free throw line and connected on 5 more free throws before the first media timeout, holding a 12-8 advantage.
The Wildcats strung together a 7-0 run midway through the half with a Hurt 3-pointer, making it 18-15 in favor of the home team with 11:14 to play.
K-State held Kansas without a field goal for 4:43 of play before a Svi Mykhailiuk 3-pointer knotted the game at 21-21 with 7:29 left in the half.
The Wildcats would go four minutes without their own field goal, as the Jayhawks ignited a 14-0 run to open up a 35-25 lead at the 2:22 mark. 
The margin remained 10 points in KU’s advantage going into the break, 39-29. Kansas closed out the half on an 18-4 run. 
K-State connected on 39.3 percent (11-of-28) of field goals, including 33.3 percent (2-of-6) from long range, while Kansas shot 54.5 percent (12-of-22) and 57.9 percent (11-of-19) from the charity stripe.
Brown and Edwards led the Wildcats at the break with 7 points apiece, while Iwundu added 6 points. 
Mason paced KU scorers with 10 points, while Ellis and Selden, Jr. added 9 and 8, respectively.

How It Happened | Second Half
The Jayhawks stormed out of the break to stretch the lead to 15 points, 50-35, at the first media stoppage.
The margin reached its peak at the 10:40 mark, 57-41, but six consecutive Johnson points brought K-State within 57-48 with 7:35 on the clock.
Two 3-pointers and a dunk from Hurt helped K-State chip the Kansas lead down to four points, 62-58, by the final media timeout at 3:57.
The Wildcats would get within three points on two occasions, but the Jayhawks answered K-State baskets and knocked down 4-of-6 from the line in the final minute to stave off the comeback and win, 72-63.
K-State connected on 36.0 percent (9-of-25) from the floor and 81.3 percent (13-of-16) from the stripe, while Kansas shot 46.2 percent (12-of-26) and 63.6 percent (7-of-11) from the line.
Brown and Hurt led the K-State effort with 13 points each with Edwards and Johnson adding 11 apiece. 
KU had three players in double figures led by Mason’s 16 points, followed by Ellis’ 14 and Selden’s 12 points.

Beyond the Boxscore
The loss snapped K-State’s two game winning streak over the Jayhawks in Bramlage Coliseum, falling to 4-5 against the Jayhawks in Manhattan in the last nine contests.
Kansas' regular season sweep over the Wildcats is the first since the 2012-13 season.
K-State held Kansas to 11 points under their season scoring average (83.1) and 10 percent below their season 3-point field goal percentage (33.3).
Hurts double-digit scoring effort was his ninth of the season, while Brown added his 11th double-digit scoring effort of the season... Edwards leads the team in the category with 21 games in double figures. 
Kansas’ 50 percent effort from the floor is the first time the Wildcats have allowed an opponent to shoot greater than 50 percent since the Jayhawks shot 55.1 percent early this season (2/3/16). 

Quotable
“Stephen had a great game at their place,” said head coach Bruce Weber on Hurt’s play. “It was, I think, his career in minutes that night. He had 28 [minutes] and had a double-double. After that, his knee was bothering him, and he has not had as good of production and he has struggled. I am happy for him that he came back and played with great energy and fought and almost had a double-double again. Obviously, the 3-pointer gave us a chance and got us back in the game along with D.J. [Johnson]’s plays and Justin’s plays at the hoop. I am happy for him and I am happy for Justin too. I just told him before the game, go do the things you do. Go rebound and worry about that stuff. I thought Justin was much more determined and played strong.”

Up Next
K-State concludes its brief 2-game homestand on Monday with a matchup against No. 24/25 Texas (18-9, 9-5 Big 12) at 6 p.m. CT on ESPNU.  The Longhorns won the first meeting, 60-57, at home on Jan. 5.