K-State Falls to 1/1 Kansas, 85-63, at Big 12 Championship




17-16 (5-13 Big 12)

28-4 (15-3 Big 12)

J. Edwards: 23pts, 10rebs, 2stls
W. Iwundu: 10pts, 4rebs, 4asts
D. Johnson: 10pts, 2blks, 1stl

P. Ellis: 21pts, 6rebs, 2asts
F. Mason: 16pts, 7asts, 3rebs
C. Bragg, Jr.: 12pts, 1ast

K-State 30 33 63
Kansas 45 40 85

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Top-ranked Kansas ran its winning streak to 12 games, as the Jayhawks jumped out to a lead and never relented in an 85-63 win over Kansas State in the quarterfinals of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship before 18,952 at the Sprint Center.

Regular-season champion Kansas (28-4) connected on better than 50 percent from the field in both halves and used a balanced attack led by All-American Perry Ellis to advance to the semifinals. Ellis’ 21 points led four players in double figures, along with Frank Mason III (16), Carlton Bragg, Jr. (12) and Devonte Graham (11).

The loss spoiled an impressive day for senior Justin Edwards, who collected his second career 20-point game and third career double-double at K-State with game-highs in both points (23) and rebounds (10). Edwards, who has now scored in double figures in 10 of the last 11 games, went 9-of-15 from the field, including 5-of-7 from 3-point range, to go with 2 assists and 2 steals in 36 minutes.

Juniors Wesley Iwundu and D.J. Johnson also scored in double figures with 10 points each.

The Wildcats (17-16) showed the effects of playing in the first round on Wednesday, shooting just 38.7 percent (24-of-62) from the field, including 33.3 percent (6-of-18) from long range.

The loss continued extended K-State’s drought against Kansas at the Big Eight/12 Championship, as the Wildcats have now lost 12 straight to their archrival at the tournament dating back to 1994. The last win came in a 74-67 victory in the second round of the 1993 Big Eight Tournament at Kemper Arena.

The Basics
Final Score: 1/1 Kansas 85, Kansas State 63
Records: Kansas State 17-16, 5-13 Big 12 \\ 1/1 Kansas 28-4, 15-3 Big 12
Attendance: 18,972
Next Game: TBD

The Short Story
No. 1/1 Kansas extended its winning streak to 12 games with an impressive start-to-finish 85-63 win over Kansas State in the quarterfinals of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship on Thursday afternoon before 18,972 fans at the Sprint Center.
The Jayhawks have now won 12 straight over the Wildcats in the Big Eight/12 Championship.
Kansas connected on better than 50 percent from the field in both halves, finishing at 57.1 percent (32-of-56) from the field with nearly half (38) its points coming in the paint.
The loss spoiled an impressive effort from senior Justin Edwards, who posted his third career double-double with game-highs in both points (23) and rebounds (10).
Juniors Wesley Iwundu (10) and D.J. Johnson (10) also scored in double figures for the Wildcats.
All-American Perry Ellis led four Jayhawks in double figures with a team-high 21 points.

How It Happened | First Half
K-State struggled out of the gate, as the Wildcats connected on just 1 of their first 7 shots to trail 10-3 after the first media timeout. The Jayhawks hit 4 of their first 7 field goals with 6 points in paint.
Kansas extended its lead to 17-7 on a dunk by Bragg, forcing head coach Bruce Weber to use his first timeout at the 12:58 mark. 
Bragg caught fire from there, scoring 7 points during a stretch where the Jayhawks pushed their advantage to 23-11 with 11:32 before halftime.
The Wildcats wouldn’t back down from the adversity, using an 8-0 to cut the deficit to 23-19 on a layup by Johnson at the 8:58 mark. 
But true to its top-ranking, Kansas responded to the run with 16-6 spurt keyed by 3-pointers from Mason and Selden to force K-State to use its second timeout, down 39-25 with 4:20 to play.
The Jayhawks extended their lead from that point on to as many as 17 points to take 45-30 advantage into halftime.
Kansas connected on an impressive 59.3 percent (16-of-27), including 40 percent (4-of-10), and 90 percent (9-of-10) from the free throw line. K-State shot just 40.6 percent (13-of-32), including 25 percent (1-of-4) from long range, and made 3-of-6 from the charity stripe.
Graham (11) and Mason (10) led a balanced attack for the Jayhawks, as five different players registered a field goal, while Hurt, Iwundu and Johnson had 6 points each for the Wildcats.
22 of K-State’s 30 points came in the paint, while the team scored 12 second-chance points.

How It Happened | Second Half
Kansas continued its impressive play in the second half, pushing the advantage to 53-33 on a jumper by Ellis at the 17:32 mark.
The Wildcats were able to cut into the deficit at 55-40 with a 3-pointer from Edwards with 14:52 to play.
However, the Jayhawks never let their advantage get below 15 points the rest of the way, as the lead ballooned to as many as 26 points with 2:38 remaining.
Kansas connected on 55.2 percent (16-of-29) of its field goals in the second half compared to K-State’s 36.7 percent shooting (11-of-30), including 35.7 percent (5-of-14) from long range.
Edwards scored 18 of the Wildcats’ 33 second-half points on 7-of-10 shooting, including 4-of-6 from 3-point range, in 17 minutes of action.
Ellis led the Jayhawks in the second half with 12 points on 5-of-6 field goals.
22 of Kansas’ 40 points after halftime came in the paint.

Beyond the Boxscore
K-State dropped its 12th straight to Kansas in the Big Eight/12 Championship dating back to 1994 and fell to 15-7 all-time against the Jayhawks in tournament play… The Wildcats haven’t won a game in Championship since a 74-67 victory in the second round of the 1993 Big Eight Tournament.
K-State is now 32-38 all-time at Big Eight/12 Championship dating back to 1977, including a 12-20 mark in the 20-year history of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship… The team is now 31-33 when the championship is held in Kansas City, including 5-8 in the Sprint Center.
Kansas now leads the series, 191-93, including 43-5 in the Big 12 era. 
K-State dropped to 5-14 all-time against the AP No. 1 team, including to 2-7 against a top-ranked Kansas squad. The Wildcats fell to 1-13 against Top 25 opponents this season.
The 14 games against ranked opponents this season is the most in school history.
K-State tied a season-high with 23 second-chance points on 15 offensive rebounds.
Edwards collected his third career double-double (all this season).
Edwards posted double figures for the team-leading 26th time this season, including the 82nd time his college career… He also led the team in rebounding for the team-leading 11th time.
Iwundu tallied double figures for the 39th time in his career, including the 25th time this year.
Johnson also posted double digits for the 15th time overall, including the 12th this season.


“You know, it's obvious they played at a very, very high level,” said head coach Bruce Weber. “You know, they made shots, they defended, they pushed the ball. You know, it's hard to come back after last night so late. And then you watch a little tape with the guys, up 'til about 11:00, they get some rest and then you're trying to walk through in a hotel and prepare. And that's the advantage they have for winning the league, and they deserve it. They're playing at a high level, obviously, and they've continued to play at a high level. I am very proud of our guys. You know, it's disappointing that we couldn't give them a better game today. I didn't think we probably played as tough and strong as we needed to in the first half. We had some opportunities. Even though they were making some shots, we had some shot opportunities at the rim, loose balls, different things like that, that they ended up being the ones that, you know, get the ball. And that makes a difference in the game and they were able to get some transition.” 

Up Next
K-State will learn of any postseason tournament possibilities later this week.