Wildcats Slip in Lawrence to Jayhawks

Shane Southwell

Feb. 11, 2013

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LAWRENCE, Kan. – First place was on the line Monday night at Allen Fieldhouse. For the No. 10 K-State Wildcats, they would be in first place win or lose against their rival Kansas Jayhawks. It was KU that came out on fire and dominated the glass to snap a three-game losing streak and hand the Wildcats their first loss in four games, 83-62.

K-State (19-5, 8-3) was led by senior Rodney McGruder again with 20 points. It was the second straight game he has scored at least 20 points and he is averaging 20 points per game over the last three contests for the Wildcats.

Redshirt freshman Ben McLemore put 30 points on the board for the Jayhawks on his 20th birthday as he drained six shots from beyond the arc and was a perfect 6-of-6 at the free-throw line.

The Wildcats were out-rebounded 41-23 as the Jayhawks crashed the offensive glass for 14 boards, resulting in 19 second chance points. K-State was only able to muster up six offensive rebounds and two second chance points.

K-State’s bench also struggled to provide much help on offense with just two made baskets. Those bench players were needed as the Wildcats found their bigs to be in foul trouble early. With the Wildcats in foul trouble, the Jayhawks pounded the ball inside with 34 points in the paint.

The Wildcats entered the contest with a one-game lead on the Jayhawks in the Big 12 Conference standings. With the loss the two rivals are now tied atop the league with seven contests remaining as the Jayhawks have won both in the series. K-State and KU each have four of their remaining games on their respective home floors.

K-State will be off during the mid-week portion of the schedule this week to prepare for the Baylor Bears on Saturday. The game is set for 6 p.m. from Bramlage Coliseum and will be the first contest between the two this season. Baylor (15-8, 6-4) is 2-3 on the road in conference play.

The game will be televised on ESPNU and can be heard on the K-State Sports Network.