Kansas runs past K-State, 97-70

LAWRENCE, Kan. - Brandon Rush scored 18 points and No. 9 Kansas ran past Kansas State 97-70 Wednesday in a rough and spirited renewal of a long rivalry that's been re-energized with the arrival of Bob Huggins.

 

Kansas (20-4 overall, 7-2 Big 12) began the game with a 15-2 run and closed out the first half on a 14-5 spree for a 47-35 lead over the Wildcats (17-7, 6-3), who came in with a seven-game winning streak, their longest in 19 years.

 

The Jayhawks, who have beaten their state rivals 33 times in their last 34 meetings, shot 56 percent and did not take all their starters off the floor until 3:28 remained and they led 89-60. Huggins and the Wildcats will no doubt remember that when they host Kansas in a rematch on Feb. 19 at Bramlage Coliseum, where Kansas has never lost.

 

Kansas State did not get its first field goal of the second half until Jermaine Maybank hit with 14:03 left. By then, Kansas led 60-39 and the rout was on.

 

Maybank, averaging 2.6 points for the year, had career-high 26 points for Kansas State.

 

The Wildcats, who made a season-high 14 3-pointers while beating Texas on Saturday, missed 11 of their first 13 tries from behind the arc and wound up only 4-for-22.

 

Darnell Jackson had 13 points and 10 rebounds for Kansas, which outrebounded Kansas State 28-9 in the second half. Darrell Arthur had 14 points for the Jayhawks and Sherron Collins and Mario Chalmers each had 11.

 

Davis Hoskins had 13 points for Kansas State. The Wildcats, who made a season-high 14 3-pointers while beating Texas on Saturday, missed 11 of their first 13 tries from behind the arc and wound up only 4-for-22.

 

Kansas State will be back in action on Saturday, Feb. 10, as they host the Colorado Buffaloes. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m. at Bramlage Coliseum.