Kansas Shoots Past Beasley, K-State, 88-74

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP)Michael Beasley tied the Big 12 record for double-doubles in a season but No. 7 Kansas used a strong first half and 11 three pointersto push past Kansas State 88-74 on Saturday night.

Beasley, the super freshman who’s become a top contender for national player of the year, had two points and two fouls in the opening minutes but wound up with 39 points and 11 rebounds. His 25th double-double extended an NCAA freshman record and tied Drew Gooden of Kansas for the Big 12 mark.

Brandon Rush scored 21 points and Sherron Collins had 18 points for the Jayhawks (26-3, 11-3 Big 12), who avenged an earlier loss at Kansas State and jumped into a first-place tie in the Big 12 with No. 5 Texas, which lost earlier Saturday at Texas Tech.

Bill Walker, Kansas State’s other freshman standout, also was saddled with foul problems and had only nine points as the Wildcats lost their fourth in a row.

After sitting on the bench for several minutes early and watching Kansas construct a big lead, Beasley almost singlehandedly led the Wildcats back. Hitting from both inside and outside, the 6-foot-10 freshman had 11 points in a 17-6 run that turned a 32-11 Kansas bulge into a 38-28 lead with 1:11 to go in a slam-bang first half.

But after taking a 41-29 halftime lead, the Jayhawksunbeaten in 18 home games this yearopened the second half with an 11-0 run. Darnell Jackson got four points and Rush brought the big, loud crowd to its feet by rattling home a 3-pointer in a quick run that Kansas State never recovered from.

The Wildcats (18-10, 8-6) missed their first six shots after intermission and all hope for a comeback evaporated in a fifth straight road loss. The Wildcats, who hit a season-high 12 3-pointers while beating Kansas 84-75 on Jan. 30 and snapping a 24-year home court losing streak to the Jayhawks, were only 6 of 21 from beyond the arc. Kansas was 11 of 23 while beating its state rivals for the 36th time in 39 meetings.

The Jayhawks got 14 points from Russell Robinson and 10 apiece from Jackson and Darrell Arthur.

Blake Young had nine for Kansas State while freshman guard Jacob Pullen, who had 20 points against Kansas on Jan. 30, was held to three points and two assists.

After Rush connecred on a 3-pointer, Collins seemed to remove all doubt when he stole the ball, drove in and scored over Beasley for a 69-49 lead with 8:44 left.