Feb. 11, 2013
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LAWRENCE, Kan. – No. 10/11 Kansas State saw its four-game winning streak end on Monday, as No. 14/13 Kansas connected on nearly 50 percent from the field in an 83-62 win at Allen Fieldhouse.
First place was on the line in the game and K-State (19-5, 8-3 Big 12) would be in first place win or lose against their rival Kansas (20-4, 8-3 Big 12). However, the Jayhawks came out on fire and dominated the glass, 41-23, to snap a three-game losing streak – the team’s longest losing streak since 2005.
Senior Rodney McGruder paced three Wildcats in double figures with a team-high 20 points on 7-of-14 field goals to go with six rebounds, four assists and four steals in 38 minutes. He played in his 100th consecutive game on Monday, including his 91st consecutive start. He has now scored 20 or more points for the 20th time in his career, including the seventh time this season.
Sophomore Angel Rodriguez posted 17 points on 6-of-12 field goals to go with a team-high three treys and six assists, while junior Will Spradling added 10 points.
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. He was one of four players in double figures for Kansas, which connected on 48.3 percent from the field and knocked down 19-of-22 free throws.
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.
K-State will be off during the mid-week portion of the schedule this week to prepare for Baylor (15-8, 6-4 Big 12) on Saturday. The game is set for 6 p.m. from Bramlage Coliseum on ESPNU and will be the first contest between the two this season.