The third-ranked Kansas Jayhawks picked up a strong road win by beating No. 11 Kansas State 59-55 on Tuesday.
The Jayhawks survived the battle with their in-state rivals thanks to some great defense. They held the Wildcats to just 35.1 percent shooting from the field, and forced K-State to miss 21 of their 30 three-point attempts.
Offensively, the Jayhawks were led by Travis Releford. The senior guard hit five-of-six shots, including 2-of-3 from beyond the arc to finish the game with 12 points. Kansas also got 11 points from Ben McLemore and big man Jeff Withey added 11 points and 10 rebounds.
The Wildcats received a huge contribution from guard Shane Southwell, who had one of his best games of the season. The junior put up 19 points and seven rebounds, while shooting 7-of-16 from the floor.
Unfortunately for K-State, Southwell's performance wasn't enough to overcome their poor shooting. With the loss, the Wildcats are now just 2-23 against Kansas in their last 25 games at Bramlage Arena.
Kansas improved to 17-1 (5-0 in Big 12), while Kansas State dropped to 15-3 (4-1 in Big 12). Both teams are off until Saturday, when they will each square off against conference opponents.
It was a raucous crowd in Manhattan, Kansas. K-State's official Twitter feed provided this picture of Fred Bramlage Arena.
The Jayhawks were playing great defense throughout the game, as Jeff Borzello of CBS Sports mentioned.
Man, Kansas State cannot get any open looks. Kansas really closing and rotating well.— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) January 23, 2013
Usually known for his offense, Ben McLemore was swatting shots like Jeff Withey, as Kansas fan Ryan Leary pointed out.
Ben "Little Withey" McLemore. Blocks on blocks on blocks— Ryan Leary (@ryanleary20) January 23, 2013
Angel Rodriquez was great at times for Kansas State. Unfortunately, he made a couple critical mistakes, prompting K-State fan Mike W to tweet the following:
Angel Rodriguez giveth, Angel Rodriguez taketh away. #BadTurnover— Mike W (@kstate4me) January 23, 2013
But the Tweet of the Night goes to K-State fan Kyle Kain for providing this picture of Jordan Henriquez.
Henriquez you dog twitter.com/KYLE_KAIN/stat…— Kyle Kain (@KYLE_KAIN) January 23, 2013