McLemore Leads Kansas Past K-State in Sunflower State Showdown
The Kansas Jayhawks (20-4, 8-3) broke out of their three-game losing streak in style on Monday night as they cruised past in-state rival Kansas State (19-5, 8-3), 83-62.
The Jayhawks received contributions from everyone on their roster but the standout performer was freshman guard Ben McLemore.
McLemore missed just four shots on his way to a game-high 30 points on his 20th birthday.
Bill Self's team also received an excellent performance off of the bench from Naadir Tharpe, who scored seven points and provided eight assists.
In the losing effort for the Wildcats, Rodney McGruder scored 20 points.
Kansas will host Texas in a Big 12 showdown on Saturday night in Lawrence while Kansas State will return home to take on Baylor on Saturday night.
Kansas 83, Kansas State 62; Final
Kansas 83, Kansas State 62 (0:48 Second Half)
McLemore hits a three-pointer to reach the 30 point mark.
Kansas 80, Kansas State 60 (1:32 Second Half)
And the Rock Chalk Jayhawk chant begins.
You can go Sharpie on Kansas. Jayhawks--and especially their fans--did their work tonight.— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) February 12, 2013
Kansas 78, Kansas State 60 (2:05 Second Half)
Thomas Gipson has been in foul trouble all night and he has fouled out for the Wildcats.
Kansas 76, Kansas State 60 (3:02 Second Half)
The Jayhawks are wasting away the time with every possession.
The only thing the fans in Lawrence want to see right now is McLemore reaching the 30-point mark.
Kansas 76, Kansas State 56 (4:53 Second Half)
Kansas State just can not make a three-pointer in the second half.
A comeback is highly unlikely at this point in the game.
Kansas 75, Kansas State 55 (5:53 Second Half)
The Jayhawks are taking their time on each possession now, as they should with a 20 point lead.
KU calls its 2nd timeout, as the Jayhawks lead 75-55 with 7:46 to play.The 75 points are the most allowed by K-State this season.— K-State Gameday (@kstate_gameday) February 12, 2013
Kansas 75, Kansas State 55 (7:46 Second Half)
After a McLemore three-pointer, the Wildcats go on a mini-run by scoring five straight points.
Bill Self calls a timeout to keep his defense in check.
Kansas 75, Kansas State 50 (8:36 Second Half)
Ben McLemore is having quite the 20th birthday.
The freshman guard has scored 27 points already for the Jayhawks.
Kansas 70, Kansas State 50 (9:41 Second Half)
Jeff Withey with a strong move in the paint to earn two points for the Jayhawks.
Withey fought through two defenders to come down with the rebound and score.
Kansas 68, Kansas State 48 (10:35 Second Half)
Travis Releford just picked up his fourth personal foul.
That is a crucial call on the Jayhawks' best defender.
Kansas 63, Kansas State 45 (11:45 Second Half)
Before the second media timeout, McGruder makes a basket and is fouled.
As I said earlier, the Wildcats will have to make their foul shots to have a chance of coming back.
That starts with McGruder's free throw after the break.
Yahoo's Pat Forde just tweeted on the state of Kansas basketball.
Kansas putting out the all-clear signal tonight. Back in from the ledges, fans. Crisis over.— Pat Forde (@YahooForde) February 12, 2013
Kansas 60, Kansas State 43 (12:39 Second Half)
Jeff Withey fires up the crowd in Lawrence with a slam and an enthusiastic celebration that follows.
Kansas 58, Kansas State 42 (14:32 Second Half)
Kansas has already picked up four team fouls in the second half.
If that trend continues, Kansas State must make their free throws to get back into this game
Kansas 58, Kansas State 40 (15:14 Second Half)
Seven shots, 19 points.
McLemore has been pretty efficient tonight for the Jayhawks.
Kansas 56, Kansas State 39 (15:43 Second Half)
At the first media timeout of the second half, the Wildcats are trying to stay in this game.
They can cut the lead to 14 if McGruder makes his free throws coming out of the break.
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