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Kansas Pulls Away Late From Michigan State To Book Sweet 16 Spot

Josh Jackson of the Kansas Jayhawks

TULSA, Okla. — Josh Jackson scored 14 of his record setting 23 points in the second half to help No. 1 seed Kansas cruised into the Sweet 16 with a 90-70 victory over Michigan State in the NCAA Tournament on Sunday.

Jackson, who went 9-of-16 from the floor, sets Kansas’ NCAA Tournament record for the most points scored by a freshman.

Senior guard and national Player of the Year candidate Frank Mason III added 20 points with five assists for the Jayhawks (30-4), who have advanced to the Sweet 16 for a second straight year.

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Frank Mason III of Kansas looks on.

Devonte’ Graham made four 3-pointers in his 18 point performance, while Landen Lucas finished with double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds for Kansas, which shot 53.1 percent (34 of 64) in the pull away victory.

Miles Bridges, who had to leave the game briefly in the first half with an injury, returned to lead Michigan State with 22 points and eight rebounds.

Nick Ward chipped in with 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting and Joshua Langford scored 10 points for the Spartans (20-15).

Michigan State trailed 54-53 with 12:18 left in the contest, but couldn’t keep up with the Jayhawks sharp-shooters and the game quickly got away from them.

The Spartans trailed by five points at halftime, but was outscored 50-35 in the second half in the defeat.

The Jayhawks move on to face fourth-seeded Purdue in Kansas City in next week’s Sweet 16.

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