CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — No. 3 Kansas outlasted state rival Kansas State but No. 4 Louisville fell to No. 12 Virginia in AP Top 25 NCAA basketball scores on Monday night.
KANSAS HOLDS OFF KANSAS STATE
Senior Frank Mason III scored 21 points to help Kansas (21-3, 9-2 Big 12) hold off Kansas State 74-71 on Monday night to bounced back from the shocking home loss to Iowa State over the weekend.
The victory on Monday night saw the Jayhawks sweeping the Sunflower Showdown series and stay on course to win yet another Big 12 title.
“We haven’t lost two in a row since 2013, not that it matters,” Mason said.
“But we wanted to come in here and play aggressive and play with a lot of pride.”
Freshman guard Josh Jackson played through foul trouble to finish with 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting, while junior guard Devonte’ Graham had 10 points, seven rebounds and six assists for the Jayhawks, who shot 48.2 percent from the field overall and 47.1 percent from 3-pointers.
“I thought our guys competed really hard,” Kansas coach Bill Self said.
“That was a good basketball game. That was two teams competing hard against each other.”
Dean Wade scored 20 points to lead Kansas State, which trailed by as many as nine points in the second half but cut the deficit to 72-69 when Kamau Stokes made a 3-pointer with 19.2 seconds left.
Stokes added 16 points and eight boards, D.J. Johnson ended with 14 points, four rebounds, three blocks and two steals and Wesley Iwundu added 13 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and two steals for the Wildcats (16-8, 5-6 Big 12).
Kansas State outrebounded Kansas 44-33, but shot just 38.2 percent from the floor in the defeat.
“They’re really good. They’re one of the top five teams in the country, there’s no doubt about it,” Kansas State coach Bruce Weber said about the Jayhawks.
“We played both games to the last possession, but there’s no moral victories. You have to win the game.”
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Kansas travels to face off with Texas Tech on Saturday.
Kansas State is also on the road at West Virginia on Saturday.
VIRGINIA CRUISED PAST LOUISVILLE
The 12th-ranked Virginia crushed the short-handed No. 4 Louisville 71-55 in Atlantic Coast Conference on Monday night.
London Perrantes scored 18 points and the Cavaliers (18-5, 8-3 ACC) used a big run to start the second to setup the victory.
Isaiah Wilkins added 13 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks and Darius Thompson finished with 10 points, four assists and four rebounds for Virginia, which shot 53.2 percent in the win.
V.J. King scored a career-high 24 points and Donovan Mitchell added 16 points, four rebounds and four steals for the Cardinals (19-5, 7-4), who were losing for the first time in four starts.
Trailing 34-32 at halftime, the Cavaliers used a 22-5 run to breakaway and setup the victory.
Louisville heads back home to face Miami on Saturday.
Virginia will travel to state rival Virginia Tech on Sunday.