LAWRENCE, Kansas, Sporting Alert – The Kansas Jayhawks have now won 38 straight games at home after trampling Oklahoma State 94-67 at Allen Fieldhouse on Monday night.
After making a slow start and failing to score inside the opening 2:30, No. 2 Kansas used two big runs in both halves to setup the win with six Jayhawks scoring in double-figure points.
Kansas rallied from an early eight-point deficit to finish the first half on a 30-9 run and then used a 32-11 run to bury the travelers in the second half.
“I think we play better when we’re nervous about it,” Kansas head coach Bill Self said.
“Tonight they kind of had an inner confidence, which is good, and thought that we’d be OK the whole game, which it ended up being.
“But I don’t think we had the intensity level that we need.”
Wayne Selden Jr. hit four 3-pointers and scored 18 points, five rebounds and three assists, while Perry Ellis shrugged off a lazy start to finish with 15 points for Kansas, which shot 50 percent from the floor and 52.4 percent from long-range.
Landen Lucas added a career-high 14 points and pulled down 10 rebounds, his third straight game with double-figure rebounds, while Frank Mason III had 14 for the Jayhawks (22-4, 10-3 Big 12), who avenged the loss to the Cowboys last month.
Brannon Greene went 3-of-3 from 3-point range and 4 for 5 from the floor overall for 11 points and Devonte’ Graham ended with 10 points for Kansas, which won six straight and seven of the last eight games overall.
Jeff Newberry scored 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting to lead Oklahoma State, with Jeffrey Carroll adding 13, Tavarius Shine scoring 11 and Tyree Griffin dished out a career-high 12 assists for the Cowboys (12-13, 3-10), who led for most of the first half, but were unable to hold on to the lead.
The Cowboys were again without leading scorer Jawun Evans, who missed his fourth straight game.
Evans scored 22 points in the first meeting between these two teams.
After falling behind by 18 points early in the first half, Oklahoma State closed the gap to just six points with 11 minutes to play.
However, Kansas used another run to kill off the threat of the visitors and moved ahead of West Virginia in the race for the Big 12 regular season title.
College Basketball Scores
Monday, February 15
College Basketball Box Scores
No. 2 KANSAS 94, OKLAHOMA STATE 67
No. 7 VIRGINIA 73, N.C. STATE 53