Second half rally lifts No. 5 Kansas Jayhawks to 88-80 win

LAWRENCE, Kansas (KXAN) — The No. 9 Kansas Jayhawks beat No. 5 Texas State 88-80 on Monday after two Big 12 heavyweights got into a fight at Allen Field. , to keep the home court.

Texas trailed by seven at halftime and quickly cut the deficit to one early in the second half, but the Jayhawks always found answers. Marcus Carr’s jumper gave Texas a 52-50 lead with 13:27 left, but Kansas made it 6-0 to take the lead 58-50 with 12:15 left. Pull back to one-eighth.

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Kansas put the dagger on the Longhorns with a 7-0 run, turning a 66-60 lead into a 73-60 lead on a five-point drive from Grady Dick with 3:54 remaining. Second.

The loss ended two tough games in three days for the Kansas State Longhorns. Texas beat Kansas State 69-66 Saturday in Manhattan, just 85 miles from where they played Monday.

Texas guard Marcus Carr scored a game-high 29 points on 10-for-21 shooting. Timmy Allen scored 18 points and Jabari Rice had 12 before fouling out late in the second half.

Five Kansas players scored in double figures, led by Dix’s 21 points. The freshman guard shot 7 of 11 from the field and 5 of 6 from the free throw line. Juan Harris scored 17 points, Kevin McCuller had 16 points, including 10-for-13 from the free-throw line, and Joseph Yesuf had 14 points in 19 minutes. KJ Adams added 10 points for the Jayhawks.

The Longhorns shot better three-pointers than the Jayhawks, going 6 for 19 to Kansas’ 2 for 10, but the Jayhawks seemed to rush to the rim at will, scoring 50 points in the paint and 24 on the fast break. second point. Texas was averaging 16.6 assists per game leading up to the showdown, but dished out just six on Monday. The Longhorns finished with 15 turnovers and Kansas scored 18 points.

Led by Bill Self, the Jayhawks are 11-1 against the top five teams in the AP Top 25 and 18-2 in their home win over Texas.

Texas (18-5, 8-3 Big 12 Conference) leads Iowa in the Big 12 standings by half a game after the loss. In West Virginia on Wednesday, the Cyclones can tie with the Longhorns for first place. Texas hosts West Virginia on Saturday at the Moody Center.

Kansas (19-5, 7-4) travels to Oklahoma on Saturday.

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