Jayhawks Soar Past Kansas State, 97-70, in Sunflower State Showdown
Feb. 7, 2007
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
Sophomore guard Brandon Rush scored 18 points and the University of Kansas opened the game on a 15-2 run, as the Jayhawks defeated Sunflower Showdown-rival Kansas State, 97-70, Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse. KU, which never trailed in the contest, improved to 20-4, 7-2 Big 12, while the Wildcats fell to 17-7, 6-3 Big 12.
Kansas led by as many as 15 in the first half in which it shot 51.1-percent, led by 15 from Rush. The Jayhawks then opened the second half on a tear, scoring the first 10 points, led by two thunderous dunks from sophomore forward Julian Wright. KU shot 60 percent (21-of-35) in the second frame and held KSU to just 30.4-percent, eventually pushing its lead to 31 with just over five minutes to play.
Overall, five Jayhawk players scored in double figures, including 14 from freshman forward Darrell Arthur and 11 apiece from sophomore guard Mario Chalmers and freshman guard Sherron Collins, who tied his career-high with seven assists.
Junior forward Darnell Jackson notched his third double-double of the season, totalling 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Wright and junior center Sasha Kaun each chipped in with nine points. Wright also finished one rebound shy of his career-high, pulling down 11 boards.
Senior guard Jermaine Maybank scored 26 points for the Wildcats, who shot 30-of-41 from the free-throw line as a team. David Hoskins added 13 points for KSU, which committed 14 turnovers that led to 25 KU points. Kansas also dominated inside, outscoring Kansas State in the paint by a count of 60-24.
The Jayhawks will next be in action when they take on Border Showdown-rival Missouri in Columbia, Mo. Tip is set for 2:30 p.m., and the game can be seen on ABC.