Postgame Notes

Nov. 13, 2012

Recap | Box Score

NO. 14/14 MICHIGAN STATE 67, NO. 7/7 KANSAS 64
Postgame Notes
Nov. 13, 2012

KANSAS STARTERS (Career/Season): Perry Ellis (2/2), Ben McLemore (2/2), Elijah Johnson (48/2), Travis Releford (103/2) and Jeff Withey (48/2).

– Made Kansas 1-1 for the second-straight season and the third time in the Bill Self era. – Extended MSU’s win streak to three against the Jayhawks, moving the series record to 6-4 in favor of the Spartans.
– Gave the Jayhawks an 0-2 mark in the State Farm Champions Classic.
– Moved Bill Self’srecord at Kansas to 270-54 (.836) and 477-159 (.752) overall
– Made KU’s all-time record to 2,071-807 (.720) all-time.

– Kansas shot 50 percent (24-for-48) for the game, but allowed Michigan State to shoot 52 percent (25-for-48). Although KU has held 179 of its last 186 opponents to under 50 percent shooting, MSU marked the second time in three official games that KU surrendered a 50 percent or better shooting mark for a half (53 percent, first half, Kentucky, 4/2/12).
– KU and MSU were tied with 15 total rebounds (six offensive/nine defensive) after the first half, but Kansas grabbed only 10 rebounds in the second half. KU’s 25 rebounds are the fewest in a game since grabbing 23 at Iowa State (1/28/12).
– Michigan State went ahead 54-53 at the 6:55 mark in the second half for the Spartans first lead since going up 24-22 with 8:10 to play in the first half. Kansas held a consistent lead for 20 minutes and 47 seconds. KU led by five, 59-54, with 5:02 to play.

– Senior Elijah Johnson had a season-high 16 points. It was the 26th double-digit output of his career. It was also the 26th time in his career that he hit at two or more three-pointers.
– Redshirt freshman Ben McLemore scored a career-high 14 points.
– Senior Jeff Withey recorded two blocked shots, pushing his career total to 170.
– Senior forward Kevin Young checked in with 13:42 to play in the first half for the first appearance of his senior season. His first point of the year came on the backend of a trip to the free throw line at 12:31.
– Redshirt freshman forward Jamari Traylor went 3-for-4 from the floor, led the team with four rebounds and drew a charge in the first half. He – Sophomore guard Naadir Tharpe’s three-pointer in the second half gave KU a 45-38 lead and marked Tharpe’s first three-pointer against a ranked opponent.