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JAYHAWK/WILDCAT REPORT Jayhawk-Wildcat report (Jan. 22)

  • Published Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, at 11:07 p.m.
  • Updated Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, at 12:29 p.m.

No. 3 Kansas 59, No. 11 Kansas St. 55

KANSASMinFG-AFT-ATRAPFPT
Young301-61-26213
Withey313-65-6100311
Johnson353-101-24438
McLemore284-72-351311
Releford365-60-013012
Tharpe182-72-21216
Adams20-00-00000
Traylor20-00-00000
Ellis183-42-64008
Totals20021-4613-2135121159

Percentages: FG .457, FT .619. 3-Point Goals: 4-13, .308 (Releford 2-3, McLemore 1-2, Johnson 1-3, Young 0-1, Tharpe 0-4). Team Rebounds: 4. Blocked Shots: 3 (McLemore 2, Ellis). Turnovers: 13 (Johnson 5, McLemore 3, Withey 3, Young, Tharpe). Steals: 6 (Johnson 2, Young, McLemore, Tharpe, Releford). Technical Fouls: None.

KANSAS ST.MinFG-AFT-ATRAPFPT
Gipson142-51-14045
Southwell327-160-072119
Rodriguez364-103-458112
McGruder384-122-230113
Spradling260-50-02220
Irving181-40-01022
Williams50-10-00000
Lawrence20-00-01000
Diaz50-00-00000
Henriquez242-40-05044
Totals20020-576-728121555

Percentages: FG .351, FT .857. 3-Point Goals: 9-30, .300 (Southwell 5-11, McGruder 3-9, Rodriguez 1-5, Spradling 0-5). Team Rebounds: 0. Blocked Shots: 5 (Henriquez 3, Gipson, Southwell). Turnovers: 10 (Gipson 2, McGruder 2, Rodriguez 2, Spradling, Irving, Henriquez, Southwell). Steals: 6 (Spradling 2, Rodriguez 2, Southwell, Williams). Technical Fouls: None.

Kansas

312859
Kansas St.272855

Att.–12,528. Officials–Mark Whitehead, Rick Hartzell, Doug Sirmons.

Big-game atmosphere

Bramlage Coliseum was rocking Tuesday night. Fans began camping out for seats early in the morning, and the student section was packed full an hour before tip-off. The crowd was loud throughout and gave K-State a noticeable boost. It was a nice change from early games, when the Wildcats played in front of rows of empty seats. Those days seem to be in the past, though. With football season over, classes back in session and K-State ranked in the top 15 it should play in front of big crowds the rest of the way. KU coach Bill Self was certainly glad to leave the environment with a victory. “Anytime you win over here you feel very fortunate,” Self said.

Southwell soars

K-State junior guard Shane Southwell, who joined the starting lineup last month by moving to a hybrid forward position, is quickly becoming a go-to player for the Wildcats. He scored 17 points and came up with a game-saving block against West Virginia two weeks ago and scored a season-high 19 points on Tuesday. He also grabbed seven rebounds. It was a much different performance against the Jayhawks than last season, when Kansas schemed around him. “He would have to get my vote for the most improved player in our league,” Self said. “Last year we played triangle-and-two and the guy we didn’t guard was Shane … He was probably their best offensive threat tonight.” Southwell said he thought he played well, but could have easily connected on more than five three-pointers he made. Losing meant he couldn’t enjoy the impressive individual effort. “They win all the time,” Southwell said. “We have got to start getting some wins against them.”

Timeout trouble

Bruce Weber used K-State’s final timeout with 3:46 remaining. Not an ideal situation for any coach, but with Kansas leading down the stretch he didn’t want the game to get away. So he wasn’t shy about calling timeout and talking strategy with his players. The move almost worked, with K-State pulling to within 56-53 in the final minute, but Kansas had multiple timeouts and fouls to play with to maintain the lead.

—Kellis Robinett

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