Self-fulfilling win for Kansas
=== Self-fulfilling win for Kansas ===
Lawrence, KS (Sports Network) – Wayne Simien scored a career-high 28 points
and Aaron Miles added 17, as No. 6 Kansas held on for an 81-74 victory over
the third-ranked Michigan State Spartans at Allen Fieldhouse.
Keith Langford contributed 13 points for the Jayhawks (2-0), who have won
their first two games to start the season under first-year coach Bill Self.
Maurice Ager scored 17 points to lead Michigan State (1-1), while Alan
Anderson added 16 in a losing effort.
Kansas led by seven at halftime, but quickly extended its advantage with a
blistering start after the break. Michael Lee hit a three-pointer to open the
half and Miles later made it 45-33 with a layup off a turnover. Another three
by Lee increased the Jayhawks’ lead to 48-33 and Langford finished with a dunk
off another Spartans’ turnover for a 54-39 advantage with 16:05 to play.
Simien’s field goal with 13:50 remaining put the Jayhawks in front, 58-41.
With the Kansas lead at 63-46, the Spartans used a 12-2 burst to get back into
the contest. The spurt pulled MSU within 65-58 with 8 1/2 minutes to play.
Simien tipped in a miss by Langford to give Kansas a 67-58 lead and seconds
later hit a pair of free throws to help the Jayhawks stay on top, 69-60.
MSU’s Paul Davis slammed down a dunk after grabbing an offensive rebound to
cut the Jayhawks’ lead to 76-72 with 2:22 left, but J.R. Giddens responded
with a jam to restore the six-point edge for Kansas with 1:45 left.
Davis muscled inside and had a chance to pull the Spartans within four, but
missed the shot with 50 seconds to go. Miles then hit a pair of free throws
with 30.4 seconds for an 80-72 lead that sealed the win.
With Kansas leading 24-23 just past the midway point of the first half, Simien
muscled inside for a basket and hit the free throw after being fouled to spark
an eight-point run that put the Jayhawks on top, 32-23.
Michigan State responded with a 7-2 run capped by a three-pointer by Ager that
pulled the Spartans within four, 34-30, with 2:02 left until halftime.
The Jayhawks scored four of the final five points of the half on two free
throws by Simien and a dunk by Miles to take a 38-31 lead into the locker