Saturday , Mar , 04 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Rush pushes Jayhawks past Wildcats

Manhattan, KS (Sports Network) – Brandon Rush scored a game-high 24 points
and grabbed six boards as No.18 Kansas downed Kansas State, 66-52, at
Bramlage Coliseum.

Russell Robinson tallied 11 points and Mario Chalmers chipped in 14 for the
Jayhawks (22-7, 13-3 Big 12), who clinched their sixth Big 12 Conference
regular-season title.

Cartier Martin scored 17 points and snatched nine rebounds to lead his team,
while Dramane Diarra totaled nine points and five boards for the Wildcats
(15-12, 6-10), who have now lost three of four.

With 12:38 to play, Martin hit a three-pointer and Lance Harris hit four
consecutive free-throws to bring the Wildcats to within three, 46-43.

The Jayhawks responded with a 10-1 run, capped by a Robinson three-pointer, to
put Kansas up 12, 59-47, with 5:14 to play.

David Hoskins hit a pair of foul shots for the Wildcats to make it an eight-
point game, 60-52, with 3:16 to play, but they would be shutout for the
remainder of the game.

The Jayhawks scored six straight points to end the game.

Kansas jumped out to an 18-7 lead after a Jeff Hawkins three. Diarra hit a
jumper with 8:27 left in the half to cut the lead to eight, 25-17, but the
Wildcats could get no closer in the first half.

The Jayhawks held a 15-point lead at the break, 39-24.

Game Notes

The Jayhawks shot 10-of-19 from beyond the arc for 52.6 percent, while Kansas
State shot only 4-of-9 for 44.4 percent…Kansas has won 12 of its last 13
games…The Wildcats won the first meeting between the two teams this season
on January 14th, 59-55.