No. 5 Kansas outlasts rival Missouri
Lawrence, KS (Sports Network) – Sherron Collins netted 23 points to lead the
fifth-ranked Kansas Jayhawks past the Missouri Tigers, 80-77, at Allen
Brandon Rush added 16 points and seven boards for the Jayhawks (16-2, 3-0
Big 12), who have won 10 straight. Sasha Kaun contributed nine points and
seven rebounds in the victory.
Matt Lawrence poured in 19 points for the Tigers (11-6, 0-4), who have now
lost four straight. Stefhon Hannah added 15 points while Marshall Brown
chipped in with 14.
With Kansas leading by one point, Brown hit two shots from the free throw line
to move Missouri in front, 72-71.
Collins answered at the other end for the Jayhawks and drove into the lane
and scooped in a layup to put Kansas back on top by one point with just under
2 1/2 minutes remaining.
After Lawrence missed a shot from beyond the arc, Collins was left all alone
in the left corner and drilled a trey to increase Kansas’ lead to 76-72 with
about 1 1/2 minutes to go.
Lawrence was then fouled after a successful layup, and after making his free
throw, pulled the Tigers to 76-75 with 1:23 on the clock.
Darrell Arthur’s layup with the shot clock winding down made it a three-point
game in favor of Kansas.
Two free throws by Brown made it a one-point contest once again, but with
around 30 seconds left, Collins laid in two points to make it a three-point
Hannah then missed a long three-point attempt and Julian Wright pulled down
the board to preserve the victory for the Jayhawks.
Kansas led 40-39 at halftime after a back-and-forth first half that saw 14
Collins led the Jayhawks with eight points as the team shot 44 percent from
the field. Kansas also was 5-of-10 from long distance range in the opening 20
Lawrence had a solid first half for the Tigers, netting 11 points on 3-of-5
shooting from beyond the arc.
Kansas owns a 163-93 advantage in the all-time series with Missouri…The
Jayhawks improved to 11-1 at home this season…Kansas shot 49 percent from
the field for the game…Missouri dropped to 0-3 on the road this season.