No. 6 Jayhawks top Wildcats, extend Little Apple dominance
Manhattan, KS (Sports Network) – Sherron Collins netted 20 points on 8-of-11
shooting as No. 6 Kansas continued its domination over rival Kansas State with
a 71-62 victory.
Mario Chalmers added 17 points while Darrell Arthur posted 13 points and
collected 12 rebounds for the Jayhawks (24-4, 11-2 Big 12), who have won all
19 meetings at Bramlage Coliseum and 24 straight in Manhattan. With
the win, Kansas assumed a half- game edge over idle Texas A&M for first place
in the conference.
Cartier Martin had 19 points and Clent Stewart had 11 points and five assists
for Kansas State (19-9, 8-5), which dropped to 12-2 at home on the season.
The Wildcats actually owned a 30-29 lead at intermission, and remained in
solid position early in the second half in an attempt to pick up their first
win in Manhattan against the Jayhawks since 1984.
After falling behind by five points, Kansas State rallied back to knot
the game at 43-43 on a Lance Harris three-pointer with 11:14 remaining.
Collins answered with a triple of his own, however, and the Jayhawks led the
rest of the way. That was the start of a defining 9-2 spurt, which Brandon
Rush capped with a pair of free throws to push the advantage to 52-45.
Minutes later, Rush put the lead into double digits at 57-47 with an acrobatic
layup, and Collins followed with two free throws to make it a 12-point game
with 5:39 on the clock.
Kansas State made a late push and climbed within six in the closing
seconds, but got no further.
The Jayhawks have won five in a row overall…Kansas has won 34 of the last 35
meetings with Kansas State dating back to the 1990 season. The Jayhawks hold a
173-89 all-time series advantage over the Wildcats…Last season, Kansas State
ended a 31-game Kansas winning streak with a 59-55 victory in Allen Fieldhouse
on Jan. 14.