No.3 Kansas downs 11th-ranked Kansas State

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Updated: January 22, 2013

Travis Releford led the Jayhawks with 12
points and No.3 Kansas grinded out a 59-55 victory over 11th-ranked Kansas
State on Tuesday.

Jeff Withey scored 11 points to go with 10 rebounds and despite foul trouble
in the first half, Ben McLemore finished with 11 points to help the Jayhawks
(17-1, 5-0 Big 12) to their 16th straight victory.

Kansas State (15-3, 4-1) experienced its first conference loss of the season
and saw its eight-game winning streak come to an end. Shane Southwell scored
19 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the defeat.

Angel Rodriguez followed with 12 points and eight assists, but was held
scoreless in the second half as the Wildcats fell to the Jayhawks for the 45th
time in their last 48 meetings.

Despite shooting just 34.5 percent in the first half, the Wildcats trailed by
just four points at the break, but their streaky shooting would soon catch up
with them.

Rodney McGruder reduced their deficit to 31-30 with a 3-pointer early in the
second half, but the Wildcats missed their next four shots, in which time the
Jayhawks used an 8-0 run to build a 39-30 advantage.

McGruder converted two more triples to help keep Kansas State in the game, his
second bringing the Wildcats within 45-41 with 12:02 to go.

However, McLemore helped create double-digit separation for Kansas after
scoring seven straight points, giving the Jayhawks a 53-43 lead with 6:53
remaining.

Southwell buried a pair of 3-pointers around a Withey free throw to pull
Kansas State within 53-49. He then drove the length of the court to finish a
layup with under a minute remaining to cut the Wildcats’ deficit to three, but
they never came any closer.

Naadir Tharpe hit two clutch free throws to build a 58-53 advantage for Kansas
with just 23 seconds to go and the Wildcats’ hopes were crushed when McGruder
and Southwell each missed 3-pointers down the stretch.

Game Notes

Kansas holds a 193-91 lead in the all-time series between the schools …
Southwell shot 5-of-11 from 3-point-range … Kansas State had its 12-game
home winning streak dating back to last season come to an end … The Jayhawks
outshot the Wildcats 45.7 percent to 35.1 percent for the game.