Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Undefeated Kansas Jayhawks Are Undefeated No Longer

Michael Beasley scored 25 points and Bill Walker had 19 and No. 22 Kansas State ended a 24-year, home-court losing streak against archrival Kansas with an 81-73 victory Wednesday night against the previously unbeaten No. 2 Jayhawks.

Always double- and sometimes triple-teamed when touched the ball inside, the 6-foot-10 Beasley was held to only eight points in the first half but scored six in a row in the first few minutes after intermission and Kansas never caught up.Beasley, the nation's leading rebounder and No. 4 scorer, was 4-for-4 from behind the 3-point arc as the Wildcats (15-4, 5-0 Big 12) took over first place in a Big 12 conference they've never even competed in, let alone won.Kansas (20-1, 5-1), two victories short of matching the best start in its storied basketball history, lost on its state rival's home court for the first time since 1983.

The 24-game streak in an opponent's home gym came within one of tying the NCAA Division I record which UCLA set against California from 1961-68.The capacity crowd of 12,528 in Bramlage Colisium, where Kansas had been 19-0, sensed the victory with more than five minutes to go and security guards, worried about a near-riot, moved near the court.It didn't keep the floor from being flooded by delirious Wildcats fans.Jacob Pullen had 20 points for Kansas State. Mario Chalmers had 19 and Darrell Arthur had 12 for Kansas.

Team Stat Comparison

Points 75 84
FG Made-Attempted 26-54 (.481) 27-63 (.429)
3P Made-Attempted 6-17 (.353) 12-26 (.462)
FT Made-Attempted 17-20 (.850) 18-24 (.750)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (0/0) 21 (0/0)
Largest Lead 4 12
Game Leaders
PointsM. Chalmers 19M. Beasley 25
ReboundsB. Rush 7M. Beasley 6

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