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Men's Basketball 2012-13 coverage

Kansas defeats Kansas State, 59-55

  • 7 p.m., Jan. 22, 2013
  • Bramlage Coliseum, Manhattan, KS
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Opinion: Naadir Tharpe big reason nightmare stretch is over

On this night, especially in the first half, Kansas sophomore point guard Naadir Tharpe did a brilliant job of doing what point guards are supposed to do, which is to bring out the best in the other four players on the floor, Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan writes.• Box score• KU coach Bill Self postgame audio

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KU coach Bill Self talks after win over KSU

Kansas coach Bill Self talks after the Jayhawks' 59-55 victory over Kansas State on Jan. 22, 2013.

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Travis Releford and Jeff Withey

Kansas seniors Travis Releford and Jeff Withey talk to reporters following the Jayhawks' 59-55 victory over Kansas State on Jan. 22, 2013.

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Wildcats try, but die, by the three

Kansas State’s offensive strategy coming into Tuesday’s men’s basketball game was to avoid Kansas University shot-blocker Jeff Withey by trying to shoot open shots on the outside. By Jesse Newell

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Opinion: Ben McLemore once again shows his huge upside

On a night he watched from the bench in foul trouble and too often from the perimeter when in the game, red-shirt freshman Ben McLemore again showed he’s the player on the roster with the most untapped potential. By Tom Keegan

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Notebook: Naadir Tharpe keeps his cool; Kevin Young jokes about his 'pass'

Naadir Tharpe insists he wasn't nervous when he stepped to the free-throw line with 22 seconds left in Kansas' narrow victory at Kansas State. By Gary Bedore

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FINAL: KU holds off Kansas State, 59-55, takes sole possession of first in Big 12

Travis Releford scored 12 points on 5-for-6 shooting, and the Kansas men's basketball team made free throws late to hold a lead in a 59-55 victory over Kansas State on Tuesday night at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan.

KU (17-1, 5-0 Big 12) is in first place by itself in the conference after the win.

KSU (15-3, 4-1) pulled to within three at 56-53 with 37 seconds left on a layup by Shane Southwell.

Naadir Tharpe hit both ends of a one-and-one with 22 seconds left, then Rodney McGruder missed a desperation three with 18 seconds left.

McLemore missed the front end of a one-and-one, and McGruder made two free throws after getting fouled with 5 seconds left to cut KU's lead to 59-56.

Elijah Johnson was fouled with 3 seconds left and made the first free throw of a one-and-one attempt to seal it.

Jeff Withey added 11 points and 10 rebounds, while Ben McLemore contributed 11 points and five rebounds.

KU will play a home game against Oklahoma at 3 p.m. Saturday.

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