Bill Self doesn’t want Kansas University’s basketball players interacting with opposing fans during games. By Gary Bedore
Down nine points Monday night in Bramlage Coliseum, 19 fewer seconds remained than when the Kansas University basketball program faced the same deficit and staged its greatest comeback ever in San Antonio six years ago. In a remarkable flurry spurred by reserve Brannen Greene, KU forced an overtime again, but lost this time, 83-79. By Tom Keegan
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The last time former Kansas State Wildcat Jordan Henriquez felt this much joy inside Bramlage Coliseum was Valentine's Day 2011, when his KSU team knocked off Kansas University for the lone victory of his career against the Jayhawks. The big man was courtside Monday for the Wildcats' first win over the Jayhawks since then. By Matt Tait
Just when it appeared the No. 7-ranked Kansas University men's basketball team would find a way to continue its run of dominance in the Sunflower Showdown, the Jayhawks finally ran out of magic in overtime at Bramlage Coliseum, and lost, 85-82, to the Wildcats.
K-State (17-7 overall, 7-4 Big 12) out-scored KU, 16-13, in the five-minute overtime after the Jayhawks (18-6, 9-2) came storming back in the final minutes of regulation.
KU, which struggled offensively all evening against an inspired K-State defense, somehow out-scored its in-state rival, 10-1, in the final 1:47.
While the Wildcats missed free throws and shots in that span, a crazy sequence from Jayhawks freshman reserve Brannen Greene saved the day temporarily with more than a minute to go. He crashed in to score on an offensive rebound, then stole an in-bound pass and converted a layup in a 10-second stretch, cutting a seven-point K-State advantage to three.
Freshman Andrew Wiggins (16 points, 5 rebounds) forced overtime by putting back his own miss with seven seconds left in regulation.
But in overtime, a Will Spradling three-pointer got the Wildcats off to a quick recovery, and once sophomore KU forward Perry Ellis (19 points, 11 rebounds) fouled out with Kansas down 80-77 with 36 seconds left in OT, the Wildcats sealed the win at the foul line with free throws from Marcus Foster (20 points) and Will Spradling (15 points).
K-State held its rival to 27 of 64 shooting from the floor and a 2 for 16 night from three-point range. The Wildcats hit 30 of 61 shots and 8 of 15 from deep. Kansas also missed 11 free throws, finishing 23 for 34.
Kansas, now up one game on Texas in the Big 12 standings, plays host to TCU on Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse.