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Men's Basketball 2013-14 coverage

San Diego State defeats Kansas, 61-57

  • 3:30 p.m., Jan. 5, 2014
  • Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, KS
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Offensively challenged Jayhawks suffer rare home loss, 61-57 to San Diego State

Sunday’s 61-57 loss to San Diego State was the KU men's basketball team's first defeat at home to a non-Big 12 foe since a 78-71 setback to Oral Roberts on Nov. 15, 2006, and now the Jayhawks are looking for answers. By Gary Bedore

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Notebook: Tharpe plays despite ankle injury

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self, who often talks about the importance of toughness, praised junior point guard Naadir Tharpe for playing, despite a nasty left-ankle sprain, on Sunday in Allen Fieldhouse. By Gary Bedore

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KU coach Bill Self discusses his team's 61-57 loss to No. 21 San Diego State

KU coach Bill Self discusses his team's 61-57 loss to No. 21 San Diego State

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Joel Embiid, Frank Mason, Andrew Wiggins discuss KU's 61-57 loss to San Diego State

Joel Embiid, Frank Mason, Andrew Wiggins discuss KU's 61-57 loss to San Diego State

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21st-ranked Aztecs outplay Jayhawks inside to claim 61-57 victory

Following his team's 61-57 victory over Kansas University on Sunday at Allen Fieldhouse, San Diego State coach Steve Fisher sat in front of the media with the look of a math teacher and meticulously dissected all of the things that allowed his team to pull the upset. By Matt Tait

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Column: Better team won Sunday's Top 25 showdown at Allen Fieldhouse

The rankings and the oddsmakers’ lines suggest that San Diego State’s 61-57 Sunday afternoon victory against Kansas counts as an upset. Nothing about it felt that way. By Tom Keegan

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FINAL from Allen Fieldhouse: KU falls to San Diego State, 61-57

By Matt Tait — mtait@ljworld.com

No. 21 San Diego State led nearly the entirely way and held off a furious comeback attempt from 16th-ranked Kansas to win 61-57 on Sunday at Allen Fieldhouse.

The Aztecs' victory was its third consecutive win over a Top-25 team, marking the first time in school history that such a stretch has occurred.

KU trailed by as many as 11 points in the second half on a couple of occasions but managed to cut the deficit to two a couple of times, as well. But the Jayhawks could not crawl any closer and the Aztecs won their 11th in a row and improved to 12-1 on the season.

KU, which was led by Andrew Wiggins' 14 points, fell to 9-4. Frank Mason also added 14 points for KU, which shot just 30 percent from the floor for the game.

Here’s a quick look back at some of the action:

• The game turned when: SDSU hit the glass. Although the Aztecs put together a couple of good runs to take a 29-23 lead into halftime, it was their ability to score on second chances in the second half that allowed them to keep their lead.

• Offensive highlight: There weren't many, but with 15:28 to play in the second half, KU took the ball on the break and watched Wayne Selden throw down a monster slam to pull the Jayhawks within six at 33-27. At the time, the team and the building were hopping, but a SDSU timeout followed by a 5-0 run by the Aztecs gave SDSU its largest lead of the game and the highlight slam went down as just that.

• Defensive highlight: There were no monster blocks, no ridiculous steals, just another solid night of on-the-ball defense from Wiggins, who often forced his man into an awful shot only to see the miss scooped up by a SDSU player right at the rim for an easy bucket.

• Key stat: KU nearly reached double digits in missed field goals right at the rim. SDSU had something to do with a lot of the misses, but several KU players still missed far too many in close. Had they hit just a couple of them, the late rally might not have been necessary and this one could've been a different story.

• Up next: The Jayhawks will open up Big 12 play at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Oklahoma.

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