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.