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.
There are two reasons we won this game. Great coaching / scouting....and Travis Releford. McGruder got a few contested three's, but other than that, Travis Releford locked that man down.
Can anyone explain to me why Kevin Young had a mental breakdown?
It was almost humorous, but the guy truly went insane for a stretch.
I'm surprised there is no postgame forum yet. The Journal-World is usually pretty quick about making the switch right away.
hope there is no funeral in manhatten tomorrow
Best of all I won't wake up in Manhattan.
The skeptic had to leave. He got caught messin with the chickens and they made him go slop the hogs.
Its kind of interesting for this thread to continue so long after the game. I get the feeling someone forgot and left it open. :-)
Withey looked like he had a bug to me tonight, like he was playing with cold or flu.
Just e-mail station management at WBKI and gave them a piece of my mind for not carrying the Big 12 Network telecast like they were supposed to.
Did Withey get a block this game?
Imaskeptic, isn't it great being 17-1 and 5-0 in the conference.
And we haven't even got Perry really untracked yet.
We're going to get quite a bit better barring further injury.
And just think about this: we're doing all this without a 6-9, 240 baller that got injured and had to quit the game.
We're a flipping juggernaut, when you stop to think about it. :-)
KU takes away every opponent's inside game. Period. It is an amazing phenomenon. I don't really recall another team being able to do this so consistently.
The tough thing for every opponent facing this KU team is how do you beat KU when KU can hold you to 35% from the floor most games?
Ugh...EJ 4 assists to oppose 5 TOs!
The lovely ladies of KU made it on the chive to day if anyone's interested.
Yep, Spradling 0-5 all from 3Pt...no points.
stay classy beaker fans 4 point win isn't alot
Self on talking on 38 the spot for those in KS City.
Stole it from a buddy!
KSU needs to get some new uniforms, too. Those home uniforms look like practice threads.
Every mother a whor---
Interim Coach Weber gets his first taste of the rivalry that isn't.
We are really going to miss Releford next year.
EMAW! Exiting Manhattan A Winner
Just don't storm the court at Allen Fieldhouse unless Tyler Self is coaching the team to its fifth-straight losing season in the distant future and KU, 5-20 on the season, beats #1 MU. We expect to win at home.
Spradling shut out, right?
That was big 10 basketball
My son has named KU's strategy on offense. He calls it the Hannibal Offense. Hannibal defeated Rome once by placing his greatest strength on both wings, then feinting an attack in the middle, then attacking on BOTH wings. He says that is what both EJ and Dir have mastered. They dribble around out front like they are going to attack the basket, or slip it into Withey, but then they pass it to Ben, or Travis, where we always have matchup advantage over the opponents, and we attack them from those wings. At first I wasn't sure, but then the more I thought about it the more it made sense to me.
The Hannibal Offense!!!!!
Big win, might get them into the tourney. Go for it, have fun, fans.
I disagree about storming the court, as long as you're unranked and don't have a home-court advantage like that in Allen Fieldhouse.
9-point win *
They're storming the floor in Philadelphia.
-point win for Villanova over #5 Louisville. The fans stormed the court.
I had it on WatchESPN
"The Octagon of Doom," a name steeped in tradition
Remember, Self was slogging for this one, because his guys didn't have enough juice to get out and run for a game. But in Lawrence? Run them into the cracks in the floor.
Hard to believe UL had the #1 ranking at one point.
It's over. Villanova up 9 with 30 seconds left. Clock just delayed starting another 4 seconds.
Likelihood that perry is starting by the time we play them in AFH?
Louisville keeps losing on the road.
Deciding between Pitino and Wright is like picking between measles and mumps, but I've got to go with Rick. Please win Rick.
Weber managed timeouts like Chris Weber manages timeouts.
Wow! Louisville got beat.
I'm sure Self enjoyed beating Webber.,.
Clock just delayes starting for 7 seconds, to Louisville's advantage, but Villanova's going to win anyway.
If McLemore had hit that 3 when we were up 12-8, everybody with a "Beat KU" t-shirt would have gotten up and left
I predict we beat them by 20 in Lawrence, if we are healthy and not playing the back half of 2 in 3 days.
i think we take control of the BigXII by a lot more after tonight... great win hawks... ROCK CHALK
Whoops, sorry 13. That's what you get for believing Jack Harry.
Again, I wasn't referring to tonight's game. I'm happy we beat K-State, regardless of the score.
That was a great coached game by both coaches.
Only 5 turnovers tonight. Of course, KSU only had 2.
And do what? Sit Releford?
Thanks for the heads up both of you. 17-1 feels GOOOOOD
Can we all agree this is who we thought we were. This is just how we have to win games.
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