By Matt Tait — firstname.lastname@example.org
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.