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San Diego State defeats Kansas, 61-57

  • 3:30 p.m., Jan. 5, 2014
  • Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, KS

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.

Box Score

Comments

Asad Zoberi 3 years, 11 months ago

KU lost to a very good team - long, athletic, experienced. I would not be surprised if SDSU gets the ring this year. They are really good.

I also hope that some of our Bigs can get the beast mode in them, like T-Rob, Twins, Kaun. They also must learn to box out.

I am also disappointed that two of our main 3 point shooters once gain warmed the bench for most of the entire game. I am still puzzled at Self's rotation philosophy this year.

Kevin Huffman 3 years, 11 months ago

Agree...disappointed in Self playing Greene 0 mins. in a game in which it looked like we sorely needed him.

And for those who did play I was most disappointed in Ellis. Supposedly, we're supposed to have good passing bigs but Embiid & Ellis were NOT doing well when double-teamed.

Bryce Landon 3 years, 11 months ago

Again, my guess is that Greene and White have not earned Self's trust by the way they practice. Then again, I'm starting to wonder what's going on in practice because this team looked no better today than they did against Villanova.

Rodney Crain 3 years, 11 months ago

This could be the worst team in Bill Self's career at Kansas. We are in for a very long year.

Lance Cheney 3 years, 11 months ago

I'm not sure what Self's thinking was in not playing Landon Lucas more in the second half. He was at least getting rebounds and playing defense (2 things that were severely lacking tonight).

Bryce Landon 3 years, 11 months ago

As I said in the comment thread, if Dr. Zenger has any integrity, he will send refunds to every single Kansas fan who fought bad weather and Arctic temperatures to get to Allen Fieldhouse only to see the Jayhawks put up very little fight against the Aztecs.

Phil Leister 3 years, 11 months ago

Hey buddy, it's a privilege to get to watch the Jayhawks play. And the beautiful thing about sports is that anyone can beat anyone on a given day. We lost today, which sucks. But let's not get overly dramatic and call out Zenger or ask for a refund.

Hank Cross 3 years, 11 months ago

This isn't rocket science. If you have the better talent and are struggling on offense, try to change the tempo to create more opportunities for your player to make a move on the open floor. Force your opponent to react faster than they are used to. The OR FB's offense is based on that. Instead, how many times did SDSU get to walk it up and how many times did KU walk it up and allow SDSU to set their defense.

Brianna Zaleski 3 years, 11 months ago

Exactly. When what u are doing is not working, speed the tempo up and get behind the def before it sets. We did that, like, twice today and it worked both times. Of course we get NO perimeter steals. Our players are so good in transition we just never get the chance due to lack of thefts from our guards. Very disappointing.

Kevin Huffman 3 years, 11 months ago

I doubt that. OSU lost at K-State, Baylor has had some real shaky outings against the likes of Southern, etc.

Tony Bandle 3 years, 11 months ago

Momma said there'd be days like this, days like this, days like this"..... sigh!!

Tony Bandle 3 years, 11 months ago

Momma said there'd be days like this, days like this, days like this"..... sigh!!

Suzi Marshall 3 years, 11 months ago

I wish I could share your your outlook. I see a team unable to make the plays down the stretch to pull out a tough win.

I suppose there is hope since all our losses have been to quality ranked teams with a combined record of 49-6. Every one has been close and we could have won all with a play down the stretch. The team has never given up.

Bryce Landon 3 years, 11 months ago

No they don't. This team is too talented to be 9-4 - they should be 12-1 - and yet they are underachieving, just like last year's Kentucky team, because some of these guys think they are too good to be in college. They have done very little to convince me that they will win the Big 12 this year. Meanwhile, as someone who absolutely hates Iowa State - and it makes my scalp itch to say it - but I'd say the Cyclones have a better chance to win the Big 12 than does this year's Jayhawks.

Ethan Berger 3 years, 11 months ago

Teams that don't care make comebacks simple as that. This team is nothing like UK last year. This team isn't selfish, soft yes but not self centered. Heck we need 1 to be like that.

Mark Lindrud 3 years, 11 months ago

Until we can consistently shoot from the outside we are not a contender, either White or Greene needs to step up and earn a spot in the rotation. Also, Lucas needs more chances to help off the bench.

Aaron Paisley 3 years, 11 months ago

This team is what it is, a young team without a play maker that is a poor jump shooting team. I know Self wants Tharpe and Mason to be more facilitators on this team, but those are the only two players willing to go get their own shot at any time. I'd like to see how this team would look with both Tharpe and Mason starting and put Selden on the bench right now since he hasn't done much of anything the past few games.

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