Kansas defeats San Diego State, 70-57

  • 10 p.m., Dec. 22, 2015
  • Viejas Arena, San Diego, CA

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

KU Christmas crisis averted: Jayhawks win at SDSU

Kansas forward Jamari Traylor (31) celebrates between San Diego State forward Skylar Spencer (0) and forward Zylan Cheatham (14) during a Jayhawk run in the second half, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015 at Viejas Arena in San Diego.

Kansas forward Jamari Traylor (31) celebrates between San Diego State forward Skylar Spencer (0) and forward Zylan Cheatham (14) during a Jayhawk run in the second half, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015 at Viejas Arena in San Diego.


— There will be nonstop ho-ho-hoing and mistletoe-ing in the household of Kansas University’s basketball players and coaches this Christmas.

No need for Scrooge-like mentions in 2015: The Perry Ellis-led Jayhawks gave their fans an early present in the form of a 70-57 victory over San Diego State on Tuesday in Viejas Arena.

“The pie tastes better when you win before Christmas,” concedes KU coach Bill Self, whose squad — thanks to Ellis’ 20 points and Wayne Selden Jr.’s 10 key second-half points to go with Frank Mason III’s 10 first-half points — improved to 10-1 heading into a four-day break. 

“We needed this win. We needed to go on the road and play in a good building, good environment, which we did. I thought the atmosphere was fantastic. I loved it,” Self said.

The Jayhawks are off from now until Saturday night, when they reunite before their holiday clinic at noon Sunday.

Ellis scored 14 points off 6-of-11 shooting (2-for-3 from three) and Mason 10 points off 4-of-9 shooting (also 2-for-3 from three) as the Jayhawks led, 39-27, at halftime. KU’s biggest lead of the half was actually 16 points as the Jayhawks stormed to a 35-19 advantage.

Ellis, a 6-foot-8 senior from Wichita, had 14 of KU’s first 26 points as KU rolled to a 26-13 lead with 8:56 left in the half. He could have made it an early 16 points, but missed a layup right after KU had built that 13-point advantage.

Ellis knocked down three shots in his first four tries, including a three, as KU grabbed a 11-6 lead at 15:31. The lead then climbed to 11 points at 17-6 following back-to-back threes by Mason.

“That’s the best he’s been,” Self said of Ellis. “It’s the most aggressive he’s been all year long.”

“Perry was great. He was pumping me up, being a leader out there. On the court he was yelling, ‘Mari, Mari. Let’s go.’ That was something different from him,” noted Jamari Traylor, who in playing 15 minutes the second half finished with six points and six boards.

Of his play, Ellis said: “I came out and wanted to attack. It was important to make shots. It was important to be aggressive to win on the road.”

The only first-half negative came when Selden — the hero of the second half — picked up his second foul at 17:39 and did not play the remainder of the half.

Selden pretty much saved the Jayhawks after a second-half Aztec flurry cut KU’s 12-point halftime lead to 45-41 at 13:45.

Selden scored eight points and Brannen Greene three in an 11-0 run that gave the Jayhawks a comfy 56-41 margin. Selden cashed a huge three to open that run and widen the lead to 48-41. He then followed with a hard drive to the hoop and ensuing layup as the lead grew to 50-41.

Selden, who went scoreless the first half, finished with 10 points. Mason had 12 and Devonté Graham 10 for KU, which hit 42.6 percent to the Aztecs’ 37 percent. KU hit eight of 19 threes and the Aztecs three of eight.

The Jayhawks made up for last year’s pre-Christmas loss to Temple. KU lost by 25 points in Philadelphia.

“We had a tight huddle playing on the road,” Traylor said. “We were together and played a great game.”

The Jayhawks also made up for a loss to S.D. State in Lawrence two seasons ago.

“I didn’t make a big deal out of that,” Self said. “They had a good team. I knew we had to make shots tonight, and we did.”

KU will meet UC Irvine at 8 p.m., Dec. 29, in Allen.

Notes: Lagerald Vick did not suit up. Self said he has been ill. ... Former KU center Eric Chenowith and signee Mitch Lightfoot visited with Self after the game.

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By the Numbers: Kansas 70, San Diego State 57

By the Numbers: Kansas 70, San Diego State 57


Mike Riches 6 years, 4 months ago

Nice win against a decent team with a great home crowd. There are not many places in the Big 12 with that kind of crowd. One of the most frustrating things for me was to see so many missed bunnies, but maybe we just need to accept that, because it doesn't look like it's changing anytime soon. That said, this team looks poised, is not afraid to scrap, plays with grit and hunger, and barring a post-holiday meltdown, will begin conference play with its only loss being to the #1 team in the country. I'd say it's a great time to be a Jayhawk fan! Rock Chalk and Merry Christmas!

Jared Reeves 6 years, 4 months ago

I wish I could have seen this one. I agree that missed bunnies seem to be a trend with this team, especially against good defenses. Only 24 points in the paint tonight, which isn't great. But this team does a lot of other things well, like shoot the three. Also, glad to see Ellis had a good game.


Kent Richardson 6 years, 4 months ago

Seven straight open bunnies missed to start the 2nd half. It is like a contagious virus. We were not moving the ball around the perimeter the second half except for one time when crisp passing was rewarded with a 3 three from the corner. Svi has developed a weird three set up and stroke. No squaring up.

Joe Joseph 6 years, 4 months ago

SDSU (this year) is comparable to just about any team in the bottom 2 or 3 of the Big XII. "Decent" is probably fair, but I'd be inclined to call them "okay." They're definitely not a tournament team unless they get hot in their conference.

The best part about this game is how hard KU competed given the circumstances. This game meant very little in terms of impact on the season... Tough environment... Holiday break looming... Despite all of that, the players still competed and worked hard. You would expect an experienced team do that, and they did.

This is a true indicator of growth and a promising outcome!

Marius Rowlanski 6 years, 4 months ago

9 total minutes for Diallo - what am I missing??

Kent Richardson 6 years, 4 months ago

It was a very strange substitution decision night by Bill. Jamari played a ton but did okay. When we were clicking during the first 15 min Hunter, Carlton and Cheick all looked pretty decent. We then started acting weird. Led by Frank and DeVonte we started making the strangest decisions with little soft passes, Who ever got the pass would stand in one spot dribble a bit and weakly pass it off. Then a strange attempt to try an individual play that would stop about three steps in and a feather pass to no one in particular. Until Wayne saved us with his quick 5 points it was bizarre. we should have easily scored 50-60 in the first half but our lights went out. For the rest of the game all of our team except Jamari, Perry and Selden were literally acting like blank faced zombies. It was the only time I have seen that from DeVonte and Frank this year.

Benz Junque 6 years, 4 months ago

"Did OK"?!? Traylor was fantastic in the 2nd half fighting for offensive boards and he was rewarded with some extra minutes.

Tim Gershon 6 years, 4 months ago

I have to agree with Benz, Jamari was fantastic. It was hard to justify putting in Cheick, he looked completely lost but had a few good contested makes. Jamari was all over the place on defense and it would be hard to justify taking out a senior whose firing on all cylinders for a lost freshman.

You are spot on with the second half though, it was very bizarre how we would just have one player try to make a weak play off the dribble and then make a weak pass instead of sharing the ball like we did so well the first half.

Gerry Butler 6 years, 4 months ago

what your missing is,Jamari Traylor, he saved our butts on the boards in the 2nd half, his energy, scrappiness, over all play. I have or should say we have as I have read on other sites from a lot of different ones that , have no problem with the playing time Jamari got last night. Don't get me wrong, seemed like he was a little more under control, but I don't know, I'm beginning to think that this year just might play out where this rotation thing may just carry through, situational play. If we are playing a bigger body more physical 5, chances are Landon may play a little more, just don't know, I still think Diallo IS going to see his share of PT as long as he can stay out of foul trouble, and learn to stay on his feet and not think he is going to block any and everything that goes up. Carlton brings a lot, Hunter helps with his blocking ability, score a lil bit, I just think it is what it is, not enough separation between the players. ROCK CHALK ALL DAY LONG BABY

Marius Rowlanski 6 years, 4 months ago

Saved our butts against San Diego State University? The same team that lost at home To the Grand Canyon Antelopes? We never should have been in a situation where we needed to be saved.

Carlton does bring a lot and he got to show it all in 6 min. total.

I'm not taking anything away from Jamari; 21 min 6 pt, 6 rb, 1 block and 3 steals. Decent but not fantastic. His energy off the bench is what made his play stand out. Maybe it was just one of those nights – Michigan State needed overtime to pull out a win against the Oakland Golden Grizzlies as did Virginia over Cal.

It seems we struggle often in the final game leading up to Christmas regardless of the location the last few years but as we get ready to start conference play, I think our freshman are a long way from being where they need to be. Is Diallo underperforming? That excuse was used for Alexander last season. He did miss five games but he was able to practice during that time period, kind of what he is doing now..

Gerry Butler 6 years, 4 months ago

Yep you caught on quick, that be the one, San Diego State the one that got beat at home by Grand Canyon & yes you got it that's 2 for you SAVED OUR BUTTS your are 100% correct, but yet again something not sinking in for you, you point out that Carlton showed in 6 minutes that's great, but as seeing as how your wanting to complain about players and their playing time - - -AGAIN sooner or later you will understand that, it is just not going to happen when a player is busting his butt and playing really well, he is NOT going to be pulled, just so others can get their playing time, the only time when a player who is playing well and doing whats needed, whats asked for, the only time he will come out is for a brief period, then right back in Not an excuse- - cold hard fact. Cheick RIGHT NOW can not stay on the floor a foul ration of about 1 per minute, gets lost on defense, and just now starting to learn how to be able to kick it out, instead of trying to put up a shot as soon as it touches his hands no matter who all is on him, Cheick is going to be fine, but in case you haven't heard discussion, or by the COACH you know who the ?Coach is don't you? BILL SELF, ya if you haven't heard from him or in case you haven't watched Cheick is very very RAW nad has a long ways to go, on BOTH ENDS but thanks for noticing. ROCK CHALK ALL DAY LONG BABY

Marius Rowlanski 6 years, 4 months ago

Gerry, I'm not missing anything. When need to play the player who will give us the best shot of winning. What you are missing is that both players played almost exclusively in the first half where we had a considerable lead.

Let's just agree to disagree. I don't think either of us is willing to sacrifice their beliefs and how this game was played. I do agree that Jamari got it together in the second half with his energy and willingness to get down on the floor probably saved the game, BUT it wasn't neither Bragg nor Diallo's fault that allowed a team to come back from 16 points down. I blame that mostly on the play of our guards.

And finally, Bragg and Diallo are the most talented players on the team. I also thought that this could have been a really good learning experience for Vick to come in.

I enjoy your posts but NOBODY can possibly agree all the time. Have a great Christmas, wherever you are and no dumb mistakes on New Year's Eve.

Rodney Crain 6 years, 4 months ago

It was a very nice win, I don't care about style points considering our issues with a game like this in the past, see Temple.

We played them even after the 12 minute mark, again do not care it was a win. We won both halves, works for me. Self played mostly 6 guys again and this might be the new normal. Find players who are playing well or defending the other teams best guy and let them go till they get tired. Fine by me. Just keep winning. Anyone thinking the coach is set in his ways, take notice, he's not.

Not being able to view the game, been saying all along the B12 conference is still in the stone age, except for Texas, on keeping up with the other major conferences. The days of watching content for free are over I am afraid, But when you can't watch it when you are paying in state cause of a blackout that is a Huge mistake. If you think we should blame Texas for some of this, I say yep partner we do. It all tracks back to the burnt orange and their strangle hold on the conferfence. Wouldn't it have been nice for Texas to leave, everyone else stay and we added TCU?

Have a Merry Christmas, hope you have a safe and wonderful time. We have our Honeybaked Ham, everyone is in town now, we are all set!

Kent Richardson 6 years, 4 months ago

Merry Christmas to you Rodney. It was a road win thank you very much.

Jay Scott 6 years, 4 months ago

The CBS crew were gushing about how great and dominant Kansas was in the first half. The color man, Steve Lappas anointed Kansas as the best team in the country. In the second half, SDSU showed up. They're athletic. It was a good win.

Kent Richardson 6 years, 4 months ago

As soon as we went weird so did Lappas. Lol.

Rodney Crain 6 years, 4 months ago

I think that was a Mountain West CBS crew. They get excited when blue bloods visit.

Benz Junque 6 years, 4 months ago

You have no clue what you're talking about, Rodney. The game was blacked out in KC area for all non-Time Warner customers because of an agreement between KU and Time Warner. It has nothing to do with the Big 12. And isn't TCU already in the conference?!?

Rodney Crain 6 years, 4 months ago

Settle down Benz, you did not understand my post. It will be ok, have a sugar cookie and some egg nog you are way to stressed out. Let me explain it for you.

I was referencing TK and others who have pointed out difficulty watching the game (you saw that right?), and if you could have the same pre- B12 conf. (same teams as before) and trade TCU for Texas (if Texas wanted to leave anyway cause we all did not bow to their network requests) and all the headaches they have caused us since with that network, would you? I would in a second.

To me the B12 has still not recovered from the great migration of schools that left. We certainly do not have a solid conference network like the SEC, P12 and B10 do. I get all of those, trust me we are at a disadvantage. We are the poor mans 5th out of 5 power conferences when it comes to media availability.

James Smith 6 years, 4 months ago

Rodney I watched the game on CBSSN channel 221 on Directv. I live in Ohio and only have 2 or 3 games that are not televised.

Rodney Crain 6 years, 4 months ago

Hi James I was able to watch it too on CBSSSN in Chicago but I heard others could not. That is just not right.

Bryce Landon 6 years, 4 months ago

In defense of the cable companies, the reason the game was carried on CBS Sports Network is because the Mountain West's TV contracts gives CBS-SN exclusive rights to televise their home games. I don't think Mountain West executives were taking us KU fans into account when they signed that contract.

Benz Junque 6 years, 4 months ago

Don't let logic and common sense get in the way..... it has no place here!

Rodney Crain 6 years, 4 months ago

or you not understanding words and sentences - settle down Benz no need to be grinch today, we won right? Why get soooo upset?

Darwin Dandy 6 years, 4 months ago

Brannen Greene has really been locked in these last few games. He played and acted like he want to play defense. He never got to up or down on himself. I love the way he is playing right now. I hope he keeps it up.

Gerry Butler 6 years, 4 months ago

Agree Darwin, he has been doing better, and with such- - -you see he is getting increased playing time, think am pretty sure Coach sees it also, was actually stunned when it was him that missed our only free throw, he is Mr automatic from there also, but he is getting better or least it looked like on defense for sure, got a couple of rebounds just a better all around game out of him, plus he normally is a machine scoring the ball

Kent Richardson 6 years, 4 months ago

He was playing defense and not just being Brannen the Bomber. However he does not get open for threes. Without the ball he just trots to a spot with no quickness so he is easy to guard on the line. And the times when he zones out it is comical if I wasn't having a stroke. His head fills with air and he floats away like Peter Pan. Lol

Cameron Schienebeck 6 years, 4 months ago

Big fan of Perry Ellis but my one question to him would be why aren't you coming out aggressive and wanting to attack every game?

Colby Hebert 6 years, 4 months ago

The game was on my Charter package, in the 800's where they bury those channels.

A lot have questioned the playing time. If you watched the game, when it got close, Self put in Traylor, his most experienced big. Traylor went beastmode on the boards. The commentators even remarked on it. Not sure what Self was supposed to do when we went on a huge run and Traylor is rebounding like Rodman..

Gerry Butler 6 years, 4 months ago

I agree Colby, to a huge part of it, on the defensive end anyways Jamari saved our butts.Like you said he went beast mode really attacked the glass, getting big time rebounds, just being aggressive, solid defense, there are some that believe just because some one comes in as a McDonalds all American and of hear say of what he can do that they should automatically get the nod, then when he plays his 1st game and has a pretty good game against a so, so team that just adds fuel to the fire,- - - it doesn't work that way, you got to prove yourself, earn the minutes, Now I do agree 100% Cheick looked better last night, looked calmer, more relaxed, hit a couple of shots, but he has to show it in practice too, prove that he is improving, not just games every now and then, until he can learn how not to leave his feet on every simple head fake, or someone driving to the rim, until he can play without fouling out in 10 minutes of playing time learn to play with out fouling every couple of minutes then , his minutes will continue to be limited, he is going to be fine, Like we have heard though repeatedly, he is RAW, very RAW just going to take some time, plus Jamari played very well last night, so it wasn't just Cheick all the others sit,

Marius Rowlanski 6 years, 4 months ago

Careful Colby, 'Beast Mode' has been trademarked by Marshawn Lynch to the tune of mid-six figures income.

Dale Rogers 6 years, 4 months ago

Gary Bedore, just an aside... you might want to change the reference to Ellis being a Junior...

Anthon Bowleg 6 years, 4 months ago

Anyone know a good website I can stream the games live on. I'm in the Bahamas and we miss a lot of the games bc of cable package. email at

Rodney Crain 6 years, 4 months ago

Did anyone else hear the annoucers reference Fargo seaon 2 charactor Mike Milligan in reference to a KU player hitting shots.? What a reach lol.

Roger Hoff 6 years, 4 months ago

Has anyone been able to find a replay of last nights game? Thanks

Roger Hoff 6 years, 4 months ago

Forget my question. I found it on youtube.

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