Strong Second Half Lifts Kansas Past Texas, 69-58


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LAWRENCE, Kan. – Trailing by two points at the intermission, the Jayhawks outscored Texas 38-25 in the final 20 minutes as No. 3 Kansas secured a 69-58 win over the Longhorns Monday night inside Allen Fieldhouse. Senior Udoka Azubuike came off the bench to post a team-high 17 points and his ninth double-double of the season as the Jayhawks claimed their seventh-straight win.

The win moved Kansas to 19-3 on the year and 8-1 in the Big 12. Texas fell to 14-8 in its 2019-20 campaign and 4-5 in league play.

Holding a two-point advantage with 11 minutes remaining in regulation, Azubuike scored six points during a two-minute, 8-0 KU run to finally put some space between the Jayhawks and the visitors from Austin. That run extended to a 19-4 spirt as the Jayhawks held the Longhorns to just two field goals during an eight-minute span of the second half. KU’s run was capped with another Azubuike lay-up at the 3:09 mark, giving him his 16th and 17th points of the night as the Jayhawk lead swelled to 63-46.

407 – With his 8-of-10 performance from the field, Azubuike collected the 400th field goal of his collegiate career, a number which qualifies him for the NCAA’s all-time field goal percentage list. His career mark of 407-of-543 (75.0%) ranks him as the leader in NCAA DI history for field goal percentage. The mark is just ahead of Tacko Fall (2016-19), who turned in a career percentage of 74% (497-of-672) during his time at Central Florida.

Kansas opens a two-game Big 12 road swing at TCU on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 11 a.m. (Central). The contest will be televised on ESPN2. Kansas is 18-2 all-time against TCU and has won the last four meetings. The Jayhawks are 7-1 versus TCU in meetings in Fort Worth, Texas, including a 5-1 record in Schollmaier Arena. Beginning in 2014, KU has won the last six meetings against TCU in Fort Worth including last year’s 82-77 overtime victory.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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