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Kansas Falls to USC in Second Round, 85-51

Courtesy of Kansas Athletics

INDIANAPOLIS – The third seeded Kansas Jayhawks fell to the six seeded USC Trojans, 85-51, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament inside Hinkle Fieldhouse on Monday Night.

The loss ends Kansas’ season at 21-9 (12-6 Big 12), while USC improves to 24-7 (12-3 Big 12) and advances to the Sweet Sixteen, where they will play seven seeded Oregon.

USC relied upon forward Isaiah Mobley, who scored a team-high 17 points. USC’s Isaiah White (13 pts.), Tahj Eaddy (12 pts.), Chevez Goodwin (10 pts.) and Evan Mobley (10 pts.) also scored in double figures.

Kansas fell behind early and was unable to gain leverage after falling behind 12-3 at the 12:44 mark of the first half.

Going into the half, Kansas faced its largest deficit of the season of 19 points, trailing 40-21.

In the second half, USC extended its lead to as many as 35 at 79-44 with 4:56 left in the game. Down the stretch, the Trojans were able to keep Kansas at a distance, winning 85-51.

Kansas was led by senior Marcus Garrett, who scored a team-high 15 points on 6-of-15 from the field.

USC shot 57% (32-of-56) from the field and 61% (11-of-18) from beyond the arc. (6) USC will take on (7) Oregon in the sweet sixteen.

Kansas finishes its season with 21 wins, marking the 32nd consecutive season with 21 or more wins, dating back to 1989-90.

Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
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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