Jayhawks Outshoot Wildcats in Dillons Sunflower Showdown, 102-83

Courtesy of Kansas Athletics

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Led by 23 points from senior guard Ochai Agbaji and a team season-high 64.1 percent field goal percentage, the No. 5 Kansas Jayhawks defeated the Kansas State Wildcats, 102-83 inside Allen Fieldhouse on Tuesday evening.

No. 5 Kansas improves to 23-4 (12-2 Big 12) this season, giving Kansas its 12th league win for the 22nd consecutive season, dating back to the 2001 season. K-State falls to 14-13 (6-9 Big 12) this year, with the Jayhawks winning their seventh-straight against the Wildcats. KU improved its overall series lead to 203-94 and 52-18 in Allen Fieldhouse.

The 102 points scored against the Wildcats were the most since defeating K-State, 103-68 on Feb. 27, 2002 inside Allen Fieldhouse, while it was the most KU points at home against a conference opponent since defeating Oklahoma, 104-74, in Allen Fieldhouse in 2018.

Agbaji’s 23 points mark his 15th game with 20+ points this season, including the 22nd time in his career. Agbaji has now scored in double-figures in 26-consecutive games, tying Wayne Simien for the longest single-season streak in the Bill Self era. Agbaji was joined in double-figures by junior guard Christian Braun (20 pts.), redshirt-sophomore Jalen Wilson (17 pts.) and super-senior forward Mitch Lightfoot (13 pts.).

As a team, Kansas outshot K-State by hitting 64.1 percent (41-of-64) from the field, which was the highest field goal percentage against a conference opponent since March 14, 2013, when Kansas shot 66.0 percent against Texas Tech.

The Jayhawks were able to take the early lead by capitalizing on three-straight K-State turnovers, which resulted in a 6-0 KU run to make the score 18-13 just over 7 minutes into the game.

Kansas would go on another run in the first half, going on a 7-0 stretch to extend its lead to 40-25 on a 3-pointer from Wilson. Kansas used the run to grab its largest lead of the half at 46-30 with 4:19 remaining in the half.

The Wildcats then spouted off a 9-0 run on three-straight 3-pointers to trim the lead to 46-39 with 2:43 remaining. Kansas would ultimately go into the locker room with a 53-43 lead after the first 20 minutes of play.

Nearly mid-way through the second half, both teams came out firing, as Kansas connected on 7-of-8 from the field over a span of just four minutes, which included five points from both Agbaji and Wilson. The hot hand helped Kansas extend its lead to 77-61 with 11:48 remaining.

The Jayhawks would lead by as many as 27 points at 96-69, in a second half that was fueled by the play of Braun, who scored a team-high 12 second-half points. Agbaji added 10 points in the second half, which helped Kansas secure the 102-83 victory.

Kansas will now hit the road to face No. 10 Baylor, Saturday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. The contest will be televised on ESPN. ESPN College GameDay will originate from Waco, marking the second time this season KU has been featured on the show.

Derek Nester
Derek Nesterhttp://www.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 2020 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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