KU wins sixth straight Sunflower Showdown

Junior guard Barry Brown, Jr.’s off-balanced 3-pointer missed at the buzzer, as No. 12/12 Kansas held on for a 73-72 win over Kansas State in the 287th edition of Dillon’s Sunflower Showdown before a sold-out crowd at Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday afternoon.

The Kansas Jayhawks played the Michigan State Spartans at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla. on Sunday, March 19, 2017 during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Basketball Tournament. The Jayhawks defeated the Spartans 90 - 70 and move on to the Sweet Sixteen in Kansas City.

The two teams battled through eight ties in the final 8:28 of the game before redshirt sophomore guard Malik Newman converted on the second of two free throws to give Kansas (14-3, 4-1 Big 12) a 73-72 lead with 15 seconds remaining. Brown inbounded the ball and took a contested 3-pointer as time expired.

It marked the second consecutive season that K-State (12-5, 2-3 Big 12) fell in dramatic fashion to Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse, where the Wildcats have now lost 12 consecutive games dating back to 2007.

Junior Dean Wade led K-State with a team-high 22 points on 8-of-14 shooting to go with 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block and 1 steal in 38 minutes. It marked the third consecutive 20-point game for Wade against Kansas. Redshirt freshman Cartier Diarra tallied a career-high in points for the second consecutive game with 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting, including 3-of-5 from long range, while sophomore Xavier Sneed and Brown added 14 and 12 points, respectively. Brown dished out a game-high 6 assists, while Sneed had a team-high 7 rebounds.

Senior Devonte Graham, who scored 15 of his game-high 23 points after halftime, was among four Jayhawks in double figures, along with sophomore Udoka Azubuike (18), senior Svi Mykhailiuk (11) and junior Lagerald Vick (10). Azubuike also added a game-high 8 rebounds and 5 blocked shots.

HOW IT HAPPENED

One of the nation’s top 3-point shooting teams got going early, as the Jayhawks got long range buckets from three different players to take an early 13-4 lead. However, the Wildcats were able to respond with five straight points, including a 3-pointer from sophomore Xavier Sneed and a layup from freshman Levi Stockard III, to cut the deficit to five points with 14:55 remaining.

A 4-0 spurt by Kansas pushed the lead back to eight at 21-13 with 9:42 before halftime, K-State rattled off eight in a row capped by a Sneed 3-pointer on a pass from junior Dean Wade to tie the game and force a timeout at the 6:05 mark. The run eventually grew to 16-3 after a jumper by Wade with 3:05 remaining gave K-State a 29-24 advantage. Sneed and Wade combined for 14 of the Wildcats’ 16 points during the run.

The Jayhawks closed the gap to 29-28 on a pair of free throws with 2:02 remaining, but a 3-pointer from junior Barry Brown, Jr., and steal and layup by redshirt freshman Cartier Diarra on back-to-back possessions gave the Wildcats a 34-28 lead at 1:06 mark. Kansas ended the half with the momentum as consecutive long balls, including one by senior Svi Mykhailiuk at the buzzer, knotted the game at 34-all at the break.

The two teams battled through two ties in the early going before a 4-0 spurt by senior Devonte’ Graham, including a 3-pointer from the top of the key, gave Kansas a 42-38 at the first media timeout of the second half. The run was extended to 11-0 after a 3-pointer by Graham forced a K-State timeout, trailing 49-38, with 13:29 to play.

A quick 7-0 run, capped by a 3-pointer from Diarra, closed the deficit to 49-45 at the 11:25 mark before Graham knocked down a pair of free throws to end the run. The trey proved to ignite Diarra, who proved pivotal in a 10-4 spurt by the Wildcats, as he accounted for seven of the 10 points, to help K-State tie it at 55-all and force a Kansas timeout with 8:27 remaining.

The Wildcats took a pair of 3-point leads late, including 64-61 after two Wade free throws, before a 3-pointer by Lagerald Vick knotted the score at 64-all with 4:44 to play. The game again remained tied at 67-all after Wade and Vick once again converted on 3-pointers wat the 3:10 mark. After Malik Newman converted on jumper, Brown gave K-State a lead at 70-69 on a 3-point play with 1:52 remaining.

The teams traded the lead in the final 30 seconds, as Sneed converted on a pair of free throws to give the Wildcats a 72-71 with 30 ticks left before Newman knocked down two free throws for the final score.

PLAYER OF THE GAME

Dean Wade – Junior Dean Wade posted his third consecutive 20-point game against Kansas, as he scored a team-high 22 points on 8-of-14 field goals, including 2-of-4 from 3-point range, and a 4-of-4 effort from the free throw line. He also added 6 rebounds, 2 assists and a block in tying his career-high in minutes with 38. It marked his seventh career 20-point game, including his third this season.

STAT OF THE GAME

27 – K-State held a slight 27-25 edge in rebounding, marking just the seventh time this season better than an opponent on the boards and the second time in Big 12 play. On the strength of 9 offensive rebounds, the Wildcats were able to score 13 second-chance points, the most since scoring 18 in the win at Iowa State on Dec. 29.

SEASON RECORD UPDATE

· K-State 12-5 (2-3 Big 12)

· Kansas 14-3 (4-1 Big 12)

BEYOND THE BOXSCORE

Kansas now leads the all-time series, 194-93, including 89-35 at home… The Jayhawks have now won 46 of the last 51 meetings in the Big 12 era, including 21 of 22 games played at Allen Fieldhouse… The Wildcats have now lost 12 consecutive games in Lawrence with last win coming in 2006.

K-State scored 72 points on 49.1 percent shooting (27-of-55), including 38.1 percent (8-of-21) from 3-point range, and connected on 90.9 percent (10-of-11) from the free throw line… The team has shot 49 percent or better in nine games this season… The 90.9 percent clip from the free throw line was the second highest this season and the second time shooting 90 percent or better from the line.
K-State connected on 8 3-point field goals, which marked the 12th time in 17 games with at least 6 treys.
K-State held a slight 27-25 edge in rebounding, marking just the seventh time this season better than an opponent on the boards and the second time in Big 12 play.
K-State scored 18 points off of 13 Kansas turnovers, which marked the eighth time that the Wildcats have had at least 18 points off of opponent miscues and the second most in Big 12 play.
K-State scored 13 second-chance points off of 9 offensive rebounds, which marked the 11th time with double-digit second-chance points… The 13 second-chance points were the fifth-highest total this season.
K-State had four players score in double figures for the sixth game this season, including consecutive games for the first time since the first two games of the season.

Junior Dean Wade scored a team-high 22 points on 8-of-14 field goals, including 2-of-4 from 3-point range… It marked his seventh career 20-point game, including his third this season… He has now posted 20-point games in three consecutive games against Kansas… It marked the 47th time scoring in double figures, including the 13th time this season… He has led in scoring in 14 career games.
Redshirt freshman Cartier Diarra recorded a career-high in points for the second consecutive game with 18 points on 7-of-11 field goals, including 3-of-5 from beyond 3-point range, to go with 4 rebounds and steals in 35 minutes… He has now scored in double figures in 4 games, including back-to-back starts.
Sophomore Xavier Sneed scored 14 points on 5-of-11 field goals, including 2-of-6 from 3-point range… It marked the 22nd time scoring in double figures, including the 10th time this season… He corralled a team-high 7 rebounds to go with 2 assists and 2 steals in 37 minutes.
Junior Barry Brown, Jr., scored 12 points on 5-of-14 field goals to go with a game-high 6 assists and 5 rebounds in 39 minutes… It marked the 48th time scoring in double figures, including the team-leading 14th time this season.

WHAT’S NEXT

K-State begins a two-game homestand on Tuesday, as the Wildcats play host to K-State great Lon Kruger and his No. 9/9 Oklahoma Sooners (13-2, 3-1 Big 12) at 8 p.m., CT on ESPNU.