#3 Kansas survived a late rally from #11 K-State and snuck out of Bramlage Coliseum with a 59-55 in the Sunflower Showdown.
Travis Releford led the way for KU with 12 points and Jeff Withey and Ben McLemore combined for 22 against K-State.
Shane Southwell came alive in the second half, finishing with 19 points for K-State. Rodney McGruder scored 11 of his 13 points in the second half on a cold shooting night for the Wildcats.
Inside one minute to play, K-State got within three points but struggled at the foul line and could get no closer.
KU has now won 16 straight games and four of the last six Sunflower Showdowns.
Sparked by a sellout crowd by battling cold shooting, #11 K-State trails #3 Kansas, 31-27 at halftime.
Despite the deficit, KU has no answer for Angel Rodriguez who leads the scoring with 12 points in the first half. K-State Senior Rodney McGruder struggling frmo the field with only two.
Travis Releford leads the scoring for the Jayhawks with eight points but freshman Perry Ellis is right behind him with seven points off the bench.
KU led most of the game thanks to Releford and the Wildcats cold shooting, hitting just 34 percent in the first half. K-State took their second lead of the game after a Shane Southwell three pointer to take a one point lead but that was short lived. KU regained on the following possession, holding it until halftime.
Jenn Bates is in Manhattan, she will have more tonight at 10 on Eyewitness Sports.
First place in the Big 12 will be on the line when third-ranked Kansas visits No. 11 Kansas State on Tuesday night for one of the most eagerly anticipated Sunflower Showdowns ever.
The Wildcats are 15-2 and 4-0 in the Big 12, and have won eight straight overall. The Jayhawks have won a nation-leading 15 in a row, are 16-1 and also perfect in four Big 12 games.
The last time the teams approached a game of this magnitude at Bramlage Coliseum was in January 2010, when the 11th-ranked Wildcats lost 81-79 to No. 2 Kansas in overtime. They played again in Lawrence that March, and the second-ranked Jayhawks beat the No. 5 Wildcats 82-65.
Only two other times since 1958 have both teams been ranked for a regular-season game.
Tipoff is at 7:00 tonight, look for coverage here at www.kwch.com and tonight on Eyewitness News.