LAWRENCE, Kan. - No. 6 Kansas wanted a stern tuneup before entering Big 12 play. What it got Sunday from Temple was, in all likelihood, something better. The Owls, out of the Atlantic-10, led going into the final three minutes before the Jayhawks took over down the stretch for a 69-62 victory in Allen Fieldhouse. The win was the 11th in a row for Kansas, which prevented Temple from gaining a second upset over a top-10 opponent after stunning Syracuse on Dec. 23 in New York. Senior guard Khalif Wyatt triggered the surprising win over Syracuse with 33 points for the Owls, and he again ignited the upset bid against Kansas. He poured in a game-high 26 points, including 11 straight during one stretch early in the second half. The Jayhawks, however, showed enough composure late to win their last nonconference game and climb to 12-1. Freshman guard Ben McLemore stole the ball from Wyatt out top and converted a breakaway dunk to give Kansas a 58-57 lead with 2:50 remaining. After that, the Jayhawks never trailed again. Senior Kevin Young, who paced the Jayhawks with the first double-double (16 points, 10 rebounds) of his career, made both ends of one-and-ones twice, then Travis Releford added a 3-pointer with 35 seconds left. Releford added 14 points and McLemore 13. Kansas point guard Elijah Johnson added nine and nine assists, while center Jeff Withey had eight points, 11 rebounds and nine blocks. Temple controlled tempo throughout the first half. In the process, Kansas often rushed shots while committing seven turnovers against just two for the Owls. Still, the Jayhawks led 33-27 at the break behind eight points from Young. The Owls missed all but two of their last nine shots while getting nine first-half points from Wyatt. Temple shot just 32.4 percent in the first half and also stayed within striking distance after getting outrebounded, 26-16. Notes: Kansas extended its homecourt winning streak to 30 with its 63rd consecutive home win against a nonconference opponent. ...Temple was bidding to beat two top-10 teams in the same season for the first time since 1998-99. . . . Withey narrowly missed out on his second triple-double of the season. He had a season-high 12 blocks against San Jose State, but had nine against Temple. ... Kansas guard Naadir Tharpe ended a stretch of four games without a turnover by committing two. He had 22 assists against no turnovers in the previous four games.
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