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Kansas 86, Kansas State 60

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LAWRENCE -- Freshman guard Andrew Wiggins scored 22 points, including 13 in a row during a second-half spree, as No. 18 Kansas thumped No. 25 Kansas State 86-60 on Saturday in Allen Fieldhouse.

The victory was the eighth in a row for the Jayhawks at home against the Wildcats and the 48th victory for Kansas in the last 51 meetings.

Wiggins canned a 3-pointer with 16:03 remaining to begin his spurt, which included two more treys, two free throws and a thunderous dunk, all in a span of five minutes.

By then, Kansas had already established control, enjoying a 45-28 halftime lead. The lead only grew in the second half as the Jayhawks climbed to 11-4 overall and 2-0 in the Big 12.

All that sullied the convincing win was the ejection of Kansas center Joel Embiid in the second half. The freshman got tangled with Kansas State forward Nino Williams, then was ruled to have thrown a punch that resulted in a flagrant-2 ruling. Embiid left with 11 points and a team-high nine rebounds.

Freshman guard Wayne Selden added 20 points and sophomore forward Perry Ellis 12 for the Jayhawks.

Williams came off the bench to lead Kansas State (12-4, 2-1) with 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting. Center Thomas Gipson added 10 points. The Wildcats shot just 22 of 50, while the Jayhawks shot 32 of 57 (56.1 percent) and enjoyed a 33-25 margin on the glass.

Selden scored 14 points to pace the Jayhawks in the first half as they got off to a 45-28 lead at the break. He capped the half with a 3-pointer Kansas got while patiently working the play clock down to the last tick.

The Wildcats trailed by only three at the second media time out, 15-12, before the Jayhawks went on a 9-2 tear. Kansas State experienced a stretch of six minutes, 20 seconds without a field goal before guard Jevon Thomas connected with 5:08 left. By then, the Jayhawks had built a 31-15 gap.

Kansas recorded 14 assists on its 19 first-half buckets (29 attempts). It had no turnovers. Kansas State got most of its production off isolation plays and had just three first-half assists, while going 11 of 25.

Guard Jevon Thomas led the Wildcats with eight first-half points, logging 15 minutes off the bench. The game was just the fifth for the New York freshman. Thomas was not allowed to practice or participate in team activities while sitting out the first semester because of an eligibility issue.

NOTES - Kansas won for the 19th time in the last 21 home meetings against Kansas State. The average margin in the Jayhawks' wins was 15.6 points. ... Kansas improved to 40-3 against Kansas State since the inception of the Big 12. ... The last two coaches to guide K-State to victories in Lawrence were Dana Altman (1994) and Jim Wooldridge (2006). Those were the final seasons for both as Wildcats coaches. ... Bruce Weber dropped to 0-4 against Kansas as the Kansas State coach. Although the Wildcats tied the Jayhawks for the Big 12 championship last season, Kansas swept the season series and also prevailed in the championship game of the Big 12 Tournament. ... F Tarik Black scored the 1,000th point of his career. Before transferring to Kansas as a senior, Black played three seasons at Memphis, where he scored 949 points. A victim of fouls most of the season, Black was whistled for three infractions in the seven first-half minutes he played.
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