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Jayhawks Bounce Rebels, Win 76-61

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KU ends non-conference play with a victory.

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The Jayhawks came out on fire today, opening up a 13-4 lead to begin the game.  The Rebels would close the margin to 15-12, but then KU went on another run to make it 21-12.  UNLV would come back yet again and took a 33-29 lead into halftime.

KU scored the first six points of the second half and the game would be nip and tuck until about 10 minutes remaining, when the Jayhawks took a 56-51 lead on a Frank Mason three-pointer at the 9:57 mark.  From that point, Kansas would slowly stretch its lead to the final 76-61 margin.

Frank Mason led the Jayhawks in scoring with 18 on 8/14 shooting (1/3 from 3-pt) while also contributing 7 assists.  Perry Ellis and Wayne Selden each added 16 more points of their own.

As a team, KU outrebounded the Rebels by a 45-31 margin.  Kelly Oubre led the way with 10 boards, while Traylor and Ellis each added nine more.

KU shot 8/19 from 3-pt while UNLV went 7/23.  KU was 8/14 from the free throw line while UNLV was 6/9.

Up next for the Jayhawks, KU will begin the attempt to extend their championship streak in Big 12 conference play.  KU will face Baylor in Waco on Wednesday, Jan. 7.