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Wichita State Breaks Down Kansas 78-65

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Shocker pull away from KU in the second half for an easy win in the NCAA Tournament.

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A slow finish to the first half put the Jayhawks in a hole, and this time they couldn't climb out of it.

After playing well and mostly handling Wichita State in the first half, the Shockers went on a 15-6 run to take a 29-26 lead into halftime.  Kansas only scored four points - all on free throws - in the final 5:50 of the first half.

Wichita State continued to build their lead early in the second half, stretching it to 13 points (49-36) by the 12:54 mark.  The Jayhawks would only be able to get the game back into single digits once the rest of the way, and the Shockers would keep KU at arm's length and take a comfortable 78-65 win.

The Jayhawks were led in scoring by Perry Ellis and Devonte Graham, each with 17 points.  Frank Mason was the only other Jayhawk in double figures with 16 points.

KU won the rebounding battle by a 38-32 count.  Landen Lucas led the Jayhawks with 10 boards while Ellis added 8.

As a team, Kansas shot 6/21 (28.6%) from 3-pt range while WSU went 10/20 (50.0%) from behind the arc.

Overall, KU shot 20/57 (35.1%) to WSU's 25/51 (49%.0).

Kansas hit 19/23 (82.6%) free throws to WSU's 18/24 (75.0%).

Up next, KU will wait for October to roll around for the 2015-16 version of Late Night at the Phog.