Texas Tech hung around for a while, but a huge Kansas run midway through the second half saw the Jayhawks fly away from the Red Raiders by an 85-68 score.
Normally, KU has been scoring first in games this season, and the Jayhawks ran a great play on their first possession but missed the layup, enabling the Red Raiders to strike first. Their 2-0 lead was extremely short-lived, however, as Kansas quickly built a 19-9 lead. Tech would close to within 3 at 30-27 with 1:25 to go until halftime, but that only seemed to spark the Jayhawks, who Jayhawks took a 10-point, 37-27 lead into the break.
Tech would stay within shouting distance for a while in the second half, eventually closing the gap to 60-55 with 8:24 to play. But once again, it only seemed to spark the Jayhawks, who immediately took off on a 16-2 run to put the game out of reach with 4:57 still to play.
Kansas would coast through the final minutes of the contest, prevailing by an 85-68 final score.
This and That
Texas Tech’s only lead of the game was 2-0. The only tie was 2-2.
Svi struggled to get going, with no points and 3 fouls in 14 minutes in the first half.
Frank Mason led all scorers with 26 points on 6-11 shooting, including 3-4 from three.
Carlton Bragg picked up six rebounds in 17 minutes.
As a team, Kansas shot 9-18 (50%) from behind the arc.
KU nailed 18-22 (81.8%) free throws, thanks primarily to Frank Mason, who drilled 11-12.
Kansas will travel to Norman, OK, to take on the Oklahoma Sooners on Tuesday, January 10, at 8:00 PM inside Lloyd Noble Arena, on ESPN2.
We’ll have more on the Texas Tech game in the next day or two, but for now, the comments section is yours.