Frank Mason scored a game-high 26 points as the Kansas Jayhawks pulled away from Texas Tech 85-68 at Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday night.
After knocking off West Virginia in overtime, the Red Raiders entered Lawrence with extra confidence. KU went into the half with a 37-27 lead, but Texas Tech responded to open the second frame. The Red Raiders trailed KU 60-55 with 8 minutes remaining before the Jayhawks heated up from the 3-point line. The 12-0 run sucked the life out of Texas Tech, and Kansas cruised to their 48th consecutive victory in Lawrence.
Freshman guard Josh Jackson earned a double-double on 17 points and 10 rebounds. The backcourt combination of senior Frank Mason and junior Devonte’ Graham proved too much for Texas Tech. The two guards combined for 46 points and 7-12 from the 3-point line. As a team, KU shot 50% from the 3-point line. Half of the shots Texas Tech attempted were 3-pointers.
Junior forward Zach Smith led the Red Raiders with 17 points.
After allowing over 80 points in their previous two games, the Kansas defense tightened up, holding Texas Tech to 40% from the field. Bill Self has never allowed 80 points in three consecutive games while at KU.
With KU up 62-55, The Jayhawks delivered a knockout blow with three quick 3s. Texas Tech never mounted a counter-attack, and KU sealed the victory.
Player of the Game
Frank Mason. The senior guard led all scorers with 26 points, and he went 11-12 from the free-throw line. Mason showed once again why he is the heart and soul of the Jayhawks.
The Jayhawks have struggled from the free throw line this season, but not on Saturday night. They shot 18-22 from the charity stripe for 81%.
After having difficulty on the glass to open conference play, the Jayhawks outrebounded Texas Tech 38-29.
KU will travel to Norman to take on the Oklahoma Sooners on Tuesday, while the Red Raiders will return to Lubbock to host the Kansas State Wildcats on the same day.
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