Jack­son, Kansas beat Spar­tans

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Josh Jack­son scored 14 of his 23 points in the sec­ond half to help Kansas pull away late and reach the Sweet 16 for a sec­ond straight year with a 90-70 vic­tory over Michi­gan State on Sun­day.

Frank Ma­son III added 20 points for the top-seeded Jay­hawks (30-4), who have ad­vanced to the sec­ond week­end of the NCAA Tour­na­ment in nine of coach Bill Self’s 14 seasons.

Devonte’ Gra­ham added 18 points and Lan­den Lu­cas had 10 for the Jay­hawks, who shot 53.1 per­cent (34 of 64) in the win.

Miles Bridges scored 22 points to lead Michi­gan State (20-15) de­spite leav­ing briefly in the first half with an in­jury. Nick Ward also fin­ished in dou­ble fig­ures with 13 points and Joshua Lang­ford had 10 for the Spar­tans.

Michi­gan State en­tered Sun­day fol­low­ing a dom­i­nat­ing win over Mi­ami in the open­ing round, a vic­tory that im­proved the school to 14-10 as a lower seed in the NCAA Tour­na­ment un­der Izzo — the most wins by a lower-seeded school in tour­na­ment his­tory.

The Spar­tans cer­tainly played like any­thing but an un­der­dog well into the sec­ond half against the reg­u­lar-sea­son Big 12 Con­fer­ence cham­pi­ons, clos­ing Kansas’ lead to 54-53 fol­low­ing a bas­ket by Alvin El­lis.

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