Kansas State Hands Kansas First Loss, Ends 25-Year Skid

The Washington Post - - College Basketball -

Michael Beasley scored 25 points, Bill Walker had 19 and No. 22 Kansas State ended a 25year home-court los­ing streak to arch-ri­val Kansas with an 84-75 vic­tory last night over the pre­vi­ously un­beaten Jay­hawks.

Al­ways dou­ble- and some­times triple-teamed when he got the ball inside, Beasley was held to only eight points in the first half but scored six in a row in the first few min­utes af­ter in­ter­mis­sion. No. 2 Kansas never caught up.

Beasley, the na­tion’s lead­ing re­bounder and No. 4 scorer, was 4 for 4 from be­hind the three-point arc as the Wild­cats (15-4, 5-0) took over first place in the Big 12.

Kansas (20-1, 5-1), two vic­to­ries short of match­ing the best start in its sto­ried bas­ket­ball his­tory, lost on its state ri­val’s home court for the first time since 1983. The 24-game streak in an op­po­nent’s home gym came within one of ty­ing the Di­vi­sion I record.

TEXAS A&M 80, TEXAS 63: Josh Carter scored 19 points and the No. 23 Ag­gies cruised to an easy win over the No. 10 Longhorns in Col­lege Sta­tion.

Carter has scored at least 10 points in 15 straight games and helped Texas A&M break a three­game win­ning streak for ri­val Texas (16-4, 3-2 Big 12), con­tin­u­ing a four-year tra­di­tion of the home team win­ning each game in this se­ries.

The Longhorns played the Ag­gies even in the sec­ond half but it wasn’t enough to over­come a poor first half, in which they made just 9 of 30 shots and at times seemed off-bal­ance and con­fused. Texas A&M (17-4, 3-3) shot 64 per­cent in the first half to make Texas’s lack­lus­ter of­fen­sive start even more dif­fi­cult to over­come.

The Longhorns never led, trailed by 22 points in the first half and shot 34 per­cent.

MEM­PHIS 89, HOUS­TON 77: Chris Douglas-Roberts scored 30 points and Joey Dorsey grabbed 22 re­bounds as the top-ranked Tigers equaled the best start in school his­tory.

Robert Dozier scored 17 of his 21 points in the sec­ond half and visit­ing Mem­phis (20-0, 6-0 Con­fer­ence USA) over­came a sea­son­high 22 turnovers to ex­tend its reg­u­lar sea­son win­ning streak to 39 games. Mem­phis matched its best start since 1985-86 and won its 15th con­sec­u­tive road game.

Dion Dowell scored 23 points and Robert McKiver scored 20 for the Cougars (15-4, 4-1).

MIS­SIS­SIPPI 74, VAN­DER­BILT 58: Chris War­ren scored 20 points, Eniel Polyn­ice added 18 and the Rebels’ fresh­men had one of their best games of the sea­son in 24th-ranked Mis­sis­sippi’s vic­tory over the No. 19 Com­modores in Ox­ford, Miss.

Led by War­ren, fresh­men scored 18 of Ole Miss’s first 26 points in the piv­otal open­ing min­utes of the sec­ond half as the Rebels (16-3, 3-3 South­east­ern Con­fer­ence) sent the Com­modores (17-4, 2-4) to their fourth loss in five games.

MICHI­GAN STATE 51, ILLI­NOIS 41: Drew Neitzel scored nine of his 15 points dur­ing a key stretch in the sec­ond half, help­ing the No. 8 Spar­tans (19-2, 7-1 Big Ten) to the best 21-game record in the pro­gram’s 109-year his­tory.

Mike Tis­dale and Calvin Brock each scored seven points for the visit­ing Illini (10-12, 2-7).

PITTS­BURGH 69, VIL­LANOVA 57: Sam Young and Tyrell Biggs led a game-chang­ing rally, in which the host Pan­thers turned a one-point sec­ond-half deficit into an 18point lead, and No. 18 Pitts­burgh (17-4, 5-3 Big East) bounced back from a rare home loss.

Scot­tie Reynolds scored 26 points, but Vil­lanova (13-6, 3-5 Big East) lost its third in a row.

DRAKE 75, CREIGHTON 65: Josh Young tied a ca­reer high with 24 points and the No. 16 Bull­dogs (19-1, 10-0 Mis­souri Val­ley) beat the Blue­jays (14-6, 5-5) at home.

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