On Saturday afternoon in Columbus, Ohio, the ninth-ranked Kansas Jayhawks defeated the seventh-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes, 74-66. Freshman guard Ben McLemore led the way for the Jayhawks with 22 points, six rebounds, two assists, one steal and a block.
The win moved Kansas to 10-1 on the season, while dropping the Buckeyes to 9-2. This was Kansas’s third victory over Ohio State in the last two seasons. Last year, Kansas defeated Ohio State around this same time in the regular season, and then followed that with a win over the Buckeyes in the final four.
Buckeyes forward Deshaun Thomas led the team with 16 points on 4-11 shooting, including 3-7 behind the three-point line. Shannon Scott added 15 points off the bench to go along with six rebounds and four assists. But this game was all about McLemore, and the Jayhawks trio of seniors in Jeff Withey, Travis Releford and Elijah Johnson. The trio combined to go for 38 points and 14 rebounds, thanks largely to Withey’s 10 boards.
Kansas went into the locker-room at halftime with a 37-35 lead, after clawing back from a six-point deficit. The second half went back and forth until Withey connected on a lay-up at the 10:51 mark, putting the Jayhawks ahead by five at 53-48. After McLemore drained a jumper, Kansas held an eight-point lead at 60-52.
Ohio State failed to dwindle this margin down too much the rest of the way, as Kansas was in control down the stretch. Next up for the Jayhawks is a game with American University on Dec. 29th.
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