Mar 14, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas Jayhawks guard Ben McLemore (23) shoots the ball as Texas Tech Red Raiders forward Jordan Tolbert (32) defends in the second half during the second round of the Big 12 tournament at the Sprint Center. Kansas won 91-63. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Instant Reaction: Kansas Onto 3rd Round of Big 12 Tournament with 90-63 Win

On Thursday afternoon in Kansas City, Missouri, the seventh-ranked and top-seeded Kansas Jayhawks advanced to the next round, with a 90-63 win over Texas Tech.

Kansas improved to 27-5 overall, while dropping Texas Tech to an 11-20 record. Freshman guard Ben McLemore led the way for Kansas with 24 points, and four rebounds. No other Jayhawk starter scored in double-figures as the bench got significant minutes. Backup Rio Adams did score 11 points.

Texas Tech was led by Dejan Kravic, who finished with 20 points, and three rebounds to go with three steals. Jorden Tolbert added 13 points.

Kansas was in control from the start, jumping on the Red Raiders with an 8-0 burst out of the gates. Texas Tech, did respond cutting the lead to five at 15-10. The rest of the first half went back and forth, though Kansas did begin to assert themselves as Jeff Withey scored the last five points of the stanza. Kansas was up 34-25.

Two three-pointers from McLemore in the second half, pushed Kansas to an 17-point lead at 44-27. From there the lead grew to 35 points at 89-54, before Texas Tech made it a little more respectable at the end.

Next up for Kansas is a game with Iowa State tomorrow. The Cyclones rallied to knock off Oklahoma today, 73-66.


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