MANHATTAN, Kan. — Freshman reserve Sherron Collins scored 20 points and led a key second-half run, and No. 6 Kansas beat Kansas State 71-62 Monday night to extend its winning streak in Manhattan to 24 games.
Mario Chalmers added 17 points, Darrell Arthur had 13 points and 12 rebounds, and Brandon Rush finished with 11 points for Kansas (24-4, 11-2 Big 12), which has never lost in Bramlage Coliseum since it opened for the 1988-89 season. The Jayhawks’ last loss in Manhattan was a 58-57 defeat on Jan. 29, 1983, in Ahearn Fieldhouse.
Kansas trailed by one at the break and didn’t take control until the midpoint of the second half.
Two 3-pointers by Cartier Martin and another by Lance Harris pulled the Wildcats (19-9, 8-5) even at 43-all with 11:12 to go. But Collins answered with a 3-pointer that ignited a 16-4 run for the Jayhawks.
A basket by Rush and two free throws by Collins gave Kansas its first double-digit lead, 59-47, with 5:39 to go.
Kansas State got to 68-62 on Clent Stewart’s layup with 46.9 to go, and then got the ball back on Akeem Wright’s steal. But David Hoskins missed a 2-footer with 15 seconds left, and Rush iced it when he hit one free throw, missed the second and put back his miss with just under 7 seconds to go.
Rush, who came in leading the Jayhawks at 14.2 points per game, got in early foul trouble and never found his shooting stroke, going 3-for-9 from the field and 5-for-9 from the line. He missed his first four shots, all from 3-point range, and didn’t score until he hit two free throws with 10:48 left in the first half.
The Wildcats also had a key player struggle to score.
David Hoskins, who averaged 14.5 points for the Wildcats, finished with nine on 2-for-15 shooting.
Jermaine Maybank, who scored a career-high 26 points for Kansas State in its 97-70 loss to the Jayhawks on Feb. 7, went scoreless Monday night.
The Wildcats shot just 32.3 percent (20-for-62).
Martin led Kansas State with 19 points. Stewart added 13 points and Harris had 10 for the Wildcats.
The Wildcats led 30-29 at the end of a back-and-forth first half in which the lead changed hands six times and neither team was up by more than five points.
Kansas went on an 8-0 run late in the first half and early in the second for a 34-30 lead. Over that six-minute stretch, the Wildcats missed 10 straight shots against the Jayhawks’ 3-2 zone before Stewart made a layup with just under 15 1/2 minutes to go.
Kansas State coach Bob Huggins was hit with a technical foul with just under 7 1/2 minutes remaining for arguing that Wright had been fouled on a missed layup. Rush missed both free throws, but Collins hit a 3-pointer on the Jayhawks’ ensuing possession for a 55-47 lead.
Someone in Kansas State’s student section threw a cup onto the floor in protest, but police and Bramlage security workers could not find the fan.
Martin and Kansas’ Russell Robinson drew a double technical for jawing at each other after Robinson’s driving layup with just over 12 minutes left in the game.