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Aztecs end Jayhawks’ home winning streak

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San Diego State Edges Kansas

 

LAWRENCE, Kan. – It was so loud inside Allen Fieldhouse that San Diego State's gamers might barely hear what coach Steve Fisher was saying, yet they knew what the message could be because the timeout ended.

No matter the scenario, it's always the identical.

"He just tells you to assume something constructive, whether or not it is basketball, family, whatever. Assume something positive," Xavier Thames stated. "I think that actually helps."

It positive appeared to settle down the Aztecs.

Thames scored sixteen factors, and calmly made 4 straight free throws in the closing seconds Sunday, helping No. 21 San Diego State knock off No. 16 Kansas sixty one-57, ending the Jayhawks' sixty eight-game nonconference winning streak at their venerable on-campus arena.

Skylar Spencer added thirteen factors and Josh Davis had 10 for the Aztecs (12-1), who have received eleven straight since shedding to No. 1 Arizona on Nov. 14. That streak is tied for the second-greatest at school historical past, trailing solely the 20-0 start of the 2010-11 workforce.

"Our coach by no means will get rattled," San Diego State ahead Winston Shepard stated. "He's always even keeled, whether we're up 20 or it is a shut game in here. After each timeout, he tell us to take a superb thought out there."

Think blissful ideas? Why didn't those other sixty eight groups strive that at the Phog?

Kansas (9-4) nonetheless had a chance to tie the game when Perry Ellis went to the free throw line with eleven.9 seconds left. He made his first free throw however, after San Diego State known as a timeout to ice him, Ellis missed the second and the Jayhawks had been forced to foul.

Thames made both free throws to offer San Diego State a 3-level lead, and the Aztecs fouled reasonably than enable Kansas to try a tying three. Frank Mason missed the first and made the second, and Thames made two extra free throws with 4.6 seconds left to seal the win.

"It is a great win for us," Thames mentioned. "Quite a lot of teams don't come in right here and get victories. I'm simply blessed to be a part of this one."

Andrew Wiggins and Mason scored 14 points apiece for the Jayhawks, who had gained 112 of their final 114 video games at Allen Fieldhouse. Joel Embiid completed with 12 points and 12 rebounds.

The Jayhawks struggled towards the long, lanky Aztecs proper from the start, lacking eight of their first nine pictures and permitting San Diego State to dictate the tempo.

After a three-pointer by Naadir Tharpe gave Kansas a 9-eight lead, the Jayhawks had just one more subject aim over the subsequent eight-plus minutes. Thames and Davis had no such hassle for San Diego State, hitting a series of jumpers and contested layups because the Aztecs built a 29-23 halftime lead.

Kansas wound up taking pictures 20.7 p.c (6 of 29) within the first half.

"I think all people, we all missed pictures we normally make," Wiggins said, "and that's going to occur occasionally with a young staff."

The Aztecs kept up the depth in the second half, forcing the Jayhawks to misfire on eight of their first 10 shots with their in-your-face, man-to-man defense. The lead slowly grew to 44-33 when JJ O'Brien transformed after two misses, once extra silencing a packed home.

The Jayhawks finally began to construct some momentum midway by way of the second half, closing inside fifty eight-fifty six on a basket by Wiggins and 50-forty eight on Tharpe's scooping layup.

It appeared as if each time Kansas went on a run, although, the Aztecs had a solution.

Spencer scored after Tharpe's basket, and Thames curled in a 3-pointer to offer San Diego State a fifty five-48 lead with 3 minutes to play. Kansas made another salvo, getting inside 57-55 on a three-pointer by Mason and seemingly getting the ball back after O'Brien missed a free throw.

Throughout a stoppage in play, the officers determined that the ball went off Kansas with forty four.8 seconds left. And regardless that the Jayhawks got a stop, it price them valuable time.

Kansas coach Invoice Self known as a timeout with 20 seconds left and determined to go with Ellis, the positive-handed sophomore. He drove to the basket and was fouled, but the 72 percent free throw shooter may only make the first of his two attempts, and San Diego State finally held on to win.

"Each play we made, it seemed like they came down, they got something positive out of the subsequent possession," Mason mentioned. "Whether it was free throws or a made basket, we simply couldn't get the stops we would have liked."

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