The first half was a battle from the start, though perhaps not an appealing one, as Texas was perhaps playing for their shot sneaking in to the NCAA Tournament. Kansas held the lead early, but it remained close throughout. David McCormack continued his run of increasingly good play, tied for a team high with nine first half points to go with four rebounds and an emphatic block. A Texas run late in the half had given them a six point lead, but Kansas came back to tie it at 29 apiece heading into the break. KU had some trouble with their half court offense, as we’ve seen so much this year, and attempted only 5 threes, hitting one.
The Jayhawks came out looking better in the second half. After exchanging some buckets, Kansas started creating better looks around the basket. That combined with a Devon Dotson three put KU up 44-35 five minutes in. After exchanging a few more baskets, KU was still up nine, 49-40, at the under 12.
From there, Kansas held the Longhorns at arm’s length. Texas was able to pull it to within four in the final minutes, but it never became a one possession game. The Jayhawks won it 65-57, led by Dotson’s 17 points and 4 assists. Dedric Lawson chipped in 16 while McCormack ended with 13.
Thanks to West Virginia’s unlikely win over Texas Tech, Kansas now faces the Mountaineers in Friday’s semifinal nightcap.
Source: Rock Chalk Talk