Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Kansas Surges Past Kentucky in Overtime

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Kansas Surges Past Kentucky in Overtime

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LAWRENCE, Kan. * Wayne Selden Jr. was tired of driving into the teeth of the Kentucky defense and getting his shot swatted away, so the Kansas guard decided in overtime to dunk no matter who got in his way.

His emphatic slam over 6-foot-11 freshman Skal Labissiere proved to be the exclamation point on the finest performance of his career and an important victory for the Jayhawks.

Selden finished with a career-high 33 points, seven of them in overtime, and fourth-ranked Kansas beat the No. 20 Wildcats 90-84 on Saturday night in the premier game of the Big 12/SEC Challenge. KU has lost three of its previous five contests.

"Just had to get back out there and be aggressive, be a tougher team than we had been the last few games," Selden, a junior, said. "This was a good step in the right direction."

The Wildcats built an eight-point lead midway through the second half before Kansas switched to a zone defense and mounted a comeback. Perry Ellis made the second of two free throws to tie the game 76-76 with 9 seconds left, and Tyler Ulis coughed up the ball at the other end before Kentucky got off a shot.

In fact, the turnover gave Frank Mason III a chance for a half- court heave that he nearly made.

When the game went to overtime, Selden simply took over.

He opened the extra session with a couple of free throws, and then on the next trip down the court drove to the rim and dunked over Ulis and Labissiere to bring the crowd to its feet. Selden added two more foul shots later in overtime to help the Jayhawks end the Wildcats' winning streak at three games.

"It's as good a game as he's played since he's been here," Kansas coach Bill Self said.

Mason contributed 13 points plus eight rebounds and Devonte Graham added 11 points for the Jayhawks (17-4), who snapped a losing streak of three games to the Wildcats (16-5) by winning their 35th game in a row at Allen Fieldhouse.

Ulis finished with a career-high 26 points and eight assists for Kentucky. …

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