Rex Walters broke out of a season-long shooting slump and sparked a second-half rally that propelled No. 1 Kansas past Kansas State 71-65 Monday night, the Jayhawks' 10th straight victory on the Wildcats' home court.
Kansas (15-1 overall, 3-0 Big Eight), voted No. 1 earlier in the day for the first time in three years, scored its fewest points while playing its sloppiest first half of the season and trailed 32-24 at intermission after shooting just 35 percent from the floor.But the Jayhawks hit a sizzling 70 percent in the second half and committed only three turnovers. They also wound up missing only five of 24 free throws in winning for the 20th time in their last 24 meeting against Kansas State.
No. 18 Georgetown 86,
No. 17 Connecticut 69
At Hartford, Conn., Georgetown (11-2, 4-2 Big East) used a 9-0 spurt midway through the second half to break a 56-56 tie and outscored the Huskies (8-4, 3-3) 30-13 over the final 10:25.
Robert Churchwell, a junior, scored a career-high 25 points and freshman Othella Harrington added 22.
UCSB 61, No. 25 Long Beach St. 60
At Santa Barbara, Calif., Long Beach had a chance to win in the final seconds, but a close-range shot and a tap by Lucious Harris both missed.