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         === Kansas ends No. 7 Ohio State's win streak in Columbus ===
 
 Columbus,  OH (Sports  Network) - Ben McLemore poured in a game-high 22 points
 to  go with  six rebounds,  as No.  9 Kansas  knocked off  seventh-ranked Ohio
 State, 74-66, Saturday at Value City Arena.
 
 Jeff  Withey  recorded a double-double  with 14  points and 10 rebounds, while
 Elijah Johnson and Travis Releford donated 13 and 11 points, respectively, for
 the  Jayhawks (10-1),  who have  won nine  straight since  their lone  loss of
 the season to Michigan State on Nov. 13.
 
 Deshaun  Thomas led  the Buckeyes (9-2) with 16 points and Shannon Scott added
 15  points  off the bench  in the setback,  which snapped Ohio State's 39-game
 home winning streak against non-conference opponents.
 
 "I  thought  we battled them,"  Ohio State coach  Thad Matta said, "but didn't
 play with the toughness and tenacity we needed to."
 
 The  Jayhawks, who have now won five straight against OSU, ended the Buckeyes'
 season  the last time these teams met, as the Jayhawks took a 64-62 victory in
 the Final Four of the 2012 NCAA Tournament.
 
 Saturday's  outcome  wasn't nearly as  close thanks to an  8-0 run late in the
 second half that gave the Jayhawks a 64-52 advantage with 4 1/2 minutes left.
 
 McLemore  sparked the  surge with six straight points before Johnson capped it
 with a pair at the line to give the visitors a 12-point edge.
 
 Ohio  State  got as close as  six with 15  seconds left after some sloppy play
 from the Jayhawks, but Withey knocked down two free throws at the other end to
 help Kansas secure the victory.
 
 "We slowed them down in the second half in transition defense," McLemore said.
 "We got easy plays, a couple of steals, stuff like that that allowed us to get
 ahead."
 
 The  Jayhawks led  23-17 at the midpoint  of the first half following a Naadir
 Tharpe 3-pointer, but Ohio State ripped off the next 14 points to take a 31-23
 advantage with 6:13 left in the first half.
 
 Kevin  Young quelled  the surge with a three-point play, sparking a 9-0 Kansas
 spurt to give the Jayhawks a 32-31 edge with 2:18 left in the half.
 
 The  Buckeyes  scored the next  three points to  regain the lead, but McLemore
 responded  with a  triple  and a  fastbreak  dunk shortly  after  to help  the
 Jayhawks carry a 37-35 advantage into the break.
 
 Thomas opened the second half with a layup and then knocked down a triple over
 a  minute later to  give the home team a 40-37 edge less than two minutes into
 the half.
 
 Neither  team  led by more than  four from there  until a quick 4-0 spurt from
 Kansas made it a 53-48 contest with 10:47 left in the game.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Kansas  leads  the all-time series, 8-3  ... Kansas shot 51 percent (25-of-49)
 from  the  field and  held OSU to  30.8 percent (20-of-65)  from the floor ...
 Young  finished  with six points  and 10 rebounds ...  Ohio State shot just 2-
 of-18 from three-point range in the second half.
 
 12/22 19:43:30 ET

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