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No. 6 Kansas beats Kansas State by 24

Jan 30, 2011 - 3:42 AM Lawrence, KS (Sports Network) - Markieff Morris led the way with 20 points and nine rebounds as No. 6 Kansas clobbered long-time rival Kansas State, 90-66, in the 271st meeting between the teams.

Thomas Robinson, who was playing with a heavy heart after losing his mother to a sudden heart attack last week, had 17 points and nine boards as Kansas upped its lead to 181-90 in the series.

"It was amazing, but coming into this game I felt that I owed it to all the fans and all the people across the country that have helped me get through this hard time," Robinson said.

Tyshawn Taylor notched 13 points, Josh Selby scored 12 and the Jayhawks (20-1, 5-1 Big 12) secured their 22nd consecutive 20-win season.

Kansas bounced back with a victory on its own court after losing to Texas last Saturday to snap a 69-game home win streak.

Jacob Pullen netted 21 points as the Wildcats (14-8, 2-5) continue to spiral downward by losing for the fifth time in seven games. Rodney McGruder and Jamar Samuels had 15 and 10 points, respectively.

Kansas came out fast and hard against its in-state foe by scoring 15 of game's first 17 points.

"It's something that you try to prepare for but, at the same time, it's something that seems to always happen when you walk into this building," Pullen said of Kansas' quick start. "They usually don't miss in the beginning and they capitalize on your turnovers and bad shots. For us, it happened again."

The Jayhawks took a 20-point lead when Marcus Morris hit two free throws with 1:14 left in the half. Juevol Myles followed up with three-point play to get Kansas State within 37-20 at the half.

Kansas kept its distance throughout the second half, growing the lead to 31 points at 76-45 following Robinson's rebound and thunderous dunk with 5 1/2 minutes left to play. That concluded a 14-2 run by the Jayhawks, who shot a blazing 69.7 percent in the final 20 minutes.

The home team continued to cruise and their margin never dipped below 24 to finish out the game.

Game Notes

The Jayhawks have won six straight and 11 of the last 12 matchups between the clubs. Since the inception of the Big 12, KU has dominated with wins in 27 of the 29 meetings...Kansas State had a dismal first half shooting performance, making just 19.4 percent of its shots. On the other hand, Kansas made 50 percent of its shots in the first 20 minutes...The Jayhawks scored 48 points in the paint, while the Wildcats only scored 22.