The Kansas Jayhawks played a game that featured plenty of highlight reel plays, but it was also one of the most entertaining ones.
The Kansas Jayhawk’s game against Kentucky featured plenty that fans saw and heard, including the signature play by senior guard DeAndre Ayton, who scored 14 points in the first half.
That was followed by the play that made a big impact, as junior forward J.R. Smith scored 13 points and junior center Chris Kaman added 11 for the Jayhawks.
The Wildcats scored 28 points in a 19-2 run that put them ahead 41-27 at halftime.
The Jayhawks (6-2, 4-2 Big 12) got off to a fast start, hitting three 3-pointers in the second quarter and scoring 15 points in just 8:10, which was the longest scoreless quarter in Big 12 history.
They also scored seven straight points, including three straight from Kaman.
Kentucky (5-5, 2-4) started off strong, hitting four 3-point attempts and finishing the half with 17 points, 10 rebounds and three assists.
That continued the Wildcats surge as they went on to win their third straight game.
But the Jayhawk defense was shaky at times, and the Wildcats had to deal with multiple turnovers.
The Jayhawks were also outscored 33-24 in the paint, but the Wildcats were able to close the game out on the boards with a 23-5 spurt.
Kansas is in the midst of a two-game homestand that begins Thursday night against Oklahoma State.