LAWRENCE, Kan. – Every shot Kansas put up seemed to clank off the rim. Every one that San Diego State missed seemed to end up back in its hands, there for an easy layup or wide open dunk.
You would have thought it was the Jayhawks who were playing on the road.
Instead, the 21st-ranked Aztecs persevered down the stretch behind 16 points from Xavier Thames, whose four free throws in the closing seconds Sunday sealed a 61-57 victory over No. 16 Kansas, ending the Jayhawks’ 68-game nonconference winning streak at Allen Fieldhouse.
The way I see it, we got exactly what we deserved. They were better than us, said Kansas coach Bill Self, who had more Big 12 titles (nine straight) on his résumé coming into the game than he had losses (eight overall) at the Jayhawks’ venerable on-campus arena.
This is a hard place to win, Self said. They made us play poorly.
Still, Kansas (9-4) had a chance to tie the game when Perry Ellis went to the free throw line with 11.9 seconds left. He made his first free throw but, after San Diego State (12-1) called timeout to ice him, Ellis missed the second and the Jayhawks were forced to foul.
Thames made both free throws to give San Diego State a three-point lead, and the Aztecs fouled rather than allow Kansas to attempt a tying 3.
We all missed shots we usually make, said freshman Andrew Wiggins, who had 14 points for the Jayhawks, and that’s going to happen from time to time with a young team.
No. 8 WICHITA ST. 67, N. IOWA 53: In Wichita, Kan., Fred VanVleet had a season-high 22 points to lead Wichita State past Northern Iowa, the unbeaten Shockers’ 15th straight win.
Cleanthony Early had 18 points for Wichita State (15-0, 2-0 Missouri Valley), which established a school record for consecutive wins.
No. 11 VILLANOVA 91, PROVIDENCE 61: In Villanova, Pa., JayVaughn Pinkston scored 19 points, Dylan Ennis had 17 and Villanova led all the way.
No. 20 COLORADO 100, No. 10 OREGON 91: In Boulder, Colo., Askia Booker scored a career-high 27 points, 11 in the last 4:40, and Colorado rallied in the second half to hand Oregon its first loss.