No. 6 Kansas rallies past Iowa State in OT 108-96
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Elijah Johnson scored a career-high 39 points — 12 in overtime — and No. 6 Kansas rallied to beat Iowa State 108-96 on Monday night for coach Bill Self's 500th career win.
Travis Releford added 19 points for the Jayhawks (24-4, 12-3 Big 12), who snapped Iowa State's 22-game home winning streak and kept pace with No. 13 Kansas State atop the Big 12.
Johnson made two free throws with 4.9 seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 90-all. He and Releford buried 3s to put Kansas ahead 100-92 with 2:03 left, and Johnson drilled a 30-footer with 54 seconds left.
Korie Lucious scored 23 points and Tyrus McGee had 22 for the Cyclones (19-9, 9-6), who dropped their third overtime game in Big 12 play — and their second straight at the hands of the Jayhawks.
After the game a handful of those in the student section hurled small plastic megaphones at the Jayhawks as they ran back to their locker room.
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No. 13 Kansas State beats Texas Tech 75-55
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Thomas Gipson scored 20 points, Angel Rodriguez added 16 and No. 13 Kansas State beat Texas Tech 75-55 on Monday night giving the Wildcats 12 conference wins for the first time in 40 years.
The 12 league wins are the most ever for a first-year coach at Kansas State (23-5, 12-3 Big 12) and more importantly for Bruce Weber and his team is that win keeps the Wildcats tied with No. 6 Kansas for first place in the Big 12.
Dusty Hannahs scored 14 points for the Red Raiders (9-17, 2-13) and Jaye Crockett added 13.
The Wildcats did not take control until the second half, when reserve Nino Williams jump-started the Kansas State offense with 11 straight points.
Craig and Holliday homer in Cardinals' win
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Matt Holliday and Allen Craig each hit their first homers of spring training, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 10-2 victory over the Houston Astros on Monday.
Craig was starting as the designated hitter because he has had a sore shoulder the past few days and has yet to play in the field. He reached base in all three at-bats, adding a walk and an RBI single in the fourth.
Adam Wainwright, the Cardinals' likely opening-day starter, allowed four hits while striking out three in 2 2-3 scoreless innings.
Phil Humber needed only eight pitches to retire the Cardinals in the first inninng, but he struggled with his control in the second. Humber walked the first two batters then allowed a RBI hit to David Freese.
Butler leads Royals in romp of Diamondbacks
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Billy Butler doubled, drove in three runs and scored twice Monday, leading the Kansas City Royals in a 16-4 romp of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Non-roster invitees Max Ramirez and Adam Moore had back-to-back pinch-hit home runs in the fifth inning off Steve Garrison. Ramirez hit a grand slam and Moore followed with a monstrous drive to left for his second home run in five spring at-bats.
Diamondbacks starter Randall Delgado, who was acquired from Atlanta in the Justin Upton trade on Jan. 24, gave up five runs on six hits in the first inning.
Arizona also committed two errors in the first.