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EKU Colonels fall to Kansas Jayhawks in South Regional

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Andrew Wiggins scored 19 points, Jamari Traylor and Perry Ellis had double-doubles and second-seeded Kansas pulled away down the stretch to beat pesky Eastern Kentucky 80-69 on Friday in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Traylor finished with 17 points and 14 rebounds, and Ellis had 14 points and 13 boards for the Jayhawks (25-9), who trailed 56-53 with 9 minutes to go before their game-ending charge.

They advanced to play No. 10 seed Stanford, a 58-53 winner over seventh-seeded New Mexico, on Sunday in the third round of the South Regional.

Glenn Cosey hit five 3-pointers and had 17 points for the 15th-seeded Colonels (24-10), the Ohio Valley Conference champions.

Tarius Johnson and Eric Stutz finished with 15 points apiece.

About the only thing Kansas and Eastern Kentucky had in common before the game was that they were playing each other in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

The Jayhawks were the big, bruising bullies from the Big 12, touting a roster stocked with five-star freshmen, a championship-winning coach and enough March pedigree to stack up with St. Patrick.

The Colonels were the scrappy underdogs from the Ohio Valley Conference, whose senior-laden roster would rather shoot 3-pointers than free throws and that relishes the underdog role.

The No. 2 seed Jayhawks and 15th-seeded Colonels met Friday in St. Louis, with the winner getting 10th-seeded Stanford in the third round.

"Being the underdog is always fun," said the Colonels' Glenn Cosey, "especially if you can pull off an upset."


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