LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Markieff Morris had 26 points and 15 rebounds and No. 1 Kansas bounced back from a lopsided loss to Kansas State with an 89-63 victory over Colorado, the Buffaloes’ 28th straight defeat in Lawrence.
Brady Morningstar hit his first four 3-pointers to help the Jayhawks (25-2, 10-2 Big 12) get off to a flying start after their brand-new No. 1 ranking was tarnished Monday night by a shocking 84-68 loss at the home of the unranked Wildcats.
Colorado (16-11, 5-7) will go into the Pac-10 next year with a 5-52 record in Allen Fieldhouse. The last time the Buffs won in Lawrence, their coach, Tad Boyle, was a sophomore on Larry Brown’s Jayhawk team in 1983.
Alec Burks had 15 points for the Buffs, Cory Higgins had 14 and Marcus Relphorde 12.
Markieff Morris, the Big 12’s leading rebounder, had three points and no rebounds on Monday night at Kansas State. But he but led a spirited effort against Colorado that resulted in a 41-29 rebound margin. Morris was 8 for 10 from the floor, 9 of 12 from the foul line and had two assists, two blocks and two steals along with his 15 rebounds in 29 minutes.
Colorado, which has lost seven of eight after a seven-game winning streak, including a two-game sweep of Kansas State, mounted one effort to get back in the game early in the second half, when Higgins had four points in an 11-2 run that sliced the lead to 57-44.
Josh Selby’s bucket finally halted the spree, then Higgins’ 10-foot jumper got the lead to 60-48, before Markieff Morris rebounded a miss by twin brother Marcus and completed a three-point play. Marcus hit two more buckets for Kansas, then Tyrel Reed and Tyshawn Taylor connected on back-to-back 3s, building the margin to 76-57.
Marcus Morris and Morningstar each had 16 points. Tyrel Reed had 13 points and Taylor 10.
The Buffs dropped to 0-15 all-time against top-ranked teams, including 0-7 when they playing a No. 1 Kansas over the years.
The Jayhawks, who came in leading the nation with a 52.1 shooting percentage, hit 52.4 from the floor and were 11 for 24 from the 3-point arc.
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