No. 2 Kansas 86, E. Tennessee St. 83
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) _ Rex Walters hit a pair of tie-breaking foul shots and Adonis Jordan added two game-clinching free throws with 3.5 seconds left as No. 2 Kansas blew a 25-point lead before rallying to beat East Tennessee State 86-83 on Saturday night.
Jordan, who had 20 points, became the 28th player in school history to reach the 1,000-point mark for Kansas (6-0).
The Jayhawks scored the game’s first 22 points, then had to rally in the final four minutes for the victory.
East Tennessee State (2-2) overcame a 1-for-20 shooting start to pull ahead for the first time at 78-75 when Jason Niblett hit his second straight 3- pointer with 4:45 left.
East Tennessee led 79-77 with 3:47 remaining when starting guard Eric Palmer fouled out with 16 points. The Jayhawks then went on a 7-1 spurt and took the lead for good at 84-80 on two free throws by Walters and Eric Pauley’s tip-in.
Niblett then hit a jumper to make it 84-82 and went to the free-throw line with a chance to tie the score with 5.1 seconds left. But he made only the second free throw as Kansas held on for its 10th straight victory at home.
Only two non-Big Eight teams have won at Kansas since 1983, a span that includes 70 non-conference games.
Trazel Silvers had six of his 17 points during a 15-4 run that spurred East Tennessee’s comeback.
Pauley led the Jayhawks with 21 points, Steve Woodberry added 13 and Walters 10.
Niblett led all scorers with 22 points, including 15 in the second half.
Jordan converted consecutive three-point plays, an outside jumper and a layup in the first eight minutes, helping the Jayhawks to a 28-3 lead. He became only the fourth player in school history with 1,000 points, 400 assists and 100 steals.
But Palmer scored seven points during a 14-3 spurt that narrowed the deficit to 32-17.
Kansas increased its lead to 50-31 at halftime. But a pair of nine-point spurts, capped by Palmer’s 3-pointer, pulled East Tennessee to 62-57 with 11:14 remaining, putting the Buccaneers in position to challenge down the stretch.