Ellis has 18, leads No. 2 Jayhawks to 88-46 rout of Montana

Montana's Fabijan Krslovic, left, strips the ball from Kansas' Perry Ellis (34) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015, in Lawrence, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

LAWRENCE, Kansas (AP) — Perry Ellis had 18 points and nine rebounds while leading four players in double-figures scoring, and second-ranked Kansas buried Montana with a big second-half run for an 88-46 victory Saturday.

Brannen Greene and Wayne Selden added 11 points apiece, and Svi Mykhailiuk finished with 10 for the Jayhawks (9-1), who led by 20 at halftime before coasting to their eighth straight win.

The victory in the Jayhawks’ first game at Allen Fieldhouse in 10 days was also their 29th in a row at their venerable arena. That’s the seventh-best streak in school history.

Brandon Gfeller led the Griz (4-6) with 12 points in the first meeting between the schools since Dec. 1, 1962. But unlike that game, when Montana hung around in a close defeat, the Jayhawks made sure their hot shooting and suffocating defense would have this one over by halftime.

Greene responded to his first start by making a 3 in the opening minute, and Frank Mason III and Ellis converted three-point plays on the next two possessions. The Jayhawks never trailed again.

Instead, the rest of the game amounted to a Kansas highlight reel.

There was Selden’s alley-oop pass that Cheick Diallo flushed, and Diallo’s rim-shaking dunk just moments later. There was the Selden’s nifty no-look pass that set up Carlton Bragg’s layup, and Selden’s soaring dunk along the baseline that gave the Jayhawks a 31-17 lead late in the half.

Perhaps none of those plays trumped Mason, who got the ball in the open floor and went around the back with it on the drive to the basket. He scored while getting fouled and made the free throw.

Powerless in grounding the high-flying Jayhawks, the Griz only made six field goals in the first half. They missed 10 of their final attempts in falling behind 44-24 at intermission.

The Jayhawks outscored the Griz 18-3 out of the break before coasting the rest of the way.

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