Jackson leads No. 3 Kansas past pesky Davidson, 89-71

KU Jayhawks (KSN Image)
KU Jayhawks (KSN Image)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Josh Jackson and Frank Mason III scored 18 points apiece, helping third-ranked Kansas overcome a sluggish, sloppy first half to beat Davidson 89-71 on Saturday night at Sprint Center.

Svi Mykhailiuk also had 13 points for the Jayhawks (10-1), who extended their nation-leading home winning streak to 49 games. Kansas considered the matchup with the Wildcats (5-4) a home game even though it was played just down the road from its campus in Lawrence.

It was the Jayhawks’ eighth straight win in the building, including the Big 12 Tournament last season and the CBE Classic a few weeks ago. It’s also the same building where they will not only contest the league tournament in March but hope to land in the NCAA Tournament with a spot in the Final Four on the line.

Peyton Aldridge hit five 3s and had 22 points to lead the Wildcats, while Jack Gibbs – the nation’s fourth-leading scorer coming into the game – had 12 points, seven rebounds and six assists.