published Friday, March 21st, 2014

Kansas turns back pesky Eastern Kentucky, 80-69

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    Kansas' Wayne Selden, Jr. (1) passes to teammate Tarik Black (25) as Eastern Kentucky's Tarius Johnson (34) defends during their second-round game in the NCAA basketball tournament Friday, March 21, 2014, in St. Louis. Kansas won 80-69.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

ST. LOUIS — 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.

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