Mason sparks Kansas past UNLV
LAWRENCE, KAN. – Frank Mason had 18 points and seven assists in another virtuoso performance Sunday, helping the No. 13 Jayhawks pull away late in a 76-61 victory over UNLV in their nonconference finale.
"Mason's the guy that makes that whole thing go," UNLV coach Dave Rice said of the relatively unheralded 5-11 sophomore point guard. "… He's the key to their season."
Mason has given Kansas (11-2) reliable ballhandling but also some much-needed scoring punch. He had plenty of help Sunday: Wayne Selden and Perry Ellis added 16 points apiece, Kelly Oubre had 12 points and 10 rebounds and Cliff Alexander finished with 10 points off the bench.
"I always knew I was capable of being this good," Mason said, "but I still don't think I'm playing good."
UNLV (9-5) had four players score in double digits. Freshman Rashad Vaughn scored 10 points, shooting 4-for-10 from the floor, and grabbed four rebounds, but the former Cooper standout also had four turnovers.
BIG TEN WOMEN
• HOT SHOOTING CARRIES HAWKEYES: Melissa Dixon made six three-pointers and broke Iowa's career record with 263 and finished with 21 points in a 79-72 victory for the No. 20 Hawkeyes (11-2, 2-0) over No. 16 Rutgers (10-4, 1-2) in Piscataway, N.J.
• WOLVERINES, TOO: Katelynn Flaherty scored 21 points, including five threes, as host Michigan (10-4, 2-1) beat No. 24 Michigan State (8-6, 0-3) 74-65.
• BAYS ON A ROLL: Whitney Bays scored 27 points and became the first player in school history to post five consecutive double-doubles, leading host Purdue (9-5, 2-1) past Indiana (11-3, 1-2) 86-64.
• RARE VICTORY: Illinois (10-4, 1-1) notched its first win at Penn State (3-11, 0-3) since 1998, winning 91-76 behind 29 points from Jacqui Grant.
• OUT OF THE GATE: Host Ohio State (10-5, 2-1) jumped to a 9-0 lead and never trailed in a 73-64 victory over No. 25 Northwestern (12-2, 2-1).
• AT THE END: Achiri Ade scored on a putback as time expired to lift No. 5 Texas A&M (14-2, 2-0 SEC) to a 52-50 victory at Arkansas (10-4, 0-2).
• CARDINALS HAVE ENOUGH: Chris Jones scored 20 of his 22 points in the second half and No. 5 Louisville (13-1) won its ACC debut, pulling away to beat host Wake Forest (8-7, 0-2) 85-76.