12:30 PM ET, March 20, 2009
MINNEAPOLIS -- Cole Aldrich's long arms emerged above the lane to snatch the rebound and slam it in, drawing a foul he turned into a three-point play and a nine-point Kansas lead with just less than 2 minutes left.North Dakota State's upset pursuit had the support of the crowd, but the lanky yet powerful Aldrich was too hard to guard in his return home.
• Sherron Collins career-high 32 points helped the Jayhawks stave off North Dakota State's upset bid. Cole Aldrich was also in double figures and his 23 points were one short of his career high and his sixth career 20-plus point game.
• The Aldrich-Collins duo combined for 65 percent of their team's points on 59 percent of their team's shots.
• Ben Woodside led the Bison with 37 points (eight from free-throw line, nine 3-pointers), his sixth 30-point game of the season.
• North Dakota State was 7-for-13 from 3-point range in the first half but 3-11 in the second half.
-- ESPN research
NCAA Mens Tournament
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||26-62 (.419)||32-64 (.500)|
|3P Made-Attempted||10-24 (.417)||4-12 (.333)|
|FT Made-Attempted||12-15 (.800)||16-20 (.800)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||21 (0/0)||17 (0/0)|
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