KU basketball, Devonte' Graham down rival Missouri in raucous Border War renewal


Graham, who finished with 25 points on 7-for-15 shooting (six 3-pointers), 10 rebounds and five assists, keyed the Jayhawks, who overcame a six-point second-half deficit to win the first matchup of any kind between the two programs since February 25, 2012.

Azubuike had 11 points and four blocked shots in the second stanza, while Newman had 13 of his 17 points after intermission.

First-year Tigers coach Cuonzo Martin, meanwhile, said after the exhibition at the Sprint Center that he'd like to resume the rivalry.

The programs have played 268 games - but, prior to Sunday, none since 2012, when Missouri left the Big 12 to join the Southeastern Conference.

With senior guard Devonte' Graham leading the way, the Jayhawks made sure KU fans spilled out of the downtown arena elated, after a 93-87 Kansas victory.

"The game may not have counted, but it certainly mattered".

"We are going to do what is best for us". That money will be donated to the Houston Harvey Relief Fund, the Rebuild Texas Fund, the Florida Disaster Fund, Juntos y Unidos Por Puerto Rico and the Fund for the U.S. Virgin Islands, according to the Kansas City Star.

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Kansas State and Missouri State played a similar game Saturday in Manhattan, in which all proceeds went to the Red Cross' disaster relief. "It was great atmosphere to play in".

One player in the building that did have firsthand experience of the rivalry was Sherron Collins, former standout Jayhawk guard who played against Missouri eight times in his career between 2006 and 2010.

It's unlikely the Border War rivalry will ever become reality again in a competitive game, but the exhibition version made for excellent basketball and a produced an overwhelming donation to charity.

He was asked if he'd want to play KU if it was just up to him.

The two fanbases deserve it, and there's clearly a lot of fan interest seeing the two teams play, whether on the hardwood or the gridiron.

"There were a lot of things that I didn't think that we did great, but I did think we competed in the second half which was probably the most positive thing", said Bill Self.

Though the stats and result won't go in either team's record books and the point of the scrimmage was to raise money for a good cause, it didn't take long for the Jayhawks and Tigers - and a split-down-the-middle sellout crowd - to make it feel more like March than October at Sprint Center. "I'm not going to say never, but I don't think that there's been any change in our position as far as the university goes". To the fans, the community, the charity.