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Kansas fends off feisty Toledo

Lawrence, KS (SportsNetwork.com) - Perry Ellis had 21 points and 11 rebounds as No. 16 Kansas defeated Toledo 93-83 on Monday night.

Naadir Tharpe registered 20 points and eight assists, while Andrew Wiggins tallied 20 points and five boards for the Jayhawks (9-3), who have won three in a row since a 1-3 stretch. Joel Embiid added 14 points and 10 rebounds in the triumph.

Nathan Boothe had 15 points and five assists for Toledo (12-1), which suffered its first defeat of the season.

Toledo stayed close throughout most of the opening half.

Julius Brown knocked down a triple in transition following a Wayne Selden turnover, and a Wiggins giveaway led to a Rian Pearson jumper to give the Rockets a quick 5-0 lead.

The tilt was played within a five-point window from there, until a 6-0 Jayhawks spurt finally allowed the hosts to cause some separation during the latter stages of the half.

After Jonathan Williams nailed a jumper to pull Toledo within 31-30, Ellis made a jumper, Selden hit a 3 and Ellis split a pair of foul shots for a 37-30 Kansas margin with 3:40 to play.

Kansas took a 43-36 cushion into the break.

Tharpe sunk a pair of triples and Embiid tallied five points during an 11-2 Jayhawks surge, which was capped on Embiid's three-point play for KU's largest spread of 68-52 with 12:05 left.

The hosts cruised the rest of the way.

Game Notes

Kansas shot 56.3 percent (36-of-64) from the field and were 7-of-14 from beyond the arc ... The Jayhawks outrebounded the Rockets, 44-28.

12/30 22:20:27 ET

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