MANHATTAN, Kansas (Ticker) -- Thanks to Kirk Hinrich and Aaron Miles, 11th-ranked Kansas continued its domination of Kansas State.
Hinrich scored 28 points, one shy of matching a career high, and Miles had all 13 of his points in the second half to lead the Jayhawks to their 26th straight win over their Big 12 rivals, 82-64.
Along with the streak which covers more than nine years, Kansas (17-5, 7-1 Big 12) has also won the last 20 road meetings and all 15 at Bramlage Coliseum.
This game featured eight ties and 10 lead changes before the Jayhawks took control midway through the second half and closed the game with a 21-6 run.
Keith Langford scored seven points and Hinrich added a jumper and a layup to highlight the game-ending spurt.
The loss was the fourth in a row for Kansas State (11-10, 2-6), the last three coming against top-12 teams Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Kansas.
"I thought our guys exerted themselves at a high level," Kansas State coach Jim Wooldridge said. "We just didn't have enough left in the tank and they did. Certainly, you hope there are some positives that will come out of it and we'll be a better team."
Tim Ellis led the Wildcats with 14 points, including four 3-pointers.
But Hinrich was the best shooter on the floor, converting 11-of-16 from the field and 4-of-7 from beyond the arc. He had 26 points in the Jayhawks' 81-64 win over Kansas State on January 18.
"They played well, but we got more aggressive in the second half and got into our transition game," Hinrich said. "It was much different than the first time we played them when we jumped out to a 15-0 lead. This time, we went back and forth in that first half and in the second half we just beat them in transition."
Kansas shot 54 percent in the second half when it outscored the Wildcats, 47-28.
Kansas State held its biggest lead at 51-47 on a basket by Frank Richards with 13:18 left in the second half. But Hinrich and Miles each scored six points to spark a 14-2 run, giving Kansas a 61-53 advantage with 8:33 left.
Marques Hayden converted a three-point play and Matt Siebrandt scored on a layup to pull the Wildcats within 61-58 with 7:40 remaining.
But Miles followed with a layup and a dunk to ignite the 21-6 game-ending spurt. After Ellis hit a jumper with 6:37 left, Kansas reeled off the next 15 points as Langford hit two jumpers and three free throws and Hinrich added two baskets and a free throw.
A 3-pointer by Michael Lee capped the spurt and gave Kansas its biggest lead at 80-60 with 3:01 left.
"They ran us out of the gym at the end there," Siebrandt said. "It seemed like they had an extra gear and we couldn't keep up with them."
A short jumper by Quentin Buchanan with 1:54 remaining ended a scoring drought of more than 4 1/2 minutes for the Wildcats.
Langford finished with 18 points for Kansas, which survived a sub-par game by Nick Collison, who had 10 points, nine below his scoring average.
"It was a great win because all they've been talking about is the streak and how they're going to get us this year," Collison said. "They played close for awhile and I think they really thought they were going to win but we pulled away and played well down the stretch."
Hayden had 13 points and Gilson DeJesus added 11 for Kansas State.
The first half featured six lead changes with Kansas holding the biggest advantage at 24-18 after a 3-pointer by Hinrich with 5:06 left. But Ellis responded with a pair of 3-pointers and DeJesus and Jarrett Hart each added a 3-pointer to help Kansas State tie the game at 30-30 with 2:03 remaining.
Hayden hit two free throws and a short jumper in the final 39 seconds, giving the Wildcats a 36-35 halftime lead.
"I told our guys that it made no difference what the score was at halftime, it made a difference what the score was at the end of the game," said Kansas coach Roy Williams, who improved to 35-4 against Kansas State.