Joel Embiid scored 18 points versus New Mexico on Saturday, Dec. 14th, 2013 at Sprint Center in Kansas City, MO. (Photo: Jeff Jacobsen/Kansas Athletics)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Perry Ellis scored 21 points, Joel Embiid added a career-high 18 and No. 13 Kansas pulled away in the second half to beat New Mexico 80-63 on Saturday night and end a frustrating two-game skid.
Andrew Wiggins, who dealt with foul trouble much of the night, added 11 points for the Jayhawks (7-3), who led 39-38 at halftime but used two big runs over the final 20 minutes to blow it open.
It was the Jayhawks' ninth straight win at the Sprint Center, including their run to last year's Big 12 tournament title. After dropping games at Colorado and Florida, the win also kept Kansas from losing three straight non-conference games for the first time since the 1982-83 season.
Cameron Bairstow and Kendall Williams had 24 points apiece for the Lobos (7-2).