Fans celebrate Sunflower Showdown rivalry

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Sunflower Showdown fever soared around northeast Kansas Monday night.

The annual men’s basketball game between K-State and KU tipped off at 8 p.m.

At the Top of the Tower in Topeka, the Easterseals Capper Foundation used the game for a friendly fundraiser.

"It's a great time to bring fans of K-State and fans of KU together in one room and let the fun begin,” Vice President for Easterseals, Edie Smith said.

Over a hundred people attended the event.

The action in Manhattan began bright and early. Students looking to score a seat got in line at 5:45 a.m.

"We didn't want to miss out on the game day experience,” said K-State student, Maddie Abbs. “Just being here with everyone is always really exciting. We wanted to make it special for our last home game."

The line of students began at the entrance of Bramlage Coliseum and ended in the parking lot.

K-State student and KU fan, Parker Thomsen, wore a KU jersey around campus in preparation for the game.

“The reaction was not good,” said Thomsen. “A lot of boos, a lot of comments.”

Thomsen says no matter the outcome, it’s a win for the state.

"A team from Kansas is going to win on Kansas Day,” said Thomsen. “I’ll take it.”

KU took road win 70-56 over K-State.