MANHATTAN, Kan. —
The Wildcats went right at him, and Smart wisely backed down on a couple of occasions to avoid picking up his fifth foul. That allowed the Wildcats to surge ahead, taking a 65-60 lead when Foster slashed through the lane and curled in a layup with 3½ minutes remaining.
That matched the biggest lead of the game, and the gritty Wildcats managed to hit just enough free throws — and make just enough stops — to hold on at the end.
"They just outplayed us," Nash said. "They played hard every time. They don't care what the situation is, they just play. That's what we need to do. We played tentative and we need to play hard every game. That's what I'm going to do from now on. Play 100 percent and give 100 percent to this team because that's what they need."