(2) Kansas Survives (15) Eastern Kentucky

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) --  Fifteenth-seeded Eastern Kentucky hung with second-seeded Kansas the entire game, but in the end the Jayhawks came out on top 80-69 Friday, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Corey Walden's jumper with 3:44 left in the contest brought Eastern Kentucky within three, but Kansas closed out the game on a 16-8 run to make sure it advanced to the third round.

"They played great. They played loose and gave us everything we wanted," Kansas head coach Bill Self said. "It was a hard-fought game, one we had to work our tail off 40 minutes to come out with a win."

Andrew Wiggins had 19 points for the  Jayhawks (25-9), which advances to play 10th-seeded Stanford on Sunday.

Eastern Kentucky (24-10) scored 17 points off 13 Kansas turnovers in the first half to go into halftime tied at 32.

The Colonels had the lead as late as the 8:55 mark of the second half, but Jamari Taylor scored 13 of his 17 points from that point on to secure the victory for Kansas.

Glenn Cosey hit five 3-pointers and finished with 17 points in the loss.

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