University of Kansas

Former players do battle as KU-MU rivalry is renewed

Updated: 2013-09-29T04:37:56Z

The Kansas City Star

Billy Thomas of Kansas and Jason Sutherland of Missouri had some memorable battles in the Border War during their college careers. Although they have been out of college for several years, they still have the desire to beat their rival.

Thomas and Sutherland showed that during the seventh annual Kansas City Magic Celebrity Basketball Game on Saturday at Municipal Auditorium. Thomas and a group of other former Kansas players defeated Sutherland and other former Missouri players 101-80.

“It was very competitive” said Rick Madden, an assistant basketball coach at Penn Valley Community College who helped organize the event. “With Sutherland and Thomas out there, it got real physical and serious.”

Thomas led the former Jayhawks in scoring with 32 points. He made 10 three-pointers.

Conner Teahan added 21 points for the Kansas team, while Jeff Graves and Jeff Hawkins had 14 apiece.

Former MU football player Tommy Saunders, who played basketball in high school at Kearney, led the Tigers with 31 points.

The game drew about 3,500 fans, Madden said, and they got into the action with help from music provided by the Schlagle High School band.

“It was almost like a college environment,” Madden said. “It was entertaining.”

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