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Jackson, Mason lead Kansas to CBE Classic title

The Kansas Jayhawks will head back to Lawrence after earning another in-season tournament title for head coach Bill Self, taking down Georgia in the College Basketball Experience Classic championship 65-54.

KU fans saw freshman Josh Jackson stay out of foul trouble and help contribute to the dominance senior Frank Mason III has continually played with this season.

“It’s so much fun, they make the game so much easier,” Jackson said of junior Devonte’ Graham and Mason. “Not going to lie, sometime I’m even able to take plays off.”

The freshman scored 37 total points in the Jayhawk’s games against UAB and Georgia. He also picked up only five personal fouls at the Sprint Center.

Mason also continued to barrel towards the basket in the title game against the Bulldogs, leading the way with 19 points.

“His toughness, you know, Frank’s got a lot of heart,” Jackson said. “For a guy his size, I’ve never seen anybody be able to finish around the basket as well as he has.”

Mason’s key to the early start is short and simple.

“My teammates, coaching staff, just trusting the game plan and executing,” Mason said.

Self said he hopes his team can recharge their batteries heading into the Thanksgiving holiday. KU will welcome UNC Asheville to Allen Fieldhouse on Friday.