Maple Shade, N.J. Kansas University's men held off No. 2-ranked Saginaw Valley State and won the Colgate Collegiate Invitational bowling tournament on Friday afternoon.
It was the first Tier One collegiate pin meet ever won by the Jayhawks. KU finished second in last year's Colgate meet.
KU's Marc D'Errico, a sophomore from Rochester, N.Y., averaged a 223 pinfall and finished second in the individual standings. Jason Elliott, a junior from Salina, was right behind at 222 and finished fourth.
Jesse James, a junior from Lawrence, averaged 212 and earned 11th place. Other KU bowlers and their averages were Mike Keeler 202, Alan Emmons 193 and Ryan Ludwig 178.
Kansas' team score was 9,431. Saginaw Valley was 60 pins behind at 9,371.
Michigan State was third at 9,263 pins in the 37-team field.
"For us to close the deal against the No. 2-ranked team in the country was great," KU coach Mike Fine said. "Hopefully, our ranking will go up now."
Meanwhile, KU's women's team settled for fourth place, a mere two pins out of third, in a 22-team field.
Morehead State led the women at 8,893, followed by Shippensburg State 8,692, Indiana State 8,578 and Kansas 8,576.
KU's Kristina Boehm and Annetta Manthei finished fourth and fifth respectively in the individual scoring. Boehm, a junior from Olathe, averaged 211 pins and Manthei, a freshman from Minneapolis, Minn., was at 210.
Tiffany McBurney had the third highest KU average at 189 and was followed by Brenda Morgan 175 and Kelly Zapf 172.
The Kansas bowlers were scheduled to move over to Cherry Hill, N.J., today for the two-day South Jersey Winter Classic.