No. 3 Kansas Races Past ‘Roos 99-52
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Third-ranked Kansas sprinted out to a 15-0 lead to open the game and never looked back on its way to a 99-52 win over Wednesday evening in Allen Fieldhouse.
The win improved the Jayhawks to 13-0 for the second-straight season and extended the nation’s longest home court winning streak to 68 games. dropped to 8-7 with the loss.
Senior guard Tyrel Reed got things started for the Jayhawks as he hit a jumper from the wing. Two free throws from freshman guard Josh Selby were followed by a steal and dunk by junior forward Markieff Morris for a quick 6-0 lead before the game was a minute old.
Kansas got two more free throws from junior guard Tyshawn Taylor, a steal and dunk from junior forward Marcus Morris, a three from Reed and a lay up from sophomore guard Travis Releford for a 15-0 lead forcing to call its first of three first-half timeouts with 14:28 to play in the opening frame.
The Jayhawk guards had an especially strong first half as Taylor finished with 11 points and four assists at the break, while sophomore Elijah Johnson had 10 and Reed contributed eight points and four as KU took a 52-24 lead into the break.
Selby led KU on a 15-5 run to open the second period as the Jayhawks opened up a 67-29 lead less than five minutes into the second frame. Selby had 11 of the 15 Kansas points during the run. The Baltimore native finished with a game-high 16 points as the Jayhawks closed out the Kangaroos, 99-52 for the win.
Five other Kansas players finished in double figures as Taylor had 15, Releford and Johnson added 13 points and Marcus Morris and Reed each chipped in 11. The six players in double figures was a season high as KU previously had five players in double-figures in the season-opening win over Longwood on Nov. 12.
Kansas made 55.7 percent (34-of-61) of its shots from the field, including 42.3 percent (42.3) from beyond the arc. KU also made 20-of-23 from the foul line, good for 87 percent.
Marcus Morris was the leading rebounder with seven caroms as KU out-rebounded 37-33 on the night.
Kansas was aided by 26 Kangaroos turnovers, turning them into 32 points. The Jayhawks collected a season-high 18 steals led by Reed with a career-best five thefts. Selby tallied four steals and senior guard Brady Morningstar finished with three.
KU shared the ball well as the Jayhawks recorded a season-high 26 assists. Taylor and Selby each dished seven assists, Reed had five and Morningstar registered four.
Bakari Lewis and Couisnard led the Kangaroos with 16 points each in the loss.
Kansas will play its final non-conference game of the 2010-11 season when it travels to Ann Arbor, Mich., Sunday, Jan. 9 to face Michigan. Game time is slated for 3:30 p.m. (CT) at Crisler Arena.