Nov 19, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas Jayhawks guard Travis Releford (24), guard Ben McLemore (23), and guard Elijah Johnson (15) watch play during the second half of the game against the Washington State Cougars at the CBE Classic at the Sprint Center. Kansas won 78-41. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-US PRESSWIRE

Kansas Basketball: Kansas Comes Out Strong Against Washington State, 78-41


The No. 12 Kansas Jayhawks defeated the Washington State Cougars 78-41. The game was apart of the Edward Jones CBE Hall of Fame Classic.

Head coach Bill Self expressed that he was unhappy with his team in the win last week against Chattanooga and his team responded against WSU.

The Jayhawks had big performances from Ben McLemore, Travis Releford, and Perry Ellis. Releford had a team-high 17 points and went 6-of-7 from the field. McLemore kept his good play going as he scored 11 points (his third straight game with double-digit points). Ellis was second on the team with 12 point, but how did he get most of his points?

Ellis went a perfect 8-of-8 from the foul line and the Jayhawks as an entire team only missed two free throws all game. They went 20-of-22 from the charity stripe as a team.

The only Cougar to reach double-digit points was Washington State’s leading scorer, Brock Motum. Motum scored 14 points and also led the team with seven rebounds.

WSU shot just 29.1 percent from the field and went 4 of 22 from beyond the 3-point line. The Jayhawks also forced the Cougars to commit 14 turnovers.

On defense, Kansas got another huge performance out of Jeff Withey. Withey caused a ton of havoc for Brock Motum and the rest of Washington State. He recorded five blocks and six rebounds in the game.

Kevin Young was Kansas’ leading rebounder with ten rebounds.

The Jayhawks are now 3-1 on the season.

Kansas’ next game will be against the St. Louis Billikens. This game will be the Championship Game for the Edward Jones CBE Hall of Fame Classic. St. Louis is 2-1 on the season and defeated Texas A&M 70-49 in their semifinal game.

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