November 26, 2012; Lawrence, KS, USA; Kansas Jayhawks center Jeff Withey (5) runs down the court after scoring in the second half of the game against the San Jose State Spartans at Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas won 70-57. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-US PRESSWIRE

Kansas Basketball: Jayhawks Hold Off San Jose State, 70-57

The Kansas Jayhawks defeated San Jose State, 70-57 on Monday evening in Lawrence. The 12th-ranked Jayhawks improved to 5-1 with the win, while San Jose State fell to 2-3. Spartans guard James Kinney led all scorers with 30 points, seven rebounds, five steals, and two assists. Kansas center Jeff Withey scored 16 points, to go along with 12 rebounds and 12 blocked shots. Withey’s triple-double was only the second in Kansas history.

Kansas jumped to a 17-8 lead after an made free throw from Ben McLemore at the 12:41 mark of the first half. Though San Jose State continued to plug away at the lead, cutting it down to five after a lay-up from Kinney. At halftime, the Jayhawks held an eight point at 40-32.

Kansas used a 20-2 run, after San Jose State cut the lead to six at 40-34. Withey scored 10 of the 20 points in the run, putting the Jayhawks ahead at 60-36. San Jose State and Kinney, still weren’t done. Kinney led an 18-2 run once again, putting San Jose State in the thick of things. After a three pointer by Kinney, Kansas’s lead was trimmed to 60-51 at the 6:42 mark of the second half. Kansas managed to connect on key free throws down the stretch, preserving the win.

Next up for Kansas is a meeting with Oregon State on Friday in Lawrence.

 

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