On Saturday evening, a night that saw former Kansas guard Mario Chalmers get his jersey retired, the Jayhawks put on a show.
Kansas used a balanced effort to win, 73-47 in Lawrence. With the win, Kansas kept pace with Kansas State who defeated Baylor on Saturday in the Big 12 standings. Both teams hold a 9-3 record in conference. Overall, the Jayhawks now have a 21-4 record. Texas fell to 11-14 overall, and 3-9 in conference.
Jeff Withey, and Travis Releford led the balanced scoring with 15 points apiece for Kansas. Withey added 11 rebounds, four steals and two blocked shots. Ben McLemore added 13 points, six rebounds and three assists, while point guard Elijah Johnson scored 12 points. Texas was keyed by Myck Kabongo who scored 13 points, nine of which came from the free-throw line. For the game, Texas connected only shot 22% from the field, and 10% from behind the three-point line. In comparison, Kansas hit 46% of their field goals.
Kansas broke open an 15-9 game early on with nine straight points, pushing the lead to 15. Kansas went into the locker-room with a 28-15 lead on the Longhorns. The second half was more of the same as Kansas instantly jumped ahead by 22 with a 14-4 run. The score only continued to get worse for Texas, as Kansas built a 30-point lead at 60-30. Freshman Perry Ellis made the score 70-35 after two free throws with 3:42 remaining. Texas did manage to make the final score a little more respectable in the end.
Next up for Kansas is a rematch with 17th-ranked Oklahoma State on Wednesday in Stillwater. The Cowboys defeated Kansas 85-80 on Feb. 2nd, ending the Jayhawks 18-game winning streak. Oklahoma State pulled out a tough win over Oklahoma on Saturday in overtime, 84-79.
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