Mar 2, 2013; Lawrence, KS, USA; Kansas Jayhawks guard Ben McLemore (23) drives with the ball against the West Virginia Mountaineers during the first half at Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas defeated West Virginia 91-65. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

Instant Reaction: McLemore Scores 36 in Easy Win For Kansas


On Saturday afternoon in Lawrence, the sixth-ranked Kansas Jayhawks used a career game for freshman guard Ben McLemore en route to a 91-65 win over West Virginia.

With the win, Kansas improved to 25-4 overall and 13-3 in Big 12 conference play. West Virginia fell to 13-16 and 6-10 in conference.

The Mountaineers were led by Terry Henderson who scored 20 points off the bench. Dominque Rutledge added 17 points and 13 rebounds in the loss. McLemore was aided by another spirited effort from the Jayhawks. Senior center Jeff Withey scored 14 points to go along with 10 rebounds and nine blocked shots. Elijah Johnson went for 12 points and 10 assists. The Jayhawks for the game shot 56% from the field and 61% from behind the three-point line in hitting 11-18 attempts. McLemore went 5-6 from behind the three-point line, while Johnson nailed three attempts.

West Virginia posted a great start in jumping on Kansas with an early seven-point advantage at 16-9. Kansas bounced back in taking the lead at 21-20 after Withey scored. Kansas then went ahead by 14 at halftime after guard Naadir Tharpe hit a three-pointer. Later on in the second half, Johnson hit a three-pointer giving Kansas an 63-41 lead. The Jayhawks lead did grow to 29 points at it’s largest.

Next up for Kansas is Texas Tech on Monday in Lawrence. The Red Raiders hold a 9-16 record overall, and are currently battling last place TCU.

 

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