Mar 4, 2013; Lawrence, KS, USA; Kansas Jayhawks center Jeff Withey (5) celebrates after scoring during the first half of the game against the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Allen Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Instant Reaction: Kansas Runs Over Texas Tech, 79-42

On Monday night in Lawrence, the fourth-ranked Kansas Jayhawks flexed their muscle in defeating Texas Tech, 79-42. Kansas was led by center Jeff Withey who scored 22 points, to go along with nine rebounds and four blocked shots.

With the win, Kansas now has a 26-4 overall and 14-3 in the Big 12 conference. Texas Tech fell to 10-18 and 3-14 in conference.

The night was marked by four key Jayhawks players enjoying their last game in Allen Fieldhouse. Joining Withey on this front are seniors Travis Releford, Elijah Johnson, and Kevin Young. Releford scored 13 points to go along with five rebounds, while Young added 14 points and six rebounds. Johnson, went for 12 assists and seven points. Freshman Ben McLemore added 13 points and five rebounds.

Texas Tech was led by Jordan Tolbert, who was the only Red Raider to score in double-figures with 16 points. Texas Tech for the game, shot 26% from the field, and a measly 6% from the behind the three-point line in hitting just one attempt out of 15.

Kansas was in control from the start, blitzing to an early 7-0 advantage after Withey scored on a jumper. The lead grew to 20 at 32-12, once Withey draining a rare three-pointer.  At halftime, Kansas held an 45-20 advantage. The second half saw the Jayhawks score the first eight points, instantly draining any hope of a Texas Tech comeback. Kansas’s largest lead came late in the game, at 79-38 after reserve guard Niko Roberts hit a free throw.

Next up for Kansas is a match-up with Baylor on Saturday in Waco, Texas. The Bears are currently losing to Texas at halftime, in a must-win for the team. Baylor has a record of 17-12 overall and 8-8 in conference.


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