No. 3 Kansas Dominates Inside On Way To 83-56 Win Over Miami (Ohio)
Jan. 2, 2011
KU AD Sheahon Zenger Talks With KU Radio Personality Bob Davis at Halftime
Selby Continues to Impress in Jayhawks’ Victory Over RedHawks
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Junior forwards Marcus and Markieff Morris came off the bench to combine for 29 points spark a furious first-half rally that quickly put the game out of reach as the third-ranked Jayhawks defeated Miami (Ohio) 83-56 at Allen Fieldhouse Sunday evening.
The win improved Kansas to 13-0 and extended the nation’s longest active home court winning streak to 67 games, while the loss dropped Miami to 5-9 on the season.
Kansas dominated inside as they outscored Miami 50-14 in the paint in the victory. The Jayhawks also controlled the boards, out-rebounding the Redhawks 46-17. Markieff Morris’ 10 boards gave him his fifth double-double of the season. Freshman guard Josh Selby pulled down a personal-best seven caroms in the contest.
Sophomore forward Thomas Robinson got Kansas on the board first as he threw down the first of 10 dunks for the Jayhawks on the night. Miami quickly responded getting a three-point basket from senior forward Nick Winbush as the Redhawks took their lone lead of the game at 3-2.
From that point on, the Morris twins took over, scoring 15 of the next 17 points for Kansas. Marcus Morris came off the bench first and scored six-straight points for the Jayhawks. Markieff then got in on the action with a put-back followed by a long jumper by senior guard Brady Morningstar that put KU up 12-5 with just over 13 minutes to play in the first frame.
The Morris twins then back to work as Markieff knocked down a three and had an alley oop dunk that sandwiched a lay up from Marcus and gave Kansas a 19-9 advantage.
Following a reverse lay up from Miami’s Orlando Williams, Kansas held the Redhawks scoreless over the next four minutes, while pouring in 14 points of its own. Selby made his presence felt, scoring seven of the 14 points for KU during the run. Selby scored off a reverse lay up and knocked down a three before turning a steal into a thundering slam dunk to cap the 14-0 Jayhawk run.
The Morris twins then went back to work as both Marcus and Markieff added a dunk and a three-pointer before the break to give Kansas a 47-21 lead at the break. Markieff finished the opening period with 16 points and seven bards, while Marcus tallied 13 points first-half points.
Selby opened the second period with a jumper followed by a bucket from junior guard Tyshawn Taylor. Kansas then got a free throw from Marcus Morris, a three from Selby and a dunk from Markieff Morris as the Jayhawks pushed the lead past 30 points early in the second period.
Kansas and Miami traded baskets for much of the remainder of the game with KU winning by a final tally of 83-56.
KU shot 57.3 percent from the field, marking its best shooting performance since it shot 59.3 percent versus North Texas on Nov. 19 and its 10th time this season to shoot better than 50 percent for the game.
The Jayhawks were extremely proficient from beyond the arc, knocking down 8-of-16 shots, good for 50.0 percent. Selby canned 4-of-5 from long range to lead KU.
Markieff and Marcus Morris along with Selby finished the game in double figures led by Markieff Morris’ 20 points. Selby recorded 18 points, marking his third double-figure scoring performance since joining the Kansas line up four games ago. Marcus Morris also had 18 points in the win.
Orlando Williams led the Redhawks with 11 points, while Nick Winbush added nine points in the loss.
Kansas will hit the court again on Wednesday, Jan. 5, when it plays host to UMKC. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m., in Allen Fieldhouse with a live broadcast on the Jayhawk Television Network.