KU Routs Nebraska, 96-54

Jan. 21, 2006

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The University of Kansas (11-6, 2-2 Big 12) men’s basketball team defeated Nebraska (12-5, 2-2 Big 12) 96-54, Saturday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse. Eleven different Jayhawks scored as KU shot a season-best 59.7 percent from the field and never trailed in the contest. <?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>

Freshman guard Brandon Rush and senior guard Jeff Hawkins each scored a game-high 17 points for KU. The duo combined to knock down eight three-pointers and Hawkins’ five treys matched a career high. Overall, the Jayhawks nailed 11 three-pointers, a season-best, shooting a blistering 61.1 percent from behind the arc. Rush also finished with a game-high nine rebounds.

Sophomores Russell Robinson and Darnell Jackson each chipped in 13 points for the Jayhawks. Robinson’s six assists were a game high and Jackson tallied nine of his career-high 13 points in the second half. Freshman forward Julian Wright was the fifth Jayhawk to reach double figures, finishing with 12 points and a pair of rim-rattling dunks.

KU set new season highs in field goal percentage (59.7 percent) and three-point percentage (61.1 percent). The Jayhawks outscored the Cornhuskers 40-16 in the paint and forced 24 Nebraska turnovers, tying a KU opponent season-high. The Jayhawks converted those turnovers into 37 points and also finished with 25 fast break points.

The Jayhawks ran out to a 51-30 halftime lead behind runs of 8-0 and 16-0. Hawkins and Rush each had 14 points at the break as KU shot 72.4% from the field. The rout continued in the second half, as 10 different Jayhawks scored and KU built a 45-point lead with 1:30 remaining in the game.

For their next tilt, the Jayhawks travel to College Station, Texas, to take on Texas A&M on Wednesday, Jan. 25th. Tip off is slated for 7 p.m.