Arthur And Robinson Lead Kansas To 100-90 Win Vs. Baylor
Feb. 9, 2008
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Darrell Arthur and Russell Robinson each recorded season scoring bests to lead fourth-ranked Kansas to a 100-90 victory against visiting Baylor in Big 12 men’s basketball action on Saturday.<?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>
With the win <?xml:namespace prefix=”st1″ ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags”?>Kansas improved to 23-1 overall and 8-1 in Big 12 Conference play. Baylor fell to 17-5 and 5-3 in league action.
Arthur scored 23 points and recorded a double-double with 10 rebounds, while Robinson scored 22 points, including hitting 14 of 15 free throw attempts.
Baylor was led by Curtis Jerrells, who scored 30 points, the most by any individual against the Jayhawks this season. LaceDarius Dunn added 23 points in just 20 minutes as he hit five of 10 three pointers for Baylor.
Three other Jayhawks scored in double figures as Sherron Collins scored 17 points, his third-most this season and Darnell Jackson and Mario Chalmers, each had 10. Chalmers scored all 10 of his points in the second half as he also posted a game-high seven assists, one shy of his career-best.
Robinson led KU with nine points in the first half and then hit nine of 10 free throws in the second half as Kansas overcame an early deficit to win the game.
Meanwhile Arthur recorded 20-plus points for the third time this season. He also had his third double-double of the year.
Early in the first half, Kansas found itself down by six points at 10-4. That marked the fourth-biggest deficit the Jayhawks had faced this season and the biggest at home this year.
KU later trailed 20-13 before Russell Robinson ignited a 7-0 run to tie the score at 20 at the 8:37 mark. That run became the beginning of a 14-3 stretch, which put the Jayhawks up 27-23. KU took a 36-33 lead into the lockerroom.
Baylor used an 8-2 run early in the second half to tie the score at 50, tying the game on a four-point play by LaceDarius Dunn.
After Baylor cut the KU lead to 61-56, the Jayhawks scored on three consecutive layups to ignite the crowd and push the margin to 67-56. Baylor never got closer than eight points the rest of the way.
Kansas reached 100 points for the second time this season as the Jayhawks had previously scored 107 points in the season opener against Louisiana-Monroe. KU also gave up 90 points, the most by an opponent since 2003, when Arizona scored 91 in a 91-74 win.
The Jayhawks failed to make a three-pointer for the first time in their last 271 games. KU was 0 of nine from three-point range, including an 0 of seven mark in the first half. Meanwhile Baylor drained 12 three-pointers on 29 attempts.
However, Kansas enjoyed a huge advantage at the free throw line making 36 of 46 attempts, while Baylor was 14 of 18. The teams were even on the boards as they tied with 39 rebounds each. Baylor committed 17 turnovers to only eight by Kansas
Kansas will play at Texas on Monday night as part of ESPN’s Big Monday package. Tipoff is slated for 8 p.m. in Austin, Texas.