Henry's 24 Points Leads Kansas Basketball To Win Vs. Colorado

Feb. 20, 2010

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LAWRENCE, Kan. – Freshman Xavier Henry scored 24 points to lead the No. 1-ranked Kansas basketball team to a 94-74 victory against Colorado on Saturday afternoon. It was the Jayhawks’ 15th straight win in the series with Colorado.

Kansas improved to 26-1 overall and 12-0 in Big 12 play. Colorado fell to 12-14 and 3-9. The Jayhawks also extended the nation’s longest active home court winning streak to 57 consecutive games.

Henry’s scoring outburst marked his third-highest point total of the season, as well as his most points in the last 18 games. Henry’s previous best was a 31-point game against La Salle on Dec. 12. He also had a 27-point performance in his debut against Hofstra in the season opener.

Henry also was active on the boards pulling down six rebounds, just two shy of his season high of eight against California.

In all, five Jayhawks reached double-figure scoring as Cole Aldrich and Tyshawn Taylor scored 17 points apiece and Sherron Collins scored 13 and Markieff Morris chipped in 11.

Colorado was led by Grandview, Mo. product Alec Burks, who scored 17 points and pulled down a team-best seven rebounds. Marcus Relphorde added 16 for the Buffaloes, who fell to 1-10 on the road this season.

Taylor made his first start in 10 games and responded well in that role. His 17 points were one shy of his season high and marked just the second time in the last 11 games he reached double-figure points.

Taylor hit on six of seven field goal attempts and also handed out six assists, just one shy of his season-best.

Aldrich became the first Jayhawk in school history to block more than 100 shots in a season as his five swats against Colorado gave him 103 on the year.

Collins handed out seven assists to go with his 13 points, while his three three-pointers made him the ninth player in school history to knock down 80 treys in a season.

Colorado’s 94 points were it most in the last 18 games and its plus-15 rebounding margin was its third biggest of the season.

Henry and Aldrich scored 12 and 11 points respectively in the first half. Henry hit two three-pointers in the first two minutes of the game as KU jumped out 8-2. Colorado pulled within 8-7 before the Jayhawks went on a 10-0 run ignited by a Taylor three-pointer.

After the Buffaloes pulled within 22-13 at the 11:04 mark on a jumper by Burks, KU responded with a Collins three-pointer and the lead never dipped below double-digits again.

The Jayhawks out-rebounded the visitors 22-14 in the first half and scored 22 points in the paint. KU also hit six three-pointers on 11 attempts in the first half as Henry ended the first period three of five from beyond the arc.

Kansas hosts Oklahoma Monday night at 8 p.m. The game is part of ESPN’s Big Monday television package.