Postgame Notes - West Virginia
March 2, 2013
#6/5 KANSAS 91, WEST VIRGINIA 65
March 2, 2012
KU STARTERS (Season/Career Starts): C Jeff Withey (29/69), G Elijah Johnson (29/75), G Ben McLemore (29/29), F Travis Releford (29/71), F Kevin Young (25/25)
SERIES INFO: Kansas leads 2-0
- Makes Kansas 25-4 on the season.
- Gives KU 24 wins for the eighth-consecutive season, beginning in 2005-06.
- Gives KU 13 conference wins for the eighth-straight season, starting in 2005-06.
- Makes the KU-WVU series 2-0 in favor of Kansas.
- Makes Kansas 15-1 in Allen Fieldhouse this season.
- Improves KU to 697-108 all-time in Allen Fieldhouse, including 162-8 under head coach Bill Self.
- Improves Bill Self to 294-57 while at KU, 501-162 overall and 2-0 all-time against West Virginia.
- Makes KU 2,095-810 all-time.
- The Jayhawks 61.1 three-point shooting percentage was their best in a league game this season and marked their second-highest percentage from three-point land this year (62.5 percent [15-of-24] vs. American on Dec. 29).
- KU has combined for 199 points in its last two games. This after scoring 215 points in its previous three contests. The Jayhawks’ previous high in two-consecutive games this season was 190 when they scored 90 against Colorado (Dec. 8) and 89 versus Belmont (Dec. 15).
- Kansas had players with back-to-back 30-point games for the first time since Danny Manning scored 30 and 37 against Oklahoma and Missouri on Feb. 24 and Feb. 27, 1988, respectively. Manning also had a 31-point performance on Feb. 20, 1988 versus Duke to mark the last three-game stretch where Kansas had a player score 30-points or more.
- The last time Kansas scored 90 or more points in two-consecutive Big 12 games occurred when the Jayhawks tallied 90 against Missouri (Feb. 4, 2008) and 100 versus Baylor (Feb. 9, 2008) in the 2007-08 season.
- The Jayhawks shot 56.7 percent from the field (34-of-60), which marked their best shooting performance in a Big 12 game this year.
- Kansas held the Mountaineers to just 32.8 percent (22-of-67) from the field, marking the fifth-straight game the Jayhawks have held their opponent under 40 percent shooting.
- After trailing for the first eight minutes of the first half, the Jayhawks went on a 28-13 run in the last 10:08 of the opening period to take a 45-31 lead into the locker room. KU held the Mountaineers to 4-of-21 shooting (19 percent) from the field in that span.
- Kansas’ 91 points were the most by a West Virginia opponent this season.
- The Jayhawks’ 29 assists were their most in a game this season and the most since KU dished out 30 against Towson on Nov. 11, 2011.
- KU’s 45-31 halftime lead marked the 12th time this season and fifth time in conference play the Jayhawks posted a double-digit lead at the intermission.
- Ben McLemore’s career-high 36-point game breaks Danny Manning’s freshman single-game scoring record 28 years to the day after Manning dropped 35-points on Oklahoma State March 2, 1985.
- McLemore’s 36 points also makes him the first freshman in Kansas history with three 30-plus point games in a season.
- McLemore has now scored 20 or more points in eight games this year with six of those coming inside Allen Fieldhouse.
- Senior C Jeff Withey scored 14 points and added 10 rebounds to notch his 12th double-double of the season and 18th of his career. Withey is now tied for 10th all-time with Paul Mokeski (1976-79) on the school double-double list.
- Withey notched his 24th game this season with two or more blocks and 10th game with five or more rejections.
- Senior G Elijah Johnson earned the third double-double of his career and second of the season with his 12 points and 10 assists.
- Johnson’s 10 assists tie his career high, which he recorded this season versus Iowa State on Jan. 11, 2013.
- After finishing the first half with two assists and three turnovers, Johnson went for eight assists and one turnover in the second half.
- Johnson is 9-of-14 from three-point range in his last two games, after going 7-of-30 in his previous six games.
- Kevin Young recorded three blocks, all of which came in the first half, to post a new career high.
- Young’s six points also moved the senior past 1,000 points for his career, with 658 at Loyola Marymount (2008-10) and 346 at Kansas (2011-2013) for a combined 1,004.