Kansas Leads Dayton 29-23 at Halftime in Minneapolis

March 22, 2009

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Kansas leads Dayton 29-23 at halftime in second round action of the 2009 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. The Jayhawks’ inside-outside duo of Sherron Collins and Cole Aldrich again are leading the charge with a combined 23 points.

Collins leads all scorers with 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting. Aldrich has nine points, 11 boards and four blocked shots at the break.

Dayton’s Chris Wright and Luke Fabrizius each have six points to lead the Flyers. Wright also has seven rebounds.

After Dayton scored the first bucket, Kansas went on an 11-0 run jumpstarted by the inside play of Aldrich who scored the Jayhawks’ first six points.

Focused on defending full court in an attempt to wear Kansas down, Dayton was unable to get into a flow offensively early on and missed 11 straight shots as Kansas built a 21-11 lead.

The Flyers started to find their rhythm offensively and were able to close the gap to two points with KU leading 23-21 with 5:09 left, but could not get over the hump and the Jayhawks lead at the break.

Overall, Kansas is shooting 36.4 percent on 12-of-33 shooting, while Dayton is making 22.5 percent of its shots on 9-of-40 shooting. On the boards, Kansas leads 29-28. Neither team has protected the ball particularly well with seven turnovers apiece.