Robinson Leads No. 1 Kansas To 103-45 Exhibition Victory Against Pittsburg State
Nov. 10, 2009
KU Freshman Robinson Rises to the Occasion
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Freshman Thomas Robinson scored a game-high 17 points to lead seven Jayhawks in double-figures, as Kansas raced to a 103-45 exhibition basketball victory against Pittsburg State Tuesday.
The victory was the second of the exhibition season for the No. 1-ranked Jayhawks, who defeated Fort Hays State 107-68 on Nov. 3. KU has now won 35 straight exhibition games dating back to 1995. KU is now 4-0 against Pittsburg State in exhibition games.
Robinson scored 10 of his points in the first half. He finished the game with seven rebounds, three blocks, two steals and one assist in 23 minutes of action.
All 12 Jayhawks who played in the game scored, as KU reached 100 points for the third straight exhibition game.
Pittsburg State was led by Rodney Grace and Spencer Magana, who each had 11 points.
Robinson, a 6-9, 230-pounder from Washington, D.C. was four of six shooting from the field in the opening half, as he scored 10 points in just eight minutes of play. He grabbed five of his seven rebounds in the second half.
Markieff Morris registered a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while his brother Marcus Morris came off the bench to score 14 points and grab eight rebounds.
The Jayhawks used their height advantage to control the boards with a 42-26 rebounding advantage and block eight shots. KU scored 54 points in the paint, compared to 14 by Pitt State.
KU shot 55.2 percent from the field, while holding the visitors to 36 percent.
KU’s starters combined to hit 21 of 33 shots from the field (63.6 percent), but the Jayhawk bench was effective scoring 46 points on the night. KU led by as many as 64 points late in the second half.
Kansas closed the first half on a 16-2 run in the final four minutes. Marcus Morris sparked the run with two free throws and back-to-back three-point plays, which included a thunderous dunk on a pass from Tyshawn Taylor with 2:28 left.
Thomas Robinson followed that with a dunk off a steal and the crowd once again erupted. The Jayhawks scored 22 points off 18 Pittsburg State turnovers in the first half.
Pitt State tied the game early at 9-9 on a strong Rodney Grace follow shot, but after KU led 20-14, it was Kansas the rest of the way in the half. Robinson scored back-to-back baskets, including a dunk on a pass from Taylor as KU went on an 11-0 run to lead 31-14.
Pitt State pulled within 39-19 before KU erupted for 14 straight points as part of a 35-7 run in the last half of the first period.
Kansas will open the regular season hosting Hofstra on Friday at 7:05 p.m. The game will be televised on Jayhawk Television.