No. 1 Kansas Basketball Runs By Central Arkansas 94-44
Nov. 19, 2009
Reed Finds His Shooting Rhythm
LAWRENCE, Kan. – A 23-0 run in the first half lifted Kansas to a 37-15 halftime advantage and the No. 1 Jayhawks cruised from there to a 94-44 victory against Central Arkansas in men’s basketball action Thursday.
The Jayhawks improved to 3-0 while extending the nation’s longest home court winning streak to 43 straight games. Central Arkansas fell to 1-2.
Four Jayhawks scored 12 points apiece and 11 of the 13 players who saw action scored in the 50-point victory. Central Arkansas was led by Jared Rehmel, who scored 11 points on three of 12 shooting. No other Bear scored more than eight points.
Starters Marcus Morris, Xavier Henry and Sherron Collins all scored 12 points for KU, while Tyrel Reed came off the bench to throw in 12 points.
Reed, who was a combined zero of six shooting, including zero of five from three-point range in the first two games, hit four of five attempts, all from three-point range in his 18 minutes of play.
Freshman Thomas Robinson added eight points, a game-high 11 rebounds and a game-high tying three blocks in 18 minutes off the bench.
Cole Aldrich moved into KU’s top 10 on the career blocks list, passing Raef LaFrentz and Greg Dreiling for eighth place. Aldrich’s three blocks gave him 140 for his career.
Kansas dominated the game shooting 57 percent from the field to UCA’s 26 percent mark. KU turned the ball over just seven times, while forcing 19 Bears turnovers. KU also blocked eight shots. However, UCA out-rebounded Kansas 38-36, while grabbing nine offensive boards, which they turned into 12 points.
Central Arkansas scored the game’s first points, but after KU’s Henry hit a three-pointer to make it 5-2, it was all Jayhawks the rest of the way. UCA’s Rehmel hit a three-pointer at the 16:10 mark to pull the Bears within 8-5, but the visitors would not score again for the next 12 minutes.
The Bears missed 15 consecutive shots before Rehmel hit a layup at the 4:09 mark. By that time Kansas led 31-7. The Jayhawks showed a balanced attack as eight different players scored in the 23-0 run.
At halftime Sherron Collins led KU with seven points. KU’s bench had outscored UCA’s team in the first period 16-15. The Jayhawks held the Bears to 19 percent shooting and forced 10 turnovers. UCA out-rebounded KU 21-19 in the first period.
Kansas will host a pair of home games next week, facing Oakland on Wednesday, Nov. 25 and Tennessee Tech on Friday, Nov. 27. Both games tipoff at 7 p.m. and will be televised on the Jayhawk Network.