Kansas Basketball Wins School Record 63rd Straight Home Game, 82-41 vs. TAMU-CC
Nov. 23, 2010
Transitional Offensive the Key to Kansas’ Success
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Two big runs, a strong defensive effort, hot shooting and a balanced unselfish offensive night helped No. 7 Kansas to an 82-41 men’s basketball victory against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Tuesday night.
The victory was KU’s 63rd straight home win, establishing a school record, and extending the nation’s longest active home winning streak. The last time the Jayhawks lost in Allen Fieldhouse was against Texas A&M, Feb. 3, 2007.
KU improved to 4-0 on the year, while Texas A&M-Corpus Christi dropped to 1-4. The Jayhawks were led offensively by Thomas Robinson, whose 15 points were one shy of his career high. Three other Jayhawks reached double-figures as Marcus Morris scored 12 points and Mario Little and Travis Releford added 11 points apiece. Releford’s total was a career-high.
The visiting Islanders were led by a trio of players who each scored seven points in Demond Watt, Justin Reynolds and Jaamon Echols.
Kansas forced its will on TAMU-CC shooting 60 percent from the field and forcing the visitors into 16 turnovers and 31 percent shooting. KU scored 50 points in the paint and out-rebounded the visitors 38-29. KU also recorded 10 blocked shots by eight different players.
Leading 42-17 to begin the second half, Kansas saw TAMU-CC score five straight points to open the final period – the first time the Islanders put together more than two points in a row to that point. KU responded by going on an 18-0 run to lead 60-22 with 11:30 remaining in the game. From there KU cruised to the victory as nine different Jayhawks scored at least five points.
Tyshawn Taylor handed out nine assists, while Elijah Johnson dished out seven as KU recorded 26 assists on its 35 baskets.
After making just two of their first six shots and being tied 4-4 at the first media timeout, the Jayhawks went on a tear. KU made nine straight field goals during a stretch of making 16 of 18 shots to key a 35-9 run to build a 39-13 lead.
KU registered eight dunks in the first half with each of its first five dunks from five different players and its last three dunks coming in a one-minute span to cap the decisive run.
KU scored 28 points in the paint with 18 coming on fast-break opportunities as the Jayhawks shot 70 percent (19 of 27) in the half. Meanwhile the KU defense held the visitors to just 32 percent shooting and forced 11 turnovers in the first 20 minutes.
Kansas will head to Las Vegas, Nev. to take on Ohio Friday and Arizona Saturday as the last two games of the iBN Sports Las Vegas Invitational. The Ohio game will be televised on Jayhawk TV at 7 p.m., while the Arizona contest will be shown on ESPN2 at 9:30 p.m. KU’s next home game will be Thursday, Dec. 2 when the Jayhawks host UCLA at 8 p.m.