Tyshawn Taylor Scores Season-High 18 Points As No. 1 KU Rolls 112-75

Nov. 27, 2009

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LAWRENCE, Kan. – Tyshawn Taylor scored 13 of his team-high and season-high 18 points in the first half to lead No. 1 Kansas to a 112-75 victory against visiting Tennessee Tech on Friday.

The Jayhawks improved to 5-0 for the third time in the seven-year Bill Self era, while Tennessee Tech fell to 3-4.

Taylor finished the night hitting seven of nine shots from the field, including three of four from three-point range as he recorded double-figure points for the first time this year. His previous scoring best this year was eight against Hofstra in the season opener.

Four other Jayhawks scored in double-figures, including Xavier Henry, who had 15 points, five assists and four steals in 22 minutes and Cole Aldrich, who recorded a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

The Golden Eagles were led by Frank Davis, who scored 23 points. Zach Bailey added 16, while Byron Pickens chipped in nine points and 10 rebounds.

KU’s other double-figure scorers included Sherron Collins, who scored 12 points, and Markeiff Morris, who put in 11 points off the bench, hitting all four of his field goal attempts, including two three-pointers.

KU’s 112 points were its most since defeating Emporia State 113-61 early in the 2003 season. KU has already scored 100 points in two of its first five games this year, as the Jayhawks opened the season with 101 points against Hofstra.

On the night KU shot 60 percent from the field and had 29 assists on its 40 baskets. The Jayhawks drained 14 of 25 three-pointers with the 14 makes tying for the fourth-most in school history (school record is 16 at Baylor in 2005).

The Jayhawks recorded nine blocks, including four each by Aldrich and Thomas Robinson. Tech hit just 39 percent of its shots, but made six of 11 threes and 15 of 19 free throws.

Kansas was never threatened in the second half, as 13 different players saw action, including sophomore walkon Jordan Juenemann, who made the first two baskets of his career, including a three-pointer en route to six points in just two minutes of play.

With the Jayhawks leading 18-9, KU went on a 9-0 run to lead 27-9. Tennessee Tech responded immediately with a run of eight straight points, causing KU head coach Bill Self to call timeout and substitute five new players onto the court.

On his next possession, KU scored when Connor Teahan put in a reverse layup to push the lead back to 29-17. The visitors would not go away pulling within 34-26, but Aldrich’s follow dunk and an alley-oop pass and dunk from Collins to Henry sparked the Jayhawks for the rest of the half.

KU closed the first stanza by scoring 11 straight points en route to a 53-31 advantage at the break.

Kansas will return to action hosting Alcorn State on Wednesday, Dec. 2. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.