Jayhawks Push Past Jackson State, 86-62
Dec. 6, 2008
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Sherron Collins’ team-leading 17 points helped Kansas push past Jackson State, 86-62, Saturday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse.
Collins shot 5-10 from three-point territory to lead the Jayhawks in scoring for the sixth time in eight games.
The Jayhawks have now won 30-straight home games and move to 7-1 on the season. The loss drops Jackson St. to 1-8 on the year.
Jackson State. remained competitive throughout much of the game which included three ties and three lead changes.
Eight-straight Tyrel Reed points spurred the Jayhawks on a 20-7 run to break open the game, a 68-49, KU lead with eight minutes remaining in the game.
Jackson State scored the game’s opening four points and led by as much as six, 10-4, with 16 minutes remaining. The Jayhawks then scored 17-consecutive points, featuring 11 points from Marcus and Markieff Morris, to take a 21-10 advantage with 11:28 left in the game.
However, Jackson State responded with a run of their own to claim a 26-25 lead with 4:10 left in the first half. The Jayhawks made a late push led by five Collins points to take a 36-31 advantage into the intermission.
The Tigers were led in scoring by Preseason SWAC Player of the Year, Grant Maxey, with 19 points.
Freshman point guard Tyshawn Taylor continued his steady play with a career-high 11 assists to go along with his 10 points. The 11 assists marks the most assists in a game for a freshman since Aaron Miles recorded 15 assists on March 9, 2002 against Texas Tech.
For the second-straight game the Jayhawks’ bench produced 40 points and today they outscored the Tigers bench, 40-16. Freshman Marcus Morris was the top-scoring reserve with 13 points. It was the first game Morris didn’t start since the Florida Gulf Coast contest.
Free-throw shooting continues to be a strength for the Jayhawks who shot 14-17 from the foul line, good for 82.4 percent. The Jayhawks have now shot 73.8 percent from the line for the year, which would break the single-season record of 73.3 percent set in the 1948-49 season.
No. 25 ranked-Kansas will next be in action on Dec. 13 when they travel to Kansas City, Mo. to take on Massachusetts at 1 p.m at the Sprint Center. It will mark the third game this season the Jayhawks have played at the Sprint Center after KU played two games at Sprint Center in the CBE Classic.