Top-Ranked Jayhawks Knock Off Radford, 99-64
Dec. 9, 2009
Freshman Johnson Records First Career Start
LAWRENCE, Kan. – –
Six Kansas players scored in double figures, including Sherron Collins and Cole Aldrich, who each tallied 15 points as the Jayhawks defeated Radford 99-64 Wednesday night in Allen Fieldhouse.
The win improved Kansas to 8-0 on the season and extended the nation’s longest home court winning streak to 47 games. The loss dropped Radford to 4-3.
The Jayhawks used a suffocating defense throughout the contest to get the better of the Highlanders. KU blanked the nation’s 13th-leading scorer in the first half, and held Radford to just 30.8 percent shooting in the opening period.
Freshman guard Elijah Johnson led the team in the first half with nine points on 3-of-5 shooting. Kansas pulled down nine offensive rebounds, forced 10 turnovers and held Radford to just 18 points in the initial 20 minutes of play.
The second half was more of the same as six Kansas players finished in double figures. Collins and Cole Aldrich finished with 15 points, Xavier Henry scored 13, Johnson and C.J. Henry recorded 11 each and Thomas Robinson chipped in 10.
Kansas shot 51 percent for the game, knocking down 36-of-74 shots. C.J. Henry led the team in three-pointers with three as the team made 9-of-16 from beyond the arc. In addition, KU shot 18-of-23 from the foul line.
Kansas dominated the Highlanders on the boards, outrebounding the visitors by a 44-29 margin and held a 20-5 edge in second-chance points. Aldrich led Kansas on the boards for the fourth-straight game with nine rebounds. Robinson added seven and Tyshawn Taylor five.
Collins dished a season-high eight assists, passing Mario Chalmers on the all-time assist list and tying Jeff Boschee for 11th.
Kansas will face La Salle at the Sprint Center in Kansas City on Saturday, Dec. 12. The game will tip-off at 1 p.m. and will be broadcast live on ESPN.