Taylor Feels Right at Home in Sprint Center

Dec. 12, 2010

KANSAS CITY, Mo. –

It wasn’t quite Allen Fieldhouse, but senior Tyshawn Taylor sure felt like it was Saturday night against Colorado State.

“I love playing in the Sprint Center,” Taylor said. “It’s like a home away from home for us.”

Taylor and his teammates treated the Kansas City court like their own in their 76-55 victory over Colorado State. For Taylor, his 12-points were good enough for a tie for the team lead with Markieff Morris and his six assists were four more than any Jayhawk had all night.

“I was just trying to take what the defense gave me and be solid for my team,” Taylor said.

His solid play was just what his teammates needed after junior Marcus Morris went down early in the first half with an ankle injury. Taylor chipped in during Morris’ absence with four points, two assists and one rebound.

“I actually didn’t see him (Marcus) get hurt, I just saw him laying down,” said Taylor. “Coach (Self) said it was pretty bad, but when he came back out there I was happy to see it wasn’t real bad.”

After his teammate’s return to the line-up, Taylor continued to contribute, dishing out three more assists, blocking two shots and scoring four points. The guard also finished the night 5-for-6 from the free throw line.

“I think I did a pretty good job,” Taylor said. “Defensively I fell asleep a few times and guys got open shots, but I think overall I played pretty good.”

Playing that well at the Sprint Center is a reoccurring theme for the senior as he netted 10-points and dished out a team high six assists in last year’s 90-65 win over La Salle in the same building.

Taylor now has a week to reflect on his impressive night in KC as he and the rest of the Jayhawks prepare for finals and eventually USC, who they will take on next Saturday, Dec. 18 at Allen Fieldhouse.