Dec. 13, 2008
Massachusetts 61, No. 23 Kansas 60
Dec. 13, 2008 – Kansas City, Mo.
– Drops KU to 7-2 this season, with both losses coming in the same building
– Gives UMass its second-straight win of the series. Kansas still leads the all-time series 3-2
– Makes Kansas head coach Bill Self 149-34 at Kansas and 356-139 overall
– Ends KU’s fourth-longest home winning streak at 30 games
– Gives KU its second-straight loss at the Sprint Center, dropping it to 5-2 at the two-year old venue
– Makes Kansas 190-76 all-time in games played in Kansas City
– The Jayhawks started Sherron Collins, Brady Morningstar, Tyshawn Taylor, Marcus Morris and Cole Aldrich for the fifth time this season, and first time since the New Mexico State game on Dec. 3.
– In the first half, UMass scored 12 consecutive points, and 22 of 26 points scored during a 5:38 stretch late in the half.
– The Minutemen led the Jayhawks 32-18 at the 3:17 mark of the half, KU’s largest deficit of the season.
– The last time KU trailed at half in a home game was Feb. 5, 2006 against Oklahoma, when the Sooners led 29-26 at the break in that game.
– Kansas was held over seven minutes without a field goal. Brady Morningstar’s three-point basket at 9:38 gave KU a 14-10 lead. The Jayhawks did not make another field goal until Tyrel Reed’s three cut the deficit to 34-23 at 2:22 of the half.
– Starting with Reed’s three-point basket at 2:22, the Jayhawks scored 10 consecutive points, and 12 of the final 16 of the first half to close within six.
– UMass’ 36-30 halftime lead marked the first time KU has trailed at the half this season, and first time since the Big 12 Championship game against Texas that the Jayhawks have had a deficit entering the second half.
– It was KU’s largest halftime deficit since it trailed Texas 54-42 after one half in the 2007 Big 12 Championship game.
– Kansas shot under 40 percent for the game (21-for-62) for the first time since shooting 38 percent at USC on Dec. 2, 2007.
– Kansas’ field goal percentage of 33.9 percent was the lowest since the team shot 32.1 percent against K-State on Jan. 14, 2006 – a 59-55 Wildcat win.
– Sophomore Cole Aldrich scored 12 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to record his fifth double-double of the season, and sixth of his career.
– Junior Sherron Collins’ 38 minutes played is the most in a regulation game by a Jayhawk this season.
– UMass forward Tony Gaffney’s six blocked shots were the most by a Kansas opponent since Texas’ Kevin Durant had six blocks on March 11, 2007.
– Gaffney’s 11 defensive rebounds are the most by a KU opponent since Kalen Grimes pulled down 11 for Missouri on Jan. 15, 2006.
– KU set season lows in points (60), points in a half (30), field goals (21), field goal percentage (33.9), defensive rebounds (23).
– The Jayhawks tied season-lows in turnovers (10), blocked shots (three).