Robinson Scores Career High To Lead Kansas Basketball To 82-57 Win Vs. Texas-Arlington Wednesday
Dec. 29, 2010
Robinson Remains Modest After Career Night
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas sophomore Thomas Robinson responded to making his second career start by scoring a career-best 20 points and adding a game-high 10 rebounds to lead No. 3 Kansas to an 82-57 win vs. Texas-Arlington in men’s basketball action Wednesday night.
The Jayhawks improved to 12-0 on the season while winning their nation-best 66th consecutive home game. UTA fell to 5-6 while losing its fifth straight game.
Robinson hit eight of 10 shots and grabbed six offensive rebounds in 24 minutes of play. He bested his previous scoring high of 16 vs. Longwood in this year’s season opener. His 10 rebounds were one shy of his career best and marked the fifth time this year he pulled down 10 boards.
Markieff Morris scored 14 points while brother Marcus came off the bench to add 13. Elijah Johnson matched his career-best with 11 points, while handing out five assists. Johnson drained three of four three-pointers.
UTA was led by Bo Ingram who scored 20 points. Cameron Catlett was the only other Maverick in double figures with 10 points.
Kansas used runs of 15-2 and 14-2 in the second half to pull away from the Mavericks, who hung close until then.
UTA cut an eight-point halftime deficit to five at 40-35 before the Jayhawks went on their first run of the period to make it 55-37. UTA pulled within 58-46, but KU responded with a 14-2 spurt to make it 72-48 before cruising to the victory.
After shooting 50 percent or better from the field in each of its first eight games, KU did not make more than half of its shots in any of the last three games. KU reached that mark against UTA hitting 50.9 percent, including 55.2 percent in the decisive second half.
KU out-rebounded UTA 41-25 and held the visitors to 42.9 percent shooting, including 38.7 percent in the second half.
Head coach Bill Self fooled with his starting lineup as three Jayhawks made their first season starts in Josh Selby, Johnson and Robinson.
The game started with UTA striking first with a three-pointer. Kansas then scored nine straight points on three dunks by Robinson, Johnson and Markieff Morris and a three-pointer by Tyrel Reed and appeared to be in control.
However, UTA quickly tied the game at nine after going four minutes between points. UTA took an 18-13 lead midway through the half before the Jayhawks went on a 15-2 run to lead 28-20.
KU built up a 10-point lead at 32-22 when Robinson followed his own miss. The Jayhawks took a 36-28 lead into the break behind a balanced offensive effort which featured three players scoring six points and two others scoring five.
Kansas will host Miami (Ohio) on Jan. 2. That game will be televised on ESPNU with tipoff slated for 5 p.m.