KU coach Bill Self talks about what went right during Saturday night's convincing victory over Belmont.
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Four KU players reached double figures, including 17 apiece from Ben McLemore and Travis Releford, as Kansas improved to 8-1 with a dominant, 89-60 home victory over out-manned Belmont.
Ben McLemore missed just once, Travis Releford just three times and Andrew White III and Jeff Withey joined them in double figures to lead the Kansas University men’s basketball team to a dominant 89-60 victory against visiting Belmont on Saturday night.
McLemore finished 6-of-7 from the floor, including 4-of-5 from three-point range and Releford just could not stop dunking as he finished 6-of-9 and tied with McLemore for the team scoring lead.
Withey hit 5-of-10 shots and finished with 14 points and White logged legitimate minutes and added 15 points, on 6-of-8 shooting, including 3-of-5 from downtown.
Kevin Young, in another start, delivered eight points and a team-best six rebounds. Johnson, McLemore, Releford and Traylor all picked up five boards.
The Jayhawks led by more than 40 points at one point and were able to check the famed “red team” into the game with three minutes remaining.
Here’s a quick look back at some of the action.
• The game turned when: Kansas responded to Belmont bringing the lead within six (27-21) with a 17-7 run to close the first half. Ben McLemore made sure the Jayhawks went into the locker room on a high note with a slam dunk over Blake Jenkins as the buzzer sounded. McLemore was fouled, hit the free throw and KU led 44-28 at the break.
• Offensive highlight: With 9:17 to play in the first half, sophomore point guard Naadir Tharpe chased down his own miss, gathered himself, attacked the paint and threw a perfect over-the-shoulder lob to Jeff Withey who slammed it home to give KU a 23-12 lead.
• Defensive highlight: Let’s give this one to Kevin Young for his steal with 14:38 to play in the game that started a two-on-one break with Travis Releford and led to an and-one conversion from Releford on the other end. Young was active against a dribbler at the top of the key and then hustled after the loose ball to force the action.
• Key stat: How about three-point shooting.... Belmont can be a giant killer when it’s hitting the outside shot. Not only were the Bruins missing, but the Jayhawks were on fire. KU finished 10-of-21 from downtown (47.6 percent) while Belmont hit 8-of-38 (21.1 percent) from three-point range.
• Up next: The Jayhawks will take on Richmond, Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 6 p.m. at Allen Fieldhouse.