Members of Kansas University’s 1952 NCAA title team were honored at halftime of Saturday’s KU-Oklahoma State game. Those in attendance: players Bill Heitholt, Bill Hougland, Al Kelley, Bob Kenney, Bill Lienhard and Clyde Lovellette, plus manager Wayne Louderback.
Elijah Johnson admits it was nice to see his shot go down a few times during Saturday’s game. Still, the Kansas University junior guard says his offense isn’t his focus.
The blank stares on their faces as they ran to the locker room said it all. Sure, Oklahoma State’s men’s basketball team had made the trip to Lawrence for Saturday’s match-up with No. 7 Kansas University, but, when the final horn sounded, the Cowboys were left scratching their heads about their failure to show up during the first half of Saturday’s 81-66 loss.
It’s inaccurate to say that nothing can boost the confidence of a college basketball player coming off a scoreless game in a tough loss more than a 25-point road outburst against the nation’s sixth-ranked team.
Kansas coach Bill Self talks to reporters following the Jayhawks' 81-66 victory over Oklahoma State on Feb. 11, 2012.
Jeff Withey contributed 18 points, 20 rebounds and seven blocks, leading the Kansas men's basketball team to an 81-66 victory over Oklahoma State on Saturday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse.
Withey's previous career-high for rebounds was 13 this year against Long Beach State. The junior had 11 points and 11 rebounds at halftime.
KU was efficient offensively in the first half, making 63 percent of its field goals (19 of 30) to open up a 51-24 halftime lead.
The Jayhawks' second half was sloppier, as KU turned it over 11 times in the final 20 minutes and also made just 11 of 32 shots (34 percent).
Thomas Robinson added 24 points and 14 rebounds, while Tyshawn Taylor (12), Elijah Johnson (11) and Travis Releford (10) also hit double figures.
KU (20-5, 10-2 Big 12) will play at Kansas State at 8 p.m. Monday.