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Kansas defeats San Jose State, 70-57

  • 8 p.m., Nov. 26, 2012
  • Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, KS

FINAL: Jeff Withey's triple-double leads KU to 70-57 victory over San Jose State

By Matt Tait

Senior Jeff Withey recorded a triple-double, and the Kansas University men's basketball team needed every bit of the center's 16 points, 12 rebounds and 12 blocks to hold off San Jose State, 70-57.

Withey got into all aspects of the game early in this one. By halftime, he had six points, four rebounds and six blocks, and he picked up the triple-double with an emphatic block of SJSU's Xavier Jones with just under eight minutes to play in the second half.

While Withey was recording stats at will, the Jayhawks were adding to an eight-point halftime lead that was trimmed to six in the opening seconds of the second half. KU responded with an 18-0 run to push its lead to 24, but then went ice cold and watched James Kinney (30 points) and the Spartans rip off a 16-0 run to get back within eight with 5:16 remaining.

KU (5-1) got some much-needed points at the free throw line and SJSU (2-3) cooled off as the two raced to the finish line.

Here's a quick look back at some of the action.

The game turned when: Kansas responded to a three-pointer from SJSU guard D.J. Brown with 4:13 to play in the first half with a 9-1 run that more than doubled the Jayhawks' lead, from 31-24 to 40-25, in less than three minutes. That gave the Jayhawks a little separation and an 18-0 run to open the second half gave them a more comfortable margin.

Offensive highlight: This one came right at the end, as Ben McLemore picked up a lead pass after another block by Withey and rocked home a windmill jam that brought the house down. Until that point, the other big rim-rattler of the night came right off the bat as Elijah Johnson controlled the opening tip from Jeff Withey and quickly threw a lob over the top to a high-flying McLemore to give KU a stylish 2-0 lead at the 19:49 mark of the first half.

Defensive highlight: This one was not so much a single highlight as it was a collection of them. Withey showed he was ready to block some shots early on, as he had six blocks in the first half and four in the game's first 10 minutes.

Key stat: In the first half, KU held the Spartans to just 31-percent shooting. That number included a 3-for-9 clip from three-point land, though, and the Jayhawks actually blocked more SJSU two-point field goal attempts (eight) than the Spartans made (seven) in the game's opening 20 minutes.

Up next: The Jayhawks will return to Kansas City, Mo., site of their recent CBE Classic title, on Friday to take on Oregon State at 7 p.m. at Sprint Center.

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jaycon11 9 years ago

Needs to work on his free throws. And shave once a week.

jaycon11 9 years ago

Wilt Withey should be his new name.

DanR 9 years ago

Hats off to the Kinney kid. He earned those 30 points.

But Withey is THE MAN.

jaycon11 9 years ago

The team was caught sleepwalking once the result was in sight. So what? It happens to every team, now and then. Better it happen in November that in March...

Laps will be run tomorrow!

MrPilot 9 years ago

The end result of the game was never in doubt. Only the final margin.

jaycon11 9 years ago

coulda shoulda woulda. put that in one hand and poop in the other and see which one fills faster. the end result wasn't in doubt. the other team never cracked 3 possessions of getting the lead. it's one thing to come back. it's another to overcome. i wasn't worried, and i worry abt these things when it's realistic.

MrPilot 9 years ago

Congratulations to Jeff on his Triple Double! w00t! w00t!

Rock Chalk Jayhawk!

riverdrifter 9 years ago

KU is over-rated at no. 10 ATTM. They should be around no. 15-20. This will improve as time goes on, though, I think. NINE points from the bench. Yeech.

Darshana Benhur 9 years ago

Who holds the record for most blocks in a single season at KU and most blocks in their career? and how many blocks?

Eric J. Baker 9 years ago

I believe on the broadcast they said Withey set the single season blocks record for KU last season with 140.

BillSelf4Prez 9 years ago

Just heard Peters is leaving at the end of the semester because of health issues. Is this true??

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