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Kansas defeats Temple, 69-62

  • 3:30 p.m., Jan. 6, 2013
  • Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, KS

FINAL: KU rallies in second half to knock off Temple, 69-62

By Matt Tait.

Unlike so many games before it in which the Jayhawks drubbed good opponents at Allen Fieldhouse, Sunday's 69-62 victory against Temple was a dog fight from start to finish.

The Jayhawks built a lead of as many as 11 points in the first half but Temple refused to go away and actually spent several minutes in the second half playing with the lead.

But when the game was on the line, KU seniors Kevin Young and Jeff Withey came up big on both ends of the floor. Travis Releford, who sat for most of the second half with four fouls and eventually fouled out, also buried a three-pointer that put KU up seven with just over a minute to play.

Withey finished with eight points, 11 rebounds and nine blocks, and Young chipped in with another high-energy, high-output game, finishing with 16 points and 10 rebounds to push the Jayhawks to 12-1 on the season.

Temple turned the ball over just three times and was led by 26 points from Khalif Wyatt, who tallied 17 of those in the second half, including 11 straight at one point.

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

The game turned when: KU senior and designated defensive stopper Travis Releford picked up his fourth foul at the 15:32 mark of the second half. With Releford on the bench, Temple took control, but the Jayhawks overcame Releford's absence and earned the hard-fought victory in the final minutes with the senior starter back on the floor.

Offensive highlight: With Temple leading by three and KU struggling on the offensive end, Elijah Johnson fired a high pass to Ben McLemore, who got a nice back screen from Kevin Young and rose high above Temple's Anthony Lee and Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson to throw down the alley-oop and pull the Jayhawks to within one point, 46-45, with 11:49 to play.

Defensive highlight: Although Ben McLemore's first-half blocked shot, which he caught with both forearms, might have been the most athletic defensive play, it was the red-shirt freshman's steal and two-handed, double-pump dunk that put the Jayhawks ahead 58-57 with 2:45 to play that seemed to be the most significant defensive play of the day for Kansas.

Key stat: Turnovers. The Owls committed just four turnovers the entire game (including just two in the second half), and the Jayhawks gave the ball away 14 times.

Up next: The Jayhawks will kick off the Big 12 portion of their schedule Wednesday when they take on Iowa State at 6 p.m. at Allen Fieldhouse.

Box score

Join the post game discussion

Live coverage (Ended January 6, 2013 at 5:49 p.m.)

Darin Bradley

This game was more about us not executing than Temple holding us down.

Duane Rice in reply to Jayhawk470

You sound like my Dad:)

Jmfitz85

ON TO SEATTLE AND WASHINGTON ... RG3 LOOKING LEGIT!

Jayhawk470

Kansas beat two teams today - a dangerous Temple team and a corrupt team of officials.

Duane Rice in reply to Jim Dickerson

WHAT?

Jaybate

Don't recall seeing so many horrible plays by so many players down the stretch of a game by a Bill Self team. But these guys would turn around and then make a great play to follow it up. Very strange game.

fansincewilt

Rough game - no injuries; good result.

Mark Hopkins in reply to Brooksmd

will make us a tougher team com march!

Jaybate

Jeff was one immensely tough cookie today.

Jim Dickerson in reply to Duane Rice

It's nice toFU (according to u) AND STILL WIN BY 7

Jaybate

This game proves that our guards can't handle pressure from guys their own size. Fortunately they won't see many their size until the 8 in the tourney.

Jason Wilson

Withey almost had another triple-double... 1 block 2 pts away from it

fansincewilt

Down low our guys need to remember they must see the ball and see their man.

Darin Bradley

Good test. Glad it was at home.

Jaybate in reply to Duane Rice

Self just told them to go win one today.

He didn't even help them a little until 7 to go.

Cshjhawk

Won't want to see them this March!

Duane Rice

I do think HCBS game plan was all wrong.

Jmfitz85 in reply to fansincewilt

AND LUCK

Brooksmd in reply to Mark Hopkins

I don't need games like this.

fansincewilt

We learned something about the Jayhawks today. They do have heart.

Mark Hopkins

We need games like this. God knows we won't get many like this from the Big 12 this year!

Lajayhawk

Withey, 8 points, 11 boards, 9 blocks.

Brooksmd in reply to Wissoxfan83

We wave the cane down here.

Mom_of_three in reply to Jesse Newell

those calls were pretty amazing. veteran officiating crew - sssuuurrreee.

Joshua Hatcher

Rock Chalk closeout hawks!

Duane Rice in reply to Maxjay

I read that. That is what Philly writers do that was a Jinx.

Aircapjay

Outstanding!

Darin Bradley

Rock Chalk

Wissoxfan83

Sweet! Wave the wheat. See you next time, thanks Jesse

Melrank

Rock Chalk - tough one to grind out. Good win, fellas!

Been fun - see ya'll next game! Thanks, Jesse!

Duane Rice

I feel better.

Kent Wells

Whew.... Survive and advance type of game...

Jaybate

Need a trey

Kc Ticketguy

game

FINAL
Temple 62
Kansas 69

Jesse Newell

KU with a strong closeout to take the victory.

Lajayhawk

ROCK CHALK

Winning ugly.

Maxjay

Ben Kane

rockchalk boys!

Darin Bradley

Play till the horn boys

Mom_of_three

whew!

Brooksmd

Exclamation point!

Mark Hopkins

Temple Toast!

Brad Miller

effin' A!!!!!!

Melrank

Well that was unexpected.

Lajayhawk

That's one way to end it....

Jmfitz85

ICING!

Lajayhawk

Dude, BMac... just take the foul. You shoot 85%.....

Kent Wells in reply to Marc Frey

Nice!

Maxjay

Do I hear the Rock chalk chant?

Mom_of_three

i think we need some new announcing blood.

Marc Frey in reply to Kent Wells

Missery has to win a game first

Cshjhawk

Refs were tough on the Hawks!

Jaybate

Big time stupid play by trav

Wissoxfan83

I need to get one of them HDTV's because on my screen I thought he tripped him

Kent Wells in reply to Ben Kane

And we would play Missouri in the next round and then UNC...

Maxjay in reply to Jesse Newell

Haha..

Mark Hopkins

what a bs call!

Brad Miller

Releford gets more tickytack crap calls than any player I've ever seen

Jmfitz85

THE DUMMY TRIPPED ...

Duane Rice in reply to Pepper_bar

So your a OU football fan and a KU basketball fan

Lajayhawk in reply to Brooksmd

Nice.

Melrank

Show a replay for goodness sakes

Ben Kane in reply to Kent Wells

yes i do.

Darin Bradley

Tripped over his own feet and we get the whistle. Incredible!

Brooksmd

Ghost foul on Ghost?

Jmfitz85

WTF WAS THAT

Lajayhawk

We've CRUSHED IT on the foul line today. VERY IMPRESSIVE.

Jesse Newell in reply to Maxjay

Fitting he fouls out on a phantom call as well. Two or three were like that.

Ben Kane

that's a weak foul lol

Jaybate

Need 5 lousy points!!!

Kent Wells in reply to Ben Kane

But you know how the committee works!

Mom_of_three

whoosh

Pepper_bar in reply to Justin Daniel

I grew up with the Jayhawks, Okla.

Maxjay

Fitting Releford is finishing up..

Melrank

GHOST is STEADY

00:20 left in Second Half
Temple 60
Kansas 67

Jesse Newell

Releford makes both.

Maxjay in reply to Ben Kane

Murphys law..we may see them in NCAA Tourny..haha

Jmfitz85 in reply to Ben Kane

AGREED HAHA

Mom_of_three

lets make these

Ben Kane

i would rather not see temple again this year.

Oklahawk58

Hard getting excited about a win against Temple, but this is a quality opponent. Watch out for them in March.

Jesse Newell

Releford will shoot two.

Jmfitz85

IN BOUND BALL ... KEEP POSSESSION ... HIT FREE THROWS

Justin Daniel in reply to Pepper_bar

Why are you watching our conversation? If you're not a fan leave the message board.

Jaybate

Very poor inbound try

Maxjay

ROCK Chalk !

Darin Bradley

Good to see Ghost unafraid to step up and take the big shot. Never hesitated. Love it

Melrank

It seems like we don't always get the inbounds in very easily in these situations.

Jedipimp

class. class. class.

Duane Rice

We struggle closing out games. AND STAY CLASSY LAWRENCE.

Mom_of_three

ball handlers in?

Lonnie Ross Dillon

1 basket and one block from another triple double for JW

Jaybate

Come on get my 10, aw a win is ok

Brad Miller

Greg Anthony said; Is that gonna be the dagger?" I say yes!

Joshua Hatcher

Did everyone get super excited to know that was heading inside again for a potential block? lol

Wissoxfan83

This is why I don't panic until the last minute of a game.

Lajayhawk

Um... FYI, Withey is 2 points and 1 block away from ANOTHER TRIPLE DOUBLE..... just FYI....

Maxjay in reply to Jesse Newell

Wait...its still a two possession game...

Jmfitz85 in reply to Lajayhawk

AND YES ... I DID HAHA

00:24 left in Second Half
Temple 60
Kansas 65

Jesse Newell

Withey up to eight points, 10 rebounds and nine blocks.

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