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Kansas defeats Georgetown, 75-70

  • 6 p.m., Dec. 10, 2014
  • Verizon Center, Washington, DC

Jayhawks survive Hoyas in D.C.

By Matt Tait ---- mtait@ljworld.com

In what was equal parts sloppy, spectacular and wildly enteraining, the Kansas University men's basketball team traveled to Washington D.C. on Wednesday night and came away with a 75-70 victory over a scrappy Georgetown team.

The victory improved 10th-ranked KU to 7-1 overall this season and dropped the Hoyas to 5-3.

Kansas built a 13-point first-half lead and saw it shrink to two by halftime. That set the stage for a back-and-forth second half in which KU always seemed to maintain the upper hand. A big reason for that was the smooth shooting of Brannen Greene, who hit a career-best five three-pointers and finished with 19 points to help KU secure the victory.

Georgetown center Joshua Smith was a load for the Jayhawks to handle all night and he finished with 20 points. But KU drilled some timely jump shots and played tough defense at key moments to hold off Smith and the Hoyas.

Here’s a quick look back at some of the action:

• The game turned when: Greene hit back-to-back three-pointers early in the second half that turned a Georgetown lead into a game that KU controlled the rest of the way. The Hoyas never went away and it certainly was not easy for KU, but had Greene not hit those shots when he did, you got the sense that the Hoyas may have been moving toward building a pretty substantial lead.

• Offensive highlight: After a hard drive to the rim on the left side by Frank Mason III, the KU guard's runner bounced off the rim and missed. Cliff Alexander came charging down the lane and slapped the ball out of mid-air while hanging above everyone on the floor and the tap fell through to put Kansas up 24-13 with just over eight minutes to play in the first half. It wasn't as loud as Alexander's vicious dunks but it may have been more impressive as he showcased his athleticism and high motor to pick up the not-so-easy bucket. Alexander is so much more than just a big body. Of course, the back-to-back Greene three-pointers in the second half were highlight-worthy themselves.

• Defensive highlight: Moments after Perry Ellis had a shot at the rim rejected, Devonté Graham, who had just checked into the game for the first time, picked up one of his two steals on the night by picking the pocket of Georgetown's L.J. Peak in transition. The quick turnaround led to two points on the other end for the Jayhawks and showed, yet again, just how disruptive Graham can be defensively for this team. Later on, Alexander delivered a big-time block from behind Georgetown's Mikael Hopkins, who thought he had an easy layup. The block preserved a four-point KU lead with around five minutes to play.

• Key stat: Take your pick – free-throw shooting, three-point shooting or turnovers. The first two were the only reason the Jayhawks won the game and the last one was the reason they nearly didn't. KU hit 25 of 32 from the free-throw line, 10 of 17 from three-point range and turned it over 17 times. Luckily for Kansas, Georgetown turned it over just as many times and hit five fewer three-pointers.

• Up next: The Jayhawks return to the area this weekend and will take on Utah at 2:15 p.m. at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. The game will be shown on ESPN. The Utes are off to one of the best starts in school history and figure to be yet another solid challenge in a stretch of tough games for Kansas.

Box score

Join the post game discussion

Bwag in reply to Rodney Crain

Understand, but knock on him has been against Long & Athletic...this wasn't necessarily L&A but it was some size and he battled hard instead of disappearing. That is huge in my book. That type of intensity will help immensily against Tx

Melrank

Kevin O'Neill just predicted us to finish "2nd or 3rd" in conference. I don't like him now and hope he stays banished on Fox Sports One forever.

Bwag

Fox sports calls Big 12 for Texas...don't know that I can say differently, but I hope not.

Brian Mellor

Foo, that was intense.

Micky Baker

This game showed something. The guys have gained some mental toughness. They shot well from the outside too. 10-17. If we get that outside shot going... look out.

Rodney Crain in reply to Melrank

mercy...... me too

Melrank

Greene getting all sorts of serious love on the post game. Good for him!

Craig Colgin in reply to Melrank

Self is not that simple lol

Melrank

Not sure when we do this again, but I'm looking forward to it. Thanks everyone at LJW! Rock Chalk!

Rodney Crain in reply to Melrank

LOL

Melrank

I was holding my breath that Self didn't say something about Mason being as good as Sherron :)

Rodney Crain in reply to Rodney Crain

Played way to much, sorry

Rodney Crain

Interesting Self saying Perry played well too much tonight.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Brannen Greene leads KU with 19 points off bench, hits 5/5 from 3, 4/4 at foul line.

Craig Colgin

Good road win for early december. Post is still very weak though. Work to do

Rodney Crain in reply to Bwag

toughness ok, but his shooting was horrible.

Melrank

I know it's frustrating when we don't play up to our potential all the time - or worse yet just go comatose at times. But, we just won a TOUGH road game against a good team. We're going to be a good team before this season is over. The question is: Can we learn to deal with huge size from our opponent?

Bwag

Kristen, glad Vegas was wrong

Rodney Crain

We had the better player tonight. A tough W on a night we did not play our best. Nice win guys!

Bwag in reply to Rodney Crain

I really like what I saw out of Ellis tonight. Toughest I've seen him play.

Joe Ross

Good game, good win.

FINAL
Kansas 75
Georgetown 70

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Rodney Crain in reply to Benton Smith

not tonight

Joe Ross

How many does Greene have?

Bryan Swan

Gritty win Jayhawks...

Rodney Crain in reply to Melrank

I really like popcorn too!

Bwag

I'm calling this a win... A Great win

Melrank

CHANT

Rodney Crain

Greene is man of the match!!!

Melrank

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Joe Ross in reply to Melrank

Hes 100% from the line this year I think.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Anyone surprised Brannen Greene makes both FTs with 15.3 left?

Rodney Crain

Great Road Test for us!

Lawkan

TCU is the only unbeaten Big XII team. Who called that?

Bwag

At the end of the year, a win is a win

Melrank

Greene was the designated FT shooter on that inbounds?

Bwag

FT's to seal

Melrank in reply to Joe Ross

Pride Smide

00:17 left in Second Half
Kansas 71
Georgetown 67

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Kristen Downing

Score?

Rodney Crain

Got the call right it was smith.

Bwag

for the record, not celebrating an injury. But that said, Embiid out last year for Stanford isn't comforting

Melrank

Well that was better and the answer became obvious.

Lawkan

Svi played what 3 minutes tonight?

Joe Ross in reply to Melrank

Pride still matters.

Melrank

Nice camera work there Fox Sports. Not.

Bwag in reply to Joe Ross

We're down Traylor even if it was stupidity versus a sprain.

Melrank in reply to Joe Ross

Yep, but style points are worthless.

Rolland Remmert

mason playing like a freshman

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Frank Mason misses 1st FT with 26.7 seconds left. Hits 2nd. KU up 71-67.

Joe Ross

...but wouldnt you feel better if we beat them and they were at full strength?

Bwag in reply to Joe Ross

Me either, but to celebrate Greene covering a back door cut and get him running hard...Don't have a problem with that...anything that happened incidental.

Joe Ross in reply to Melrank

LOL

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff in reply to Melrank

We called it!

Melrank in reply to Joe Ross

I'd be OK if 8 of the Kentucky players got suspended the next time we play them :)

Rodney Crain

Ok Frank make up for a poor game, sink 2 here

Bryan Swan

YES! Now just hit those FT!

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Smith turns it over on the block. Mason credited with the steal. No shot clock.

Bwag

Seal this at the line

Melrank

DOUBLE TEAM!

Kristen Downing in reply to Bwag

Man, you're rough.

Joe Ross in reply to Bwag

I never root for injuries for the other team personally. At Kansas, Id like to beat them with all their guns blazing.

Tdscpa

Yahoo says Smith has 5 fouls.

Bwag

Good Defense that round by Greene. The fact that he got him to hurt himself is a plus

Kristen Downing in reply to Bwag

Hope so......

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Out of the timeout Trawick gets hurt. Play stops with 41 seconds left.

Melrank

Why the heck would they take Smith out to the high post to ball screen. Really?

Bryan Swan

Time for some smart, nasty Defense!

Joe Ross

GTown peop band playing GOT theme song.

Bwag in reply to Kristen Downing

Well let's hope they have it at least exactly wrong.

Melrank

Be interesting to see if we just play it straight up on this one.

Ryan_32

Big time free throws there from a big, especially a freshman big... Gotta love that. Big Cliff doing everything he can to win down the stretch while Mason tries to lose the game.

Kristen Downing in reply to Bwag

When I checked earlier in the day, they had Gtown by one.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Clutch free throws from Big Cliff on a night when he only has 7 points.

Bwag in reply to Kristen Downing

What was the line?

00:56 left in Second Half
Kansas 70
Georgetown 67

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Melrank

CLUTCH CLIFF

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Big Cliff kept Bigger Josh Smith on his backside, boxed him out, drew a foul to get to the free-throw line.

Bwag in reply to Kristen Downing

What was the line?

Jonathan Briles

Mason better than Sheron????? Not on his best day.

Joe Ross

You cant do that, Smith!!!!!!

Melrank

Got a good break during a critical possession.

Bwag

4 on smith

Rodney Crain

mercy out of a time out too.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Ellis posted up on the right block and Mason tries to give it to him from difficult spot, ball goes out of bounds for KU's 17th turnover.

Rick McGowwan

Bad, bad turnovers. Make them earn the D possession at least.

Melrank

Poor entry angle for Mason.

Doug Fisher

Yep, we are asking to lose this one.

Ryan_32

Mason. Is. Terrible.

Joe Ross

@#$%!!!!!!!!!!

Kristen Downing

Man, Vegas knows what they're doing.

Brian Powell

I hate bullies.

Bwag in reply to Melrank

Little bit of young Tyshon

Rodney Crain

time for another 3 Greene

Bryan Swan

C'mon Hawks, time to make it happen.

Melrank

Set play for Greene, please.

Joe Ross

This is the kind of game that builds character. You have to be in some competitive games, and hopefully come out on top. Having to fight when the game is on the line will come in handy come March.

Bwag

Up 1 with 1 1/2, lets bring it home

Mojayhawk

perry should have jumped for that pass. he would have drawn a foul

Ryan_32

Why is Mason so stupid and why does Self put up with it... Like the 50th time he's jumped in the air with nowhere to go hoping for the best tonight. It's like little league b-ball stuff here.

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