Originally published January 5, 2008 at 09:59a.m., updated January 5, 2008 at 01:42p.m.

Jackson, Arthur combine for 47 points as KU smashes BC, 85-60


Final, KU wins 85-60

Boston - So much for second half woes striking on the road for a third time.

The Jayhawks put on a show, start to finish with the exception of a few minutes midway through the second half, and slammed Boston College Saturday on Chestnut Hill, 85-60. It was nearly the same score as last year (84-66), and KU goes down with a sweep of the two-game home-and-home series with the Eagles.

Darnell Jackson and Darrell Arthur carried the load in the traditional way to start the game and never let up. The two were able to get more involved in transition late in the game, and finished with a combined 47 points on 19-of-25 shooting. They were also a combined 9-of-10 from the free throw line. The team was 15-of-19 from the stripe.

Brandon Rush was the only other Jayhawk in double figures, scoring 10 of his 12 points in before halftime.

The game was tied 22-22 midway through the game's first stanza, but KU cruised to a 47-29 lead at the break. BC closed it into as close as a 14-point game in the second half, but the Jayhawks got charged up after a near-altercation at midcourt, which started with BC's Rakim Sanders and KU's Mario Chalmers getting tangled up. Right after, the Jayhawks scored six unanswered points, including four from Darrell Arthur, and with BC's leading scorer, Tyrese Rice, on the bench with four fouls, KU continued to pull away. By the time Rice - who finished with 20 points - returned, it was too late.

The Jayhawks, 14-0, have just one non-conference tilt left. That will be Tuesday night, when Loyala (Md.) comes to town for a 7 p.m. tip. KU opens Big 12 play with an 8 p.m. contest next Saturday in Lincoln, Neb.

3:17, second half, KU leads 78-57

Boston - Russell Robinson scored his first field goal of the game out of the media timeout, and that three-pointer from up top put KU up 74-51. The capper to the late game run came moments later as Robinson blocked a Tyrese Rice shot, then fed Darnell Jackson after gathering the ball for an easy two-handed slam in transition. The dunk gave the senior forward a game-high 25 points and extended KU's lead to 25 points. A BC hoop right after was answered with Darrell Arthur hitting the 20-point mark off an inside feed from Sherron Collins.

Rakim Sanders and Tyrese Rice hit a couple of buckets for BC, but the Jayhawks' late run has been too much for the Eagles to overcome, with KU cruising to the finish line, up 78-57 with 3:17 to play.

7:44, second half, KU leads 71-50

Boston - Darnell Jackson hit a pair of free throws out of the media timeout, but BC started to push its run into overdrive. First Rakim Sanders hit a three-pointer from the right wing, then after a KU turnover, Biko Paris slashed down the paint on a fast break and laid in a pair, forcing Bill Self to call a timeout with his team's lead slashed to 14 points.

Darrell Arthur took a pass from Darnell Jackson out of the break, and after the ball was batted up, he recovered it and slipped in two off the glass. John Oates responded for the Eagles with a long jumper. A mini near-altercation then took place near midcourt and needed the refs to come in before it came to blows. Sherron Collins left the near-fracas pumping his chest and visibly angered. Afterwards, Darnell Jackson drove the wing and laid in a pair, and then Russell Robinson's aggressive backcourt defens forced a BC turnover. KU tried to go up top for Darrell Arthur with the emotion, but he was hacked by Shamari Spears.

Arthur hit both free throws, then tipped in the miss, and a Sherron Collins steal-and-score put KU up by 22 points with 8:26 to go, giving KU potentially the momentum for good.

11:50, second half, KU leads 59-42

Boston - Rakim Sanders hit his second three-pointer of the game out of the timeout, but KU continued to steal the highlight reel, with Mario Chalmers this time throwing an alley oop to Sasha Kaun, who dunked it home for his first field goal of the game.

BC then began to put together a little run of its own with the help of a couple of KU miscues. First came a step out of bounds by Sherron Collins, then an offensive foul. A Russell Robinson travel call kept the BC momentum going, as John Oates and Shamari Spears put in buckets during that mini slide to cut the KU lead to 19 points.

After a timeout taken on each side, John Oates continued the offensive push for BC by dunking home a pair. Brandon Rush answered with two points off an offensive board. Shamari Spears tried to answer with a two, but his off-target shot was thrown home by Rakim Sanders with one hand.

15:35, second half, KU leads 55-31

Boston - After a BC free throw off a Mario Chalmers foul to start the second half, Darnell Jakcson went right back to work. First, after being fouled from behind, he hit a pair of charities. Then, on a fast break feed, slammed home two points emphatically to give himself a game-high total so far of 19 points.

Russell Robinson, who had three assists in the first half, extended KU's lead further by hitting one of two free throws on KU's next trip up the floor to push the lead to 52-30. Sasha Kaun then did the same thing, giving KU a 6-1 push to open the first half.

Tyrese Rice was called for his fourth foul of the game on BC's ensuing possession, getting whistled for his second charge of the game while driving the left side of the paint. His seat on the bench gave KU's defense even more of a breather. Darrell Arthur made the Eagles pay further, finishing a Russell Robinson lob pass with a two-handed throwdown, giving him 12 points on the afternoon.

Halftime, KU leads 47-29

Boston - Rodrick Stewart slipped in two off the glass out of the timeout, and those would turn out to be the final points scored of the first half, giving KU a 47-49 advantage following possibly the team's best half of basketball so far this season.

Darnell Jackson has led KU to this point with 15 points, while fellow starting forward Darrell Arthur has 10. Brandon Rush has 10 after a late three-pointer, and Mario Chalmers hit a pair of treys to give him eight points. BC's Tyrese Rice leads all scorers with 16 points, but hasn't hit a three-pointer since midway through the first half. KU ended the half on a 25-7 run after being tied 22-22.

:52.7, first half, KU leads 45-29

Boston - Tyrese Rice added two more to his point total for the night at the free throw line, but KU came back yet again. First, Darnell Jackson took a lob feed and came down with it instead of finishing mid-air. He dropped it in off the glass instead to give himself 13 points. Then, after recording a steal, he took the feed in transition and was fouled on his way to the rim. He dropped in both charities to bump his point total to a team-high 15 on the afternoon.

Cole Aldrich, who entered at the last break for Sasha Kaun, then made his presence felt with a swat on the defensive end. He couldn't finish in two tries on offense, but a ball flying out of bounds stayed with the Jayhawks. Brandon Rush finished with an up-and-under layup from the wing to put KU up 42-26.

Brandon Rush kept the run going, extending it to a 23-4 KU streak with his first three-pointer of the game. Rakim Sanders answered with a three off the window, but KU's lead is still huge at 45-29 late in the first half.

3:58, first half, KU leads 36-24

Boston - Darnell Jackson went to work yet again, dropping in two while storming down the lane to give himself nine points. His bucket gave Arthur and him a combined 19 of KU's first 26 points. The combined total became 11 as Jackson then tipped in a Sherron Collins miss to push KU's lead to six points at 28-22.

Sasha Kaun drew a pair of BC fouls after a Rakim Sanders three-point miss. The second of those got him to the free throw line, where the senior buried both attempts and gave KU its biggest lead yet at 30-22.

Tyrese Rice continued to be BC's best offensive option, sinking two on the elbow after working between a pair of Jayhawk defenders, but KU came back by hitting its first three-pointer of the game - a Mario Chalmers offering from the left wing. BC compounded its fall late in the first half with a travel call, down 33-24.

Chalmers hit another three on the next KU possession, coming off a feed from Darnell Jackson after the senior rebounded a Sherron Collins three miss.

7:50, first half, KU leads 24-22

Boston - Darnell Jackson extended KU's lead again to three points, hitting a two from near the free throw line to give himself a game-high seven points. Tyrese Rice came back again, though, to bury another three. His third longball gave him nine points and tied the game, 15-15. He then hit two free throws to put BC up by two.

Darrell Arthur kept KU's big men active on the offensive end with his second turnaround jumper of the first half to give him eight points. The Jayhawks then got the fast break going with the game tied, and Russell Robinson dished to Brandon Rush, who dropped in two while being fouled. The subsequent free throw gave KU a 20-17 lead.

Tyrese Rice's outside shooting continued to bother the Jayhawks, as the junior guard buried his fourth three-pointer of the game this time, giving him 14 points and four threes to tie the game yet again, 20-20.

The Jayhawks shot out in transition again, and again Brandon Rush was the stat sheet beneficiary, slamming home two. Shamari Spears scored after that for BC, but Darrell Arthur moved into double figures with 10 points to put KU up 24-22.

11:46, first half, KU leads 13-12

Boston - Shamari Spears hit a jumper from deep after faking out Darrell Arthur against an expiring shot clock out of the timeout to put BC up 9-8. Spears was then fouled by Darrell Arthur on the other end, notching KU's first infraction of the game. BC couldn't capitalize off the foul, though a Sherron Collins blown layup after a nifty crossover gave the ball back to the Eagles.

Mario Chalmers then recorded his first steal of the game after a Shamari Spears entry pass was knocked away. The ball was then fed by Collins up to Darnell Jackson for an easy two-handed jam. Jackson then recorded a steal of his own, flipping it up to Chalmers. Instead of dishing over his shoulder to Brandon Rush, Chalmers took it himself and dropped in a two-pointer in transition, pushing KU's lead to 12-9.

Sasha Kaun moments later grabbed a defensive board on a Tyler Roche three-point miss, and a Darnell Jackson free throw on the other end put KU up 13-9. Tyrese Rice slashed deep into that lead on the next trip down, though, hitting his second three of the game.

15:34, first half, KU leads 8-7

Boston - Mario Chalmers controlled the opening tip for the Jayhawks, and Darrell Arthur set up in the paint, hitting a quick turnaround jumper to put KU up within 20 seconds, 2-0.

Darnell Jackson then tore down a defensive rebound off a miss from Rakim Sanders on the elbow. BC turned up the defensive pressure and Tyrese Rice pulled the ball away from Brandon Rush in traffic. Rice was called for a charge, though, on the other end, keeping BC scoreless.

Mario Chalmers then tried to score on an up-and-under layup on the other end, but it fell off the front iron. Shamari Spears laid in a Rakim Sanders feed for BC to tie the game, 2-2.

Darrell Arthur put KU up 4-2 on a layup in front of the iron after Brandon Rush collected the offensive rebound on Arthur's initial miss. Tyrese Rice came back to hit a three for BC, but Arthur took the lead back right away with a two-handed slam on an underneath feed from Russell Robinson.

Rakim Sanders scored his first points on the way back down, returning the favor for his earlier feed to Spears. Darnell Jackson scored in response with two points inside, giving KU big men the Jayhawks' first eight points.

Darrell Arthur took down a man-sized defensive rebound on the other end, but Russell Robinson's layup attempt on the offensive end was jammed between the iron and the glass, forcing a jump ball.

In two non-conference road tests so far this basketball season (at Southern Cal and Georgia Tech), Kansas University has come out as winners. The second halves of those contests, however, have left something to be desired - especially late in the game.

The Jayhawks have escaped both venues after allowing double-digit leads to slip late, but heroics from Mario Chalmers in Los Angeles and Sherron Collins in Atlanta kept KU's record unblemished. Today, in the second-to-last pre-conference game of the year, the Jayhawks are hoping for a full 40 minutes at, well, full throttle.

This game will be no easier than the previous two road non-con tilts, as Boston College enters at 10-2, coming off of two wins since a 10-day pre-holiday layoff. The three most notable wins for BC this year have come against No. 22 Rhode Island (76-72), Michigan (77-64) and Maryland (81-78).

Jared Dudley and Sean Marshall are gone, but the Jayhawks will re-acquaint themselves today with junior guard Tyrese Rice, who is leading the Eagles in scoring this year with 19.7 points per game. Sophomore forward Shamari Spears is notching 12.2 points and 7.5 rebounds per contest, while freshman guard Rakim Sanders is averaging 11.4 points per game alongside Rice.

This year, KU will not have to deal with Sean Williams, who last year in an 84-66 loss to KU in Allen Fieldhouse registered 19 points, 15 rebounds and seven blocked shots.

Tip-off is set for 11 a.m. central, and the game will be televised on ESPN.


Joe Ross 10 years, 5 months ago

Go Jayhawks! Fight Jayhawks!



KUglow 10 years, 5 months ago

Rice is a great player for BC. But he better get the rest of his team involved because he is not going to beat KU going 1 on 5.

Michael Auchard 10 years, 5 months ago

Boy, we're playing pretty sped up, but damn, it's working and fun to watch.

CaramelMacchMan 10 years, 5 months ago

I wanna see DA dunk on somones face............

jaybate 10 years, 5 months ago

Even when they were struggling to pull ahead early, they look like a substantially improved team over before the break.

KU's big men now look and play like big men who can play with anyone. Even Cole has improved.

Darnell has grown into a dominant big, not just a good one. He seems to be everywhere on the floor for certain stretches.

Cole didn't get numbers while he was in, but it was amazing how he opened the floor up for Brandon. There is something about Coles mobility and wing span that make his pick and rolls THE ideal complement for Brandon's to-the-rim game. Cole really did a lot of good things in a very short time. He's still raw, but he's less raw now. Frankly, his presence altered the flow of the game a great deal and for the better.

As usual, Digger needs to be making his comments while street walking on Santa Monica Blvd in LA with the rest of the whores. A content analysis would reveal he spent 90% of his words on what BC has to do better, while ignoring the obvious...KU is an exceptional team that is blowing out BC and may be on a rendezvous with destiny. Digger, lose the blazers and start wearing a bustier and fishnet stockings. It will be ghastly to look at, but at least it will bring some authenticity to your bogus act.

KUglow 10 years, 5 months ago

Interesting that Rice goes to the bench with four fouls and BC suddenly has to get other people involved and what do you know, they are able to score. Coincidence? I think not.

rcaltrider 10 years, 5 months ago

BC's awfult talkative and cocky for a team that is getting their a$$es handed to them at home. Your program hasn't reached the level where you can get away with that. Brilliant move on BC's part to get the 'hawks fired up when they were getting a little lax. That's some smart play by you guys. MORONS!!

Joe Ross 10 years, 5 months ago

Quick hits...

Jacksons stock continues to rise. He looks like a pro player today. He had his best game with 15 pro scouts including Danny Ainge looking on.

Self is doing a masterful job in the rotation yet again. Have we all taken for granted that no one has been hobbled with foul trouble this season? Yes it helps to have four bigs in the rotation and the fact that Jackson can contribute a lot of minutes helps to ease the pressure on the bigs. But Selfs rotation is responsible for a lot of the lack of foul trouble.

The stat on 5 players (Arthur, Chalmers, Jackson, Rush, and Collins) averaging double figures in really telling. More on that later...

It bothers me that an altercation can spark Kansas to play better. It makes me believe that Kansas plays emotionally, which is good...unless youre ahead by a grip. Maybe this is why we see the requisite lull in the second half, which lets teams back in the games sometimes. I wonder how far down the lead would have been whittled to without the altercation.

Joe Ross 10 years, 5 months ago

BIG production, literally...

Jackson and Arthur combine for half of Kansas' points. Could anyone believe this season that the frontcourt would be the story when coming in the backcourt received all the hype?


lance1jhawk 10 years, 5 months ago

WOW!!!!! Great win Hawks!! Jay Bilas can BELOOOOOOOOOW ME! he such and ACC Queen.

Rodney Stice 10 years, 5 months ago

Great effort by the frontcourt, we controled the paint. KU looked greeat today. Nice showing by the fans. There was a lot of blue in the seats.

DueFan 10 years, 5 months ago

What's Jay Bilas' problem with KU?

Everyone was praising KU, and when it is his turn, he suddenly changes to some totally random subject!!!

jayhawk02 10 years, 5 months ago

I noticed that to Phx. Great showing by Hawk fans. I wonder how many came up from Miami for a NICE road trip?! Rock Chalk!!

jaybate 10 years, 5 months ago

What's with Jay Bilas, someone asked?

He just realized KU is for real; that's what. It shocked and frightened him to realize KU could kick ass in the ACC.

I like Jay okay, but he's having a tough year. The ACC is waaaay down. His Dukies are running around grabbing their ankles for Coach K, as usual, but they haven't got the talent anymore. And the "KU offense" and the "KU defense" (formerly Eddie Ball) are rising to the fore as the dominant ways to play the game the last half of the decade.

Jay also suffers intermittently from panty ride, but we can't hold personal pecaddilloes against persons in their professional lives. We are a progressive institution, after all.

Rock Chalk Jayhawk, Go, KU!!!!

Post Script: Wouldn't it be great to watch announcer Chris Piper challenge announcer Jay Bilas to a one on one game?! I'm betting the farm on Chris.

Joe Ross 10 years, 5 months ago

Jacksons just putting this team on his shoulders right now. He is playing with the most fire and passion of anyone on the team. If you knew nothing about the players on the team and this was your first time watching Kansas play, an objective person would say that Jackson had a better shot at being drafted than Brandon Rush (consider what I said before jabbing at me).

Incidentally, DJacks average for the season is 11.5 a game. Rush's is 10.9. Yes Rush is coming off an injury. Yes, Jackson shoots generally from 3 feet and in. But no one would have seen this coming last year.

Jackson's rise to prominence is STAGGERING!

kc_wildfire 10 years, 5 months ago


Concerning Digger Phelps...

To anyone watching the game, even the most casual basketball fan, they are able to indentify the superior team or when great plays are being made. An announcer isn't needed to point those facts out.

So having an announcer continually praise the better team, which any Joe Blow could do, it shows an announcer's knowledge and grasp of the game when they point out why things are going wrong and / or what might be done to help turn things around. Those are the kind of things that casual fans, and even some other fans, might night be able to discern from watching. Informing the audience, which at times means teaching them, is what the color commentator's job is.

I would much rather have an announcer do what Digger did than what the announcers did during the Rose Bowl game. All praise of USC...the entire game. A play goes wrong for Illinois...nothing about what they may have done wrong or might have done better, just USC is far superior...blah. blah, blah.

justanotherfan 10 years, 5 months ago

Darnell Jackson and Russell Robinson are two of the most improved freshman to senior guys I have ever seen at KU.

Brandon Rush is looking a lot more comfortable accelerating and elevating. I think he is starting to really get confidence back in his body.

Sherron is also looking like he has his bounce back. Just in time for conference season, too.

Cole may not help us a whole lot offensively this year, but he can be a defensive presence at the very least.

The announcers today pointed to Mario as the key to what we are doing. I'd tend to agree. When Mario gets rolling, our whole team seems to really get rolling. Its interesting that after Mario got PO'ed today the team went on a run that pretty much removed any doubt about whether the final would be close or not. BC shouldn't have mouthed off to Mario.

I did like how the team rallied after BC started mouthing off. They pretty much decided that they had to bury them after that. And then did it. A Memphis-KU game would be a lot of fun to watch.

jayhawker_97 10 years, 5 months ago

DueFan, i also was surprised with Jay's exclusion of KU in one of recent articles in (not that their articles worth to read often) and i do hope this season ACC will go down hard. it's time for Big 12 to show its teeth.

Mark my words about DJax, he's one to watch for comes NBA draft time. he's been very very hungry, getting stronger. if our guards keep finding him and he doesn't lose the ball, he'll be the most dangerous inside threat.

King Arthur has just to be more aggressive inside and consistent in perimeter (which he was more consistent before).

but kudos for double-Ds!! go Jayhawks!! keep up the highlights on ESPN!!

milehighhawk 10 years, 5 months ago

I'm not sure why people feel a perceived slight from Bilas.

I think he's one of the top commentators out there, and before the game he picked KU to go to the Final Four. He may be a little biased, but he doesn't have the blind love that someone like Vitale displays. 9 times out of 10, he's right on the money.

speedy 10 years, 5 months ago

observations. great game again. this time ON natl, TV. none of that espn full court like over christmas. duke seems to have tapered off some. why? maybe its because r.w. is at n.c. and dicky v. is not recruiting quite as hard for duke. they are still on tv too much. it would seem that todays game opened a few eyes to the announcers. why do ku games get put onto full court and N.C. gets on 3x over christmas. whos in charge at the schedule??? of tv games.

jayhawkliz 10 years, 5 months ago

I would like to know what Sander was saying to Chalmbers to tick him off. In all the years I have watched KU I have never seen anyone on our team get into it.

jaybate 10 years, 5 months ago


You be EXTREMELY proud of your grandpa!!! Anyone who beats Jo Jo at ANYTHING, even tiddly winks, has the right stuff. I sure would like to know his name, but I totally understand if you want to keep it private. Not sure how old you are. if you're under 18, talk to your parents first before mentioning his name. Can't be too careful in the digital age.

Joe Ross 10 years, 5 months ago

  1. UNC
  2. Kansas
  3. UCLA
  4. Duke
  5. Indiana

These are the rankings of traditional powers in NCAA basketball. Where is Kentucky? Out of sight.

justanotherfan 10 years, 5 months ago

I'm watching Kentucky get blasted at home against Louisville right now. They have a lot of physical talent, but can't seem to figure out their roles in Gillespie's system. It's as if they are relearning basketball. They wouldn't be a top team right now, but they shouldn't be this bad.

As for Bilas, I don't have a problem with most of his comments. He is typically right on the money in my opinion. He's high on the ACC because he played there and does a lot of games in that conference. I noticed that the announcers for KU's game were both very high on them, but both of them do some Big XII games and as a result see these guys in person more (an underrated factor when you watch dozens of games every week).

These commentators will naturally be more impressed with teams that they have been courtside for. There is a different appreciation that goes into being on floor level with a very talented team. Most of you can appreciate the 'Hawks because you have seen them not only on TV, but probably at the Fieldhouse as well. Announcers are the same. The teams that they watch at floor level, you can see their speed, quickness, athleticism, shooting range, etc. in full glory. I'm sure that later on this year when Bilas sees us on a Saturday in the Big XII he will show more appreciation for our talent. He knows basketball.

NH_JHawk 10 years, 5 months ago

What a game! I was sitting behind the basket (next to the guy with the sign that read "how do you like dem oranges") and I would estimate that 10-20% of the crowd was KU faithful. My section felt like Allen Fieldhouse East! The BC students were wondering what the hell we were chanting when we broke out the Rock Chalk chant at the end. Great game Great crowd. We travel well!

jaybate 10 years, 5 months ago

Hey gang,

Commentators are part of a recruiting war and PR campaign KU needs to win more often. I'm not remotely interested in fairness in commentary, because there is none. I've spent my adult life listening to biased commentary, because we were from a conference with a smaller TV market than the east coast conferences. The only good commentators can do us is to be biased in our favor the way you all admit they are for the ACC. Screw the ACC.

Viva KU!

snowman0384 10 years, 5 months ago

I was lucky enough to be there this afternoon and was surprised by the number of KU fans in attendance. Way to go Hawk fans. As for Chalmers getting into it with Sanders, I think Sanders was getting in his way while he was trying to get the ball to inbounds it (or to give it to a teammate to inbounds) and Chalmers wasn't happy about it. That is just what I saw, but it could have easily been something else. Not sure if this had anything to do with it and whether or not it was seen on TV, but as the teams were heading to their benches during the timeout just prior to the Chalmers thing, the BC guys were kinda surrounding Sherron and sharing words as he was trying to make his way across the court. Look like that might have been when the tempers starting flaring.

I thought Jackson played great and luckily his numbers show that. As for Shady, I thought he had a tough game, but I kept looking at the scoreboard and his points kept adding up. Felt like he could have easily had close to 30.

I had a huge smile on my face when the Rock Chalk chant started with about 2:00 to go. I kept hearing all the BC fans really giving praise to the talent on this Kansas team., "They sure are athletic. Their big men are so aggressive and can get in the air so quick. Gonna be a tough team to beat." I think I'd have to agree.

Ku_fan5 10 years, 5 months ago

jaybate, my grandpa was an assistant basketball coach at ku in the late 70's and he beat chris piper in a one on one game, he also beat john calipari and i know you guys WONT believe this at all and believe me it was hard for me to believe it but he also beat jojo white in a game of horse, when he was with Boston but we know what would happen in a real game. but my grandpa was one of the better shooters i have ever seen

smitty33 10 years, 5 months ago

Wow, I don't remember such a good week to be a Jhawk fan!!

This was our best game this year by far!!! Few turnovers, Shady making his shots, good freethrows, Jackson playing to his awesome potential, etc, etc...!!!

After the Florida and 2 Texas wins last year, this was the most fun I've had has a hoops fan in a couple of years. We could have beaten ANYONE tonight.

ku98 10 years, 5 months ago

Clearly DA and DJ were the stars of the game, but I like what Kaun and Aldrich did in the short time they were in the game. They showed some aggressiveness on both ends of the floor, which is exactly what you need out of your back-ups. I thought everyone looked pretty good tonight. Kudos to the coaching staff too! Rock Chalk!

Mike Young 10 years, 5 months ago

We aree 2-0 against the ACC...on the road!

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