Originally published November 13, 2009 at 05:52p.m., updated November 13, 2009 at 09:56p.m.

FINAL: Xavier Henry sets KU freshman debut record with 27 points in 101-65 rout of Hofstra

Kansas forward Xavier Henry defends a shot by Hofstra guard Charles Jenkins during the second half, Friday, Nov. 13, 2009 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas forward Xavier Henry defends a shot by Hofstra guard Charles Jenkins during the second half, Friday, Nov. 13, 2009 at Allen Fieldhouse.


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9:45 p.m.

It's official: Self said after the game that both Travis Releford and Mario Little will red-shirt this season, unless something unforeseen happens.

Kansas scoring — Xavier Henry 27, Sherron Collins 23, Cole Aldrich 11, Marcus Morris 9, Elijah Johnson 8, Tyshawn Taylor 8, Markieff Morris 6, Thomas Robinson 5, Conner Teahan 3, Chase Buford 1.

KU was 32-for-63 from the floor (50.8 percent), 11-for-27 from three (40.7 percent) and 26-for-40 from the free-throw line (65 percent).

Hofstra was 26-for-71 from the floor (36.6 percent), 5-for-21 from three (23.8 percent) and 8-for-13 from the free-throw line (61.5 percent).

KU had the rebounding edge, 49-37. Hofstra had 17 turnovers to KU’s 12.

FINAL: KU defeats Hofstra, 101-65

The 100th point goes to Chase Buford, who was fouled underneath after an offensive rebound. He drained the first free throw to put KU at the century mark.

The Jayhawks wrap up a 101-65 victory.

KU 95/Hofstra 55 — 3:28 left in game

Norm Cook’s KU freshman debut record of 21 points in 1973 won’t stand after tonight’s game. That’s because Henry, adding his fifth three, is up to 27 points. Henry checks out for the final time with 5 1/2 minutes remaining, receiving a nice ovation from the KU fans.

Nice ball movement for KU, and the beneficiary is Conner Teahan, who shoots in a three from the left corner.

Walk-on Chase Buford checks in before the final media timeout.

Nice spin move in the lane by Taylor, who finishes with the layup. Suddenly, you look up, and KU is leading by 40.

KU 82/Hofstra 45 — 7:23 left in game

Just when it looked like KU was forgetting about its inside guys, Aldrich gets the ball in the post and knocks down a turn-around for two.

Markieff Morris adds a soft 10-footer that swishes through in the lane, and he should save that shot as a zone-buster against teams in the Big 12.

Collins somehow slithers under a defender and scoops a layup softly off the glass and in for two.

Collins comes around a screen and rattles in another three. With so many weapons on KU this year, it’s impossible for teams to give Collins the attention he deserves on the offensive end.

KU 71/Hofstra 40 — 11:25 left in game

So much for that three-point shooting slump I talked about in the first half.

Henry gets loose for yet another three, and he drains it for his 24th point.

Collins follows with consecutive three-pointers of his own, holding up three fingers on each hand on his way back to the defensive end. The Jayhawks are 4-for-7 from beyond the arc this half.

Robinson is looking a bit more like a freshman this game. He tries a tough pass underneath, and it’s stolen away by Hofstra. It’s the second turnover by Robinson, but KU has just eight total.

KU 61/Hofstra 36 — 15:48 left in game

Henry has taken over the start of the second half. He’s fouled on a three and hits all three free throws, then follows that with a three-pointer from the side. Collins comes away with a steal and throws ahead to Taylor, who kindly drops the ball to Henry for another jam.

Henry springs free again, and he drains another three-pointer. He claps his hands together while going back to the defensive end. That’s 11 straight KU points for Henry, who’s up to 21 in his Jayhawk debut.

KU scoring — Collins 12, Henry 10, Aldrich 9 (3-for-3 shooting), Marcus Morris 7, Elijah Johnson 4, Tyshawn Taylor 3, Markieff Morris 2, Thomas Robinson 1.

KU was 14-for-25 from the floor (56 percent), 2-for-10 from the three-point line (20 percent) and 18-for-27 from the free-throw line (66.7 percent).

Hofstra was 12-for-36 from the floor (33.3 percent), 2-for-8 from three (25 percent) and 1-for-2 from the free-throw line (50 percent).

KU out-rebounded Hofstra in the first half, 21-18. Hofstra had 11 turnovers to KU’s seven.

Random Thoughts

• Twenty-seven free throws to two? That’s not something the Jayhawks can count on each game.

• KU is still struggling from three, as it did during most of the exhibition season.

• Hofstra’s leading returning scorer Charles Jenkins had just five first-half points on 2-for-8 shooting. He had no assists and three turnovers but three steals.

KU 31/Hofstra 22 — 5:46 left in 1st half

Three quick whistles on KU on the defensive end. The fans don’t like it, but all three looked like good calls to me. Plus, KU still has only four fouls compared to Hofstra’s nine.

Collins comes around a screen and hits an 18-footer for KU. The Jayhawks had hit a bit of a lull offensively.

Two more free throws by Taylor. The Jayhawks hit a good percentage of their free throws in two exhibitions games, and they’ve continued that trend today, making 11 of 14 (78.6 percent) from the stripe.

KU is getting beat on the boards, as Hofstra is cleaning up the offensive glass. Following a putback by Halil Kanacevic, Self calls timeout with the lead down to 31-18.

Taylor and Collins follow with back-to-back turnovers, and another offensive rebound leads to two points for Hofstra. Self calls timeout again, and the lead is down to nine at 31-22.

Hofstra has seven offensive rebounds and is even on the boards with KU, as both teams have 14 rebounds.

KU 25/ Hofstra 10 — 11:31 left in 1st half

KU is playing so quick right now. Following a Hofstra miss, Marcus Morris throws ahead to Tyrel Reed, who shovels back to Collins for a three in transition that hits nothing but net. Timeout Hofstra. The Pride can’t seem to get back on defense quickly enough to defend the Jayhawks.

Elijah Johnson checks in, so that officially means no red-shirt for him (not that he was going to take one anyways). He wastes no time getting his first points, taking a pass from Thomas Robinson and swishing a 19-footer. Ten-nothing run for KU.

Johnson follows with a steal out top, and he goes around a defender with a nifty move in the lane for two points in transition.

Robinson gets called for a foul inside, and that’s KU’s first whistle. Szabo hits a free throw to end a 12-0 KU run.

Marcus Morris adds a tough baseline jumper. A year ago, that’s the shot he airballed at least four times.

KU 13/ Hofstra 7 — 15:49 left in at half

Miklos Szabo scores the first points on a long two, but KU answers immediately.

Xavier Henry drains a three from the right wing, and in transition, Cole Aldrich gets it underneath and dunks it home with a foul. The crowd is already roaring.

Interesting that Hofstra opened the game in what appears to be a 2-1-2 zone. KU’s players don’t seem to know exactly how to attack it just yet. That should change after the first media timeout.

Henry puts up a tough shot but is bailed out by a whistle. It was right in front of me, and that’s a tough call to go against a defender. Xavier makes both foul shots.

More Xavier on the offensive end, as he follows a Markieff Morris miss with a one-handed slam on the rebound to go with a foul. So that’s the offensive rebounding from Henry that Self has been talking about.

Collins throws an alley-oop across the rim, and Markieff slams it in. This team already is filling this early season with highlights.

7:05 p.m.

I said it in the Cram Session video and I'm not backing down: Xavier Henry will be KU's leading scorer tonight.

7:04 p.m.

They brought back the old intro video. KU fans rejoice.

KU's starters: Tyshawn Taylor, Xavier Henry, Markieff Morris, Sherron Collins, Cole Aldrich.

6:57 p.m.

Travis Releford is in his warm-ups and is going through the layup line. I would have expected to see him in street clothes if he was red-shirting.

6:13 p.m.

Here are some notes about tonight’s game:

• The top returning scorer in this game is not Cole Aldrich or Sherron Collins. It’s Hofstra’s Charles Jenkins, who averaged 19.4 points per game last season. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound junior is the only returning NCAA player to average at least 19 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists per game last season. He also was named the preseason co-conference player of the year.

• In Jenkins’ last six games of last season, he was even better, averaging 24.2 points and 6.6 assists per game.

• Jenkins drew 6.4 fouls per 40 minutes last season, which ranked 46th nationally. He drew as many fouls per 40 minutes as Iowa State’s Craig Brackins (6.4), more than Notre Dame’s Luke Harangody (6.2) and more than any other KU player last year (Marcus Morris led the team with 5.3).

• Hofstra shot just 31.3 percent from the three-point line as a team last season.

• The Pride led the nation in close wins last season, as it was 12-3 in games decided by five points or less.

• Here’s an interesting stat: Jenkins put his team ahead for good in the final two minutes six times last season.

• Hofstra returns five players this year, and all of them started at least one game last season.

• The Pride has six freshmen and one junior-college transfer this season.

• Hofstra has won 20 games in four of its last five seasons.

• KU has won its season-opener in seven straight seasons.

• Seven KU players (Sherron Collins, Tyshawn Taylor, Markieff Morris, Xavier Henry, Marcus Morris, Thomas Robinson, Cole Aldrich) averaged at least 11.5 points per game in the two exhibition contests.

5:52 p.m.

Welcome back to the Newell Post Live, coming to you from Allen Fieldhouse where the Kansas Jayhawks are getting set to open their season against the Hofstra Pride.

Because it is the beginning of a new basketball season, I thought we'd try something different for this pre-game blog.

In the comments section below, post the link to your favorite KU basketball video. This can be a YouTube video or any other video floating out there on the Internet.

In case you were wondering, this is one of the best KU videos I've seen produced in a long time (Warning: there is some profanity).

I'll try to post some of the best videos from the comments section in this blog before the game.

Also, be sure to vote in our poll on the left and use #kubball to have your tweets show up on the left side of our screen.


Ben Kane 11 years, 3 months ago


your post seemed late tonight, makes me realize how much I enjoy it.


no video link from me but as always thanks sutton!

ebort 11 years, 3 months ago

Thank you for the link Sutton! Been looking all day.

Jesse Newell 11 years, 3 months ago

jayhawk — I don't think so. With Barnes announcing his decision to go to UNC, I would think it's more likely that Releford sits out a year and gains more playing time next year.

jayhawkboogeyman 11 years, 3 months ago

sounds good. He's been out for a lot of warmups, but I wasn't at the first 2 games to compare with.

Eliott Reeder 11 years, 3 months ago

The above are individual highlight reels. Here is my last one. An old school classic:

NH_JHawk 11 years, 3 months ago

suttonku - thanks for the link!

Comcast Internet users - ESPN 360 works this year (not the case last year). Better quality feed than Watching MSU-Fla Gulf Coast right now!

NH_JHawk 11 years, 3 months ago

credit goes to kshaw04 - thanks for the ESPN 360 info! working great!

IA4jayhawk 11 years, 3 months ago

Thanks for that link, Jesse. Words cannot describe how excited I am for this year's season. Rock Chalk!

tstanlick1909 11 years, 3 months ago

yea call the timeout, you definitely need it.

bdku 11 years, 3 months ago

Anyone else having trouble viewing the game on justintv? I am I just too late? I can't see any video and on the right hand side I just see a box that says "Loading chat..." Any input would be great, and thanks in advance!

Chris Shaw 11 years, 3 months ago

Anybody else think EJ walked there. Sweet move, but I think he took 3 steps!

tstanlick1909 11 years, 3 months ago

bdku, try espn 360. no disrespect to justintv

EJ looks like Chalmers out there. Just sayin

Chris Shaw 11 years, 3 months ago

Didn't realize Releford decided to Red-shirt! He'll definitely get better.

tstanlick1909 11 years, 3 months ago

I agree. I'm just saying the steal and finish + the #15 jersey

Ben Kane 11 years, 3 months ago

were just trying to force it right now...need to settle down

kshaw04 11 years, 3 months ago

Hope they settle down. Impressed with the ESPN360 quality full screen. Glad your enjoying it NH_Jhawk

kshaw04 11 years, 3 months ago

KUshaw...I get with being a comcast extra cost.

Chris Shaw 11 years, 3 months ago

kshaw: Why you have my name? LOL! Comcast huh? I will have to check into to it.

Jesse Newell 11 years, 3 months ago

Sorry, had the wrong score up there for a sec. It's 48-27 KU at half.

kshaw04 11 years, 3 months ago

I went to graduate school at Michigan....never set foot in the Michigan basketball stadium (fab 5 era...but it was sacreligious for me to cheer for them). I'm definately not a MSU fan in football. I have to say that is quite a collection Izzo has in his basement! Like the ESPN 360 halftime clips. On to Wooden.

Steve Tramba 11 years, 3 months ago

KUShaw... should be free on most providers. I have ATT DSL & it's outstanding.

Steve Tramba 11 years, 3 months ago

Jesse N - how about a bigger Twitter box? It's great, but hard to keep up sometimes...

Steve Tramba 11 years, 3 months ago

New ESPN360 users... I believe nearly every game that's on J-TV or any ESPN / 2 / U channel should be available also on Usually the best quality (IMHO), and I believe any CBS game MAY be available starting at's home page. Hope that helps anyone unfamiliar to where to watch online.

tstanlick1909 11 years, 3 months ago

Xavier looks like an OAD, and im glad, because he is spectacular.

An absolute three point specialist. We havent had a three point specialist that played serious minutes in a long time. Kirk Hinrich/Jeff Boschee

NH_JHawk 11 years, 3 months ago

swonder44 -

I hope that's the case with I always end up with the regional coverage from the ACC or Big East and not the B12 game.

kshaw04 11 years, 3 months ago

Love it...collins and X 3 pointers...kinda like the old larry bird commercials shooting from all over the part is they are both on our team!

TNJHawkfanof4 11 years, 3 months ago

thanks for posting a way to view on line. Living in TN I don't get to watch them as often as I would like. Can we do this every game???

TNJHawkfanof4 11 years, 3 months ago

Great game! Thanks for the feed! Let's do this again next week.

goshenjhawk 11 years, 3 months ago

Thanks, sutton, for the link. Great game! Those of us who are uprooted Kansans sure appreciate the help.

Joe Baker 11 years, 3 months ago

Still soaking the game...X is pure!

Nice to see TT with his three point shot.

EJ sweet trey for first shot and split the D all night

Teahan with the stroke!!

Hofstra made some noise from the perimeter, just not enough!

Nice game and here we come St Louis 11/17 (ESPN)!

Beat Memphis

Ryan Mullen 11 years, 3 months ago

I am listening to Xavier Henry on post game talking about having an NBA ready body now. This kid is gone next year and hope he does great.

jayhawkboogeyman 11 years, 3 months ago

Hard to complain about a game like that. But we have a lot of work to do in the half court offense. The big men have to be more active and we really need to cut down on the cross court passes. Other than that, though, wow! This team is so big and strong and athletic. I can't wait to see these guys in full swing after a few more hard practices.

jayhawk071191d 11 years, 3 months ago


100 11 years, 3 months ago

"Practice Wins Championships."


Lance Hobson 11 years, 3 months ago

I didn't get to see the game but am catching up on the notes here. Props to Newell for predicting that Xavier would lead KU in scoring. Man was he ever right! I recommend a trip to Vegas this weekend, there are some killer deals now.

Dale Kroening 11 years, 3 months ago

No CJ was in street clothes. He is still hurt, and hasnt made it through a full practice yet.

Martin Rosenblum 11 years, 3 months ago

HCBS showed a lot of restraint and class actually in the final minutes of this game. We allowed at least three 3 pointers that weren't defended particularly well and didn't set up plays on the offensive end. This being said, my point is that the final score could have been 120-50 if at least two of the starters had come back into the game in the final 4 minutes. It was never close. But, the point was very obvious, we have about three teams that could play most D1 teams down to the wire and more.

Scouting and watching tape of our next opponent will be a challenge this early in the season. Memphis has a couple of very talented new players. Coleman at center will be a much better test for our big men. Elliot Williams, a transfer from Duke, can be an outside threat and has good guard skills. Coaching will be the key as will be depth. We obviously win in both of those areas.Avoiding foul trouble will need to be stressed for our starters and next five off the bench. Most teams will have to focus on fouling us rather than stopping us one on one this year.


Martin Rosenblum 11 years, 3 months ago

ralster -

When it comes to Rose and his DNA, it stands for how he treated his SAT:

D id N ot A ttend

KULA 11 years, 3 months ago

Drgnslayr, "His stock will rocket if he goes at least one more year."

He would've been a lottery pick if he could've declared last year. He surely will be this year. How much more do you think his stock could rise? Somebody pinch drgnslayr--I think he's dreaming, haha. It's great to have a team starting 2 lottery picks and 4 first rounders!

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