Thursday, December 1, 2011
Kansas coach Bill Self talks to reporters on Nov. 30, 2011 after defeating Florida Atlantic.
Kansas defeated Florida Atlantic, 77-54 on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011 at Allen Fieldhouse.
Kansas University junior forward Thomas Robinson had 19 points and 17 rebounds. It marked his sixth-straight double-double. It’s the longest streak of consecutive double-doubles to open a KU season.
Robinson’s 17 rebounds set a career high. His previous high was 15 against Duke last week in Hawaii. His 17 boards were the most by a Jayhawk since Cole Aldrich’s 18 against Texas Tech on March 11, 2010. His 13 defensive rebounds were also the most since Aldrich had 15 against Texas Tech in 2010. Over his last two games, Robinson has grabbed 32 rebounds.
Also, Robinson hit 11 of 13 free throws, which set career highs in both categories. His four blocks were a career high. As a team, KU had 53 rebounds, highest total of the season and most since grabbing 56 against Missouri on Jan. 25, 2010.
KU’s 13 blocked shots were the most in a game since the Jayhawks had a school-record 15 rejections against Toledo on Dec. 9, 2006. ... During a five-minute stretch in the first half, KU outscored FAU by a 17-2 margin to stretch a three-point lead to 18. ... Florida Atlantic’s 32.3 percent shooting mark was the lowest of the season by a KU opponent, while the Owls’ 23.5 percent three-point shooting was also a season low for a Jayhawk opponent. ... The Jayhawks collected a season-high 25 points from the foul line. ... Tyshawn Taylor had 18 points, giving him double figures in all six games this season. It matches Taylor’s longest streak of consecutive games with double-digit points, which he did his freshman year. ... Conner Teahan connected on three three-point field goals, which matched a career high. ... Travis Releford’s six rebounds were a career high, while his four assists were a season best. ... Justin Wesley’s seven rebounds were his highest total as a Jayhawk. He had eight in a game with Lamar in 2010.
Self indicated that Anthony West, a 6-foot-6 sophomore forward who suited up for the Towson game, will not walk on the team. West, who played high school ball at Shawnee Mission East, cited a time commitment.