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Kansas defeats Georgetown, 67-63

  • 11 p.m., Nov. 21, 2011
  • Maui, Hawaii,

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Late bloomers: KU slips past Hoyas

Kansas players Thomas Robinson (0) and Travis Releford (24) have a laugh during the second half on Monday, Nov. 21, 2011 at the Lahaina Civic Center. At right is KU guard Elijah Johnson.

Kansas players Thomas Robinson (0) and Travis Releford (24) have a laugh during the second half on Monday, Nov. 21, 2011 at the Lahaina Civic Center. At right is KU guard Elijah Johnson.

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Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews

KU coach Bill Self and players

KU coach Bill Self, Tyshawn Taylor, Elijah Johnson and Travis Releford talk to reporters following the Jayhawks' 67-63 victory over Georgetown on Nov. 22, 2011.

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— Kansas University’s basketball players rewarded their sleep-deprived fans on the mainland late Monday night and into this morning.

The Jayhawks (2-1) jolted Georgetown, 67-63, in the late, late late show — otherwise known as the first-round of the Maui Invitational.

“I thought we played hard and smart,” KU’s Tyshawn Taylor said. “I thought we played well. Georgetown battled and played well, but we kept our composure.”

Taylor scored 16 points and survived a second-half case of the dreaded cramps, while Thomas Robinson exploded for 20 points and 12 boards and Travis Releford 10 points as KU advanced to a semifinal match-up today against UCLA (1-2) at a more manageable 8:30 p.m. Central time.

The game will be shown live on ESPN. UCLA, which led by just two points at halftime, routed NCAA Div. II Chaminade, 92-60, on Monday night.

KU thrilled its large contingent of fans in the 3,400-seat arena by storming to a 6-0 lead in the game that started at 11 p.m. Central time and ended after 1 a.m., courtesy of four points from Robinson and a dunk by Releford.

The Jayhawks did trail, 12-9, but led, 24-23 with 5:22 left in the first half. KU then embarked on an 8-0 run that gave the Jayhawks a 32-23 advantage at 2:55.

Georgetown (2-1) managed to slice the gap to 37-35 on an Otto Porter three right before the halftime horn.

KU opened a 42-37 lead early in the second half on a deep three by Taylor, but the Hoyas were able to tie at 46 with 15:19 left.

With the game deadlocked at 46 still with 14:21 left, KU’s Taylor suffered a painful cramp. He returned with KU up by three points, 51-48, at 9:42.

The Jayhawks led, 55-53, with 6:52 to play, then went on a back-breaking 4-0 surge.

It was a two-point game, 65-63, when Releford hit two big free throws at :15.7.

For the game, KU hit 47.1 percent of its shots to Georgetown’s 40 percent. KU hit five of 16 threes to the Hoyas’ seven of 24.

Taylor hit five of nine shots, including three of three threes.

Comments

bennybob 2 years, 4 months ago

Ever since Michigan almost upset us in AFH in '09 teams have been throwing the 1-3-1 at Self to slow down his offense.

After what was put on film last night, i doubt opposing coaches will be going back to that well anytime soon, that was some of the best zone offense i've seen the Hawks run since Self got here.

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Tuskin 2 years, 4 months ago

Do doubt that was a late, late game. Bedore's brain was crawling into bed even while he typed up the article:

"KU thrilled its large contingent of fans in the 3,400-seat arena by storming to a 6-0 lead in the game that started at 11 p.m. Central time and ended after 1 a.m., courtesy of four points from Robinson and a dunk by Releford."

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jaybate 2 years, 4 months ago

What a difference a lens makes!!!!

Travis is taller than TRob in Nick's pic at story top.

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Konkis Dongington III 2 years, 4 months ago

The only really disappointing thing about last night's game was the side of the court Otto Porter was on. The kid would have been a great get for us. He can play the tall 3 or the finesse 4 that spreads the D with outside shooting. Too bad that first trip wasn't to KU, cause it seems like that's all it would have taken. Porter had never even been on a plane before his first trip out to DC. Oh well. Woulda, coulda, shoulda...

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Jonathan Unruh 2 years, 4 months ago

When is Coach Self going to implement a No TATOO policy. Did these guys spend all summer under the needle?

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hawksince51 2 years, 4 months ago

It was a good win against a tough team. T-Rob and TT are living up to expectations as our primary scorers. Releford and EJ both contributed which is encouraging and important. Travis was a little slow getting into the O but came on strong in the 2nd half. The biggest concern is Withey fouling out in 13 minutes last night. We will need more out of him with our limited depth down low. On the other hand getting 35 minutes out of T-Rob with no serious foul trouble was big.

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HawkKlaw 2 years, 4 months ago

KU is starting to gel after only three regular season games. We had a lot of chemistry last night. You could see it in the offense especially - we were passing well and getting TRob was getting easy layups/alley oops at the rim. I remember back when Julian Wright played at KU, our entire offense basically revolved around the alley oop. This season our offense needs to look pretty similar to that on a nightly basis (with less 360's...not exactly TRob's style). All in all I was very impressed with KU last night. Definitely a game we can build on.

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btr555 2 years, 4 months ago

This game reminded me a a lot of last years win against Arizona-- a good win against a team that is somewhat underrated at the moment. Just like Arizona did last year i bet GU makes some noise in the tourney.

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REHawk 2 years, 4 months ago

Probably was not a joke for a legweary group of Hoyas.

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David Lara 2 years, 4 months ago

"The Jayhawks led, 55-53, with 6:52 to play, then went on a back-breaking 4-0 surge."

Yeah those 2 consecutive field goal runs really demoralize the opposition. Is this a joke?

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Dyrk Dugan 2 years, 4 months ago

it's a good win. GTown has some big kids....so it's good for our physicality to show back up.

now let's get them Bruins. (i might actually get to watch this one....:) Go Jayhawks!

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Martin Rosenblum 2 years, 4 months ago

3400 seating capacity in this article.

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jaybate 2 years, 4 months ago

A four point win over a Princeton is an 8 point win over a regular offence.

Best news:

Travis recovered

We won shooting lousy from trey.

Our bugs could chase away from the basket without fouling out.

Great win.

Important early win.

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David Lignell 2 years, 4 months ago

No pigballin,

Did you watch the game? It was a giant leap forward for KU. Check out this link:

http://espn.go.com/blog/collegebasketballnation/post/_/id/39646/a-closer-look-kansas-67-georgetown-63

We will not suck in March, where it counts. And yes, you are correct, our football players are great, but our team play sucks.

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pigballin 2 years, 4 months ago

Now even the basketball sucks in sports at KU.

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pigballin 2 years, 4 months ago

Now even the basketball sucks in sports at KU.

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