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Originally published November 16, 2012 at 12:03a.m., updated November 16, 2012 at 01:15a.m.

Notebook: Shooting performance reminds Bill Self of Oral Roberts

Kansas head coach Bill Self gets a quick talk with his players during the second half on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas head coach Bill Self gets a quick talk with his players during the second half on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews

KU coach Bill Self

Kansas coach Bill Self talks to reporters following the Jayhawks' 69-55 victory over Chattanooga on Nov. 15, 2012.

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Elijah Johnson, Ben McLemore and Jeff Withey

Elijah Johnson, Ben McLemore and Jeff Withey talk to reporters following the Jayhawks' 69-55 victory over Chattanooga on Nov. 15, 2012.

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Chattanooga’s Farad Cobb, who sank six three-pointers in seven tries the first half, tried to single-handedly beat Kansas University’s basketball team on Thursday night in Allen Fieldhouse.

“That performance reminded me of the dude from ORU. He goes 6-for-7 from three and made two threes his entire career,” Self said, recalling Nov. 15, 2006, when Marchello Vealy hit seven of eight from beyond the arc in Oral Roberts’ 78-71 victory over KU. It’s just one of three losses to nonconference teams in Allen Fieldhouse in the Bill Self era.

“Cobb is a backup point guard. A backup got 21 on us. He threw in some stuff,” Self added of the 6-foot Cobb. “He threw in three or four under five (seconds) on the shot clock that were hard shots.”

Cobb went just one of two from three the final half, finishing with 21 points, thanks to Travis Releford’s sticky defense.

His six three-pointers, by the way, were most in a half by a KU opponent since Syracuse’s Gerry McNamara hit six in the first half of the 2003 national championship game.

Jeff Withey on the win: “The first half for all of us wasn’t too good. We came out very flat. In the second half coach (Self) really challenged the seniors to step it up and bring more energy. I just started being more involved and my teammates found me. It was just finding the open spot and being at the right place at the right time. It started all on the defensive end and that made it a lot easier on the offensive end.”

Withey, who had five second-half blocks and six total, scored 11 points with 10 rebounds. He had just two points and three boards the initial half.

“Just energy,” Withey said of the difference. “Cobb went off (in the first half). Being prideful in our defense, we came out in the second half knowing we had to stop him and build from that. Travis (Releford) came out with a lot of energy and stopped him. After that, everyone started to have more confidence on the defensive end. We didn't want to be the person who let our guy score, so we just had to challenge ourselves.”

Stats, facts: KU trailed at the half in a non-conference game for the first time since it trailed Cornell, 31-28, on Jan. 6, 2011. ... The eight-point halftime deficit was the largest KU has faced against a non-conference opponent at home since it trailed Nevada, 35-27, at halftime on Dec. 1, 2005. ... The Mocs connected on eight three-point baskets in the first half, which is the most in a half by a KU opponent since Oklahoma State hit nine three-pointers in the second half last season. ... KU held Chattanooga without a field goal from the 18:05 mark of the second half to 5:30, spanning more than 12 minutes. ... During the second half, Chattanooga scored 19 points on 6-for-25 shooting from the field and committed 12 turnovers. ... McLemore’s 25 points were the most by a KU freshman since Xavier Henry scored 31 against LaSalle on Dec. 12, 2009. ... Withey’s six blocks were a season high and the most since he swatted seven against Ohio State in the national semifinals last year (March 31). ... Naadir Tharpe matched a career-high with five assists. He had five against Howard on Dec. 29 of last season.

Comments

stahlin 1 year, 5 months ago

For the sake of discussion, how much of the way they played that first half, have to do with Manning no longer here? Withey's first half footwork was so bad it looked jr high.

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wrwlumpy 1 year, 5 months ago

Everyone but Young looked bad in the first half. Nice to see that coach lit a fire.

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Jesse Johnson 1 year, 5 months ago

Talk about bad memories brought up in this article: ORU and even worse... McNamara and his inability to miss a freaking 3 pointer in the 2003 championship game (on a side note, does anyone else remember when the refs called a charge on Aaron Miles after a made layup on a fast break play that was clearly a blocking foul, and immediately afterwards McNamara hit another 3 pointer, which totaled a 6 point swing based on a bad call in a game that was decided by 3 points?)

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Dale Stringer 1 year, 5 months ago

And I thought it was Traylor that kept us in the game in the first half, not B-Mac. Yes, B-Mac was scoring points, but there was no intensity when he did. Traylor was the hustle-guy and get-the-ball guy in the first half.

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Tony Bandle 1 year, 5 months ago

I think Jeff has a long, slow fuse that over the season burns brighter and faster as criticism of him builds up and finally goes off at just the right time...tournament time!!!

I have no fear to predict that JEFF-REX will return before the end of this season!!

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oldalum 1 year, 5 months ago

I agree, Robin. Someone should do a study on the relationship between the way a kid has grown up and his forcefulness. When a kid has to fight his way just to survive, it might create a different attitude from that of someone who has had a nice family, nice childhood. Easy life, easy attitude. Rough life, junk yard dog attitude. I'm sure that's too easy, but there might be some kind of correlation there.

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Robin Smith 1 year, 5 months ago

Killer instinct is the rarest intangible. Withey has shown moments but to have it like TRob has it will likely never happen.

Meanwhile, BMac, owns.

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PSM 1 year, 5 months ago

McLemore’s 25 points were the most by a KU freshman since Xavier Henry scored 31 against LaSalle on Dec. 12, 2009

I don't remember Xavier ever scoring that much or playing as well as Mclemore played last night. Then again, I try to forget Xavier ever played for KU

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flyingfinn 1 year, 5 months ago

Look folks I agree, but we have seen nothing for periods of time out of other team leaders Releford and Johnson. Our team had a lot of problems the first part of last season. The sky is not falling.

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KEITHMILES05 1 year, 5 months ago

It's damn pathetic a 5th. year senior needing prodding to get with it! I mean, good gravy............maturity should matter but he acts like a child who needs guided. HE should be the one setting an example instead of Self having to berate and plead with him to play like a man.

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akgjenkintown 1 year, 5 months ago

Same old quotes from Withey. Try playing a full game. As a senior and preseason All American, you shouldn't needs others to motivate you. Lead the team and quite following, otherwise this will be a disappointing season and you can kiss the hope of the NBA lottery goodbye.

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