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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Jayhawks survive Hoyas in D.C.

Kansas guard Wayne Selden Jr. (1) is pressured by Georgetown forward Paul White (13) during the first half on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014 at Verizon Center in Washington D.C.

Kansas guard Wayne Selden Jr. (1) is pressured by Georgetown forward Paul White (13) during the first half on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014 at Verizon Center in Washington D.C.

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Bill Self discusses 75-70 road victory vs. Georgetown.

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Brannen Greene and Kelly Oubre discuss victory at Georgetown

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KANSAS 75, GEORGETOWN 70

Box score

In what was equal parts sloppy, spectacular and wildly entertaining, the Kansas University men's basketball team traveled to Washington D.C. on Wednesday night and came away with a 75-70 victory over a scrappy Georgetown team.

The victory improved 10th-ranked KU to 7-1 overall this season and dropped the Hoyas to 5-3.

Kansas built a 13-point first-half lead and saw it shrink to two by halftime. That set the stage for a back-and-forth second half in which KU always seemed to maintain the upper hand. A big reason for that was the smooth shooting of Brannen Greene, who hit a career-best five three-pointers and finished with 19 points to help KU secure the victory.

Georgetown center Joshua Smith was a load for the Jayhawks to handle all night and he finished with 20 points. But KU drilled some timely jump shots and played tough defense at key moments to hold off Smith and the Hoyas.

Here’s a quick look back at some of the action:

• The game turned when: Greene hit back-to-back three-pointers early in the second half that turned a Georgetown lead into a game that KU controlled the rest of the way. The Hoyas never went away and it certainly was not easy for KU, but had Greene not hit those shots when he did, you got the sense that the Hoyas may have been moving toward building a pretty substantial lead.

• Offensive highlight: After a hard drive to the rim on the left side by Frank Mason III, the KU guard's runner bounced off the rim and missed. Cliff Alexander came charging down the lane and slapped the ball out of mid-air while hanging above everyone on the floor and the tap fell through to put Kansas up 24-13 with just over eight minutes to play in the first half. It wasn't as loud as Alexander's vicious dunks but it may have been more impressive as he showcased his athleticism and high motor to pick up the not-so-easy bucket. Alexander is so much more than just a big body. Of course, the back-to-back Greene three-pointers in the second half were highlight-worthy themselves.

• Defensive highlight: Moments after Perry Ellis had a shot at the rim rejected, Devonté Graham, who had just checked into the game for the first time, picked up one of his two steals on the night by picking the pocket of Georgetown's L.J. Peak in transition. The quick turnaround led to two points on the other end for the Jayhawks and showed, yet again, just how disruptive Graham can be defensively for this team. Later on, Alexander delivered a big-time block from behind Georgetown's Mikael Hopkins, who thought he had an easy layup. The block preserved a four-point KU lead with around five minutes to play.

• Key stat: Take your pick – free-throw shooting, three-point shooting or turnovers. The first two were the only reason the Jayhawks won the game and the last one was the reason they nearly didn't. KU hit 25 of 32 from the free-throw line, 10 of 17 from three-point range and turned it over 17 times. Luckily for Kansas, Georgetown turned it over just as many times and hit five fewer three-pointers.

• Up next: The Jayhawks return to the area this weekend and will take on Utah at 2:15 p.m. at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. The game will be shown on ESPN. The Utes are off to one of the best starts in school history and figure to be yet another solid challenge in a stretch of tough games for Kansas.

— See what people were saying about the game at our live blog.


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Comments

Rodney Crain 6 years, 10 months ago

Traylor who? Did not miss him this game, just shows how much of a no show he has been for us so far this season. I hope we notice him against Utah.

Game Ball - Greene, lights out shooting when it mattered. We do not win the game without him.

Clarence Haynes 6 years, 10 months ago

Lay off Traylor. We're going to need him in future games!

Rodney Crain 6 years, 10 months ago

Are you kidding Clarence? This better light a fire under him. He does not get a pass after his play this year and poor decision recently.

On the road, against a decent team, they beat FL too, without him we were able to hold our own and win. We did not even play real well and still won.

Traylor has not played at the level he played at last year, he has regressed. I think Self was right to have him make the trip and watch his team win a tough road game without him. If this does not motivate him on and off the court something else is wrong. I think it will.

You are right we are a better team with him playing like he did last year. We can win without him though, just showed it, another plus from tonights game. Let's see if he responds.

Clarence Haynes 6 years, 10 months ago

No, I'm not kidding! Yes, he hasn't played up to his potential. Yes, he hit a rough patch this weekend. Yeah, let's see if he responds. I've never met him but he's got my support. Yes, we are going to need him!

Eliott Reeder 6 years, 10 months ago

I kinda have to agree with both of you guys. Love Jamari and wish him all the success in the world, but man he sure seems to miss a lot of bunnies, and his body language on the court when he misses a shot or gets a foul called on him has always been terrible...

Bryce Landon 6 years, 10 months ago

KU is showing some toughness against a Big East team like G'Town. Glad to see it. I was afraid they didn't have it after the UK game.

Dirk Medema 6 years, 10 months ago

The UK game was also really early in our season, when they had already had 20 more practices because of a pre-season trip. They're still good, but the gap will narrow as the season progresses.

Michael Leiker 6 years, 10 months ago

Loved them being aggressive tonight, airball a shot, shoot another next trip; get a shot blocked, go hard next trip; turn it over, make a great pass next trip. This team plays like a bunch of NFL cornerbacks, love it. Really enjoying the fact that we are running offense looking for a 3 this year, it just changes the game. Have to keep looking for open jump shots.

Elias Dunlavy 6 years, 10 months ago

I question the intelligence of anybody who thinks we wont need Traylor this season

Titus Canby 6 years, 10 months ago

We need Traylor. He made one mistake off the court. We've all made a few. Just most of us aren't in the news on a daily basis.

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