Thomas Robinson, Elijah Johnson step up during Tyshawn Taylor's absence


1. Thomas Robinson: Had 16 points and 13 rebounds, both game-high totals.

2. Elijah Johnson: Had three early turnovers but once he shook the cobwebs he had a good game at both ends. Made 6 of 8 field goals and 3 of 4 three-pointers and did a nice job of running the team in the second half while the regular point guard battled leg cramps. Played big role in Detroit’s perimeter players shooting poorly.

3. Jeff Withey: A defensive force with five blocked shots, Withey added seven points, nine rebounds and two assists, including a quick feed of Robinson early.

4. Tyshawn Taylor: Took one horrible shot, a guarded three from the top of the key, but for the most part played well at both ends, blowing by Ray McCallum on the way to the hoop and keeping McCallum from doing the same. Elevated high and protected the ball to score on drives against taller players helping out. Made 5 of 8 field goals.

5. Kevin Young: Has developed into an energetic presence off the bench. Produced nine points, three rebounds and two assists in 22 minutes, redeeming himself for an ill-advised shot in the first half.

6. Travis Releford: Needs to get more rebounds than three in 29 minutes. Scored five points and played solid defense.

7. Conner Teahan: All of his three-point shots looked pure, but only one of them stayed in. Hustled his way to three rebounds and a steal.

8. Naadir Tharpe: Looked more aggressive but couldn’t get any of his three shots, including a left-handed layup, to go down. Made a nice drive-and-dish that sent Young to the line.

9. Justin Wesley: Checked in during final minute.

10. Jordan Juenemann: Checked in during final minute.

The Keegan Ratings: Season Standings
1. Thomas Robinson (302 points)
2. Tyshawn Taylor (284 points)
3. Jeff Withey (253 points)
4. Elijah Johnson (235 points)
5. Travis Releford (220 points)
6. Conner Teahan (174 points)
7. Kevin Young (152 points)
8. Justin Wesley (115 points)
9. Naadir Tharpe (84 points)
10. Merv Lindsay (11 points)
11. Jordan Juenemann (9 points)


Joel Thomas 9 years, 1 month ago

Agree. Solid, get-your-feet-wet effort.

Alohahawk 9 years, 1 month ago

EJ - Way to hit those shots. All of them, not just the 3's. Keep driving the lane and KU will be in the Final Four. Withey and Releford - Great defense. Not a ton of points, but came through when the offense needed a change of pace. KY - Solid minutes, giving TRob and Withey some necessary breathers. TT - Too bad about the cramps, or KU would have retained or added to that 20+ advantage. Perhaps the cramps will be a blessing in disguise. More rest this game, which may translate to more energy against Purdue. Look forward to shutting down Robbie Hubbell, the same way McCullum was today. TRob. What can one say, except, "Great game, as usual. KU and it's fans are spoiled." I believe the announcers said that TRob now leads the nation with 24 double-doubles. And, "Congratulations!", to the entire coaching staff. On a day when the #2 seeds were targeted for upsets, it makes this win that much more satisfying. One game down. One game at a time. Purdue, you're next! R C J H G K U !!! (all caps)

Alohahawk 9 years, 1 month ago

So what happened to the separations I made between the descriptions for each player? This makes it look like a mish-mash of thoughts.

Marcia Parsons 9 years, 1 month ago

It seemed like Withey had more than five blocks.

Marcia Parsons 9 years, 1 month ago

It seemed like Withey had more than five blocks.

FoCoCoHawk 9 years, 1 month ago

we need one more bench player to come in and perform with the energy and toughness KYoung showed last night.

Who wants to punk out a UNC big when it really counts?

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