Three Kansas University basketball players sat at the interview table after the Jayhawks survived 16 second-half turnovers and a talented Long Beach State team to win, 88-80, Tuesday night in Allen Fieldhouse.
Kansas University forward Thomas Robinson was asked if his 26-point, 11-rebound performance against Long Beach State on Tuesday sent a message to Ohio State preseason All-America big man Jared Sullinger.
Long Beach State coach Dan Monson figured the best way to contain Kansas University junior Thomas Robinson was to make KU’s 6-foot-9, 237-pound monster of a man hang around the perimeter as often as possible. Oops.
Sure, it was great that Thomas Robinson scored a career-high 26 points and dandy that Jeff Withey nearly recorded a triple-double with 13 points, 13 rebounds and nine blocks.
Kansas University junior center Jeff Withey came close to a triple-double with 13 points, 13 rebounds and nine blocks in 31 minutes.
Kansas coach Bill Self talks to reporters following the Jayhawks' 88-80 victory over Long Beach State on Dec. 6, 2011.
Thomas Robinson scored 26 points to go with 14 rebounds, leading the Kansas men's basketball team to an 88-80 victory over Long Beach State on Tuesday night.
Robinson made 10 of 14 shots, which included an 8-for-8 performance in the first half.
A James Ennis three-pointer cut KU's lead to 84-80 with 44 seconds left, but two free throws each from Tyshawn Taylor and Jeff Withey helped KU close out the win.
Withey finished a block short of a triple-double, ending with 13 points, 13 rebounds and nine blocks.
KU won despite 22 turnovers, with 16 of those coming in the second half. The Jayhawks were also foul-prone, surrendering 37 free throws.
Conner Teahan (14), Taylor (12) and Travis Releford (10) added double-figure scoring.
KU (6-2) will play host to Ohio State at 2:15 p.m. Saturday.