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Kansas defeats Long Beach State, 88-80

  • 8 p.m., Dec. 6, 2011
  • Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, KS
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Conner Teahan plays big for Jayhawks

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.

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KU’s Thomas Robinson ready for OSU’s Jared Sullinger

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.

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LBSU’s gamble on Thomas Robinson backfires

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.

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Not great late: KU’s carelessness has Bill Self steaming

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.

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Gary Bedore's KU notebook: Jeff Withey close to triple-double

Kansas University junior center Jeff Withey came close to a triple-double with 13 points, 13 rebounds and nine blocks in 31 minutes.

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KU vs. Long Beach State

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KU coach Bill Self

Kansas coach Bill Self talks to reporters following the Jayhawks' 88-80 victory over Long Beach State on Dec. 6, 2011.

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FINAL: KU holds off Long Beach State, 88-80

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.

KU coach Bill Self postgame press conference.

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