Kansas defeats Fort Hays State, 101-52

  • 7 p.m., Nov. 8, 2011
  • Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, KS

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Wait and see: Thomas Robinson solid in delayed debut

Kansas teammates Travis Releford, left, Thomas Robinson and Justin Wesley strike a similar pose as the three wait to check into the game against Fort Hays State during the first half on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas teammates Travis Releford, left, Thomas Robinson and Justin Wesley strike a similar pose as the three wait to check into the game against Fort Hays State during the first half on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011 at Allen Fieldhouse.



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Kansas defeated Fort Hays State, 101-52 on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Thomas Robinson’s season debut — which was delayed a week — definitely was worth the wait.

Kansas University’s 6-foot-10, 237-pound junior power forward, who missed the exhibition opener against Pittsburg State because of a hyperextended left knee, exploded for 22 points, grabbed 12 rebounds, dished five assists and blocked four shots while logging 28 minutes in KU’s 101-52 dismantling of Fort Hays State on Tuesday in Allen Fieldhouse.

“I was quite more nervous than I thought I would be before the game,” Robinson said. “As soon as I got out there, I felt like I was home again.”

Robinson, who hit nine of 19 shots and four of seven free throws, said being nervous was only natural.

“I don’t think it’s ever going to go away — just being anxious,” he said. “I’ve been waiting six months to play against some other faces. We’ve been beating up against each other all summer. I was anxious to get out there and play against somebody else.”

Robinson opened the scoring off an inbounds pass under the goal from former Brewster Academy teammate Naadir Tharpe (19 points, seven assists, two turnovers, five steals 29 minutes). Much later — with 8:11 to play — he finished a vicious one-handed slam off a throw-ahead pass, again from Tharpe.

Robinson’s dunk — as well as freshman Merv Lindsay’s jam to give KU its 100th point — probably ranked as the two fan-favorite plays of the game.

“It was sloppy,” Robinson said of his dunk. “I wanted to make it better than that. It was cool. I just wanted to test the knee out.”

His knee passed that test, just as Robinson drew an A for effort his first time out.

“I thought he played pretty well,” KU coach Bill Self said. Robinson’s only blemish was going 0-for-2 from three-point range. “He was a little tight early. He got the first basket of the game, then made a little 14-footer after that. He was in good rhythm. I think he was under control and did some nice things.”

Self mentioned Robinson’s five assists. As a team, KU had 20 assists against 10 turnovers. Fort Hays State finished with 22 turnovers, nine assists. One notable assist was Robinson’s dish to Jeff Withey (nine points, five rebounds) for a slam which took place on the KU possession immediately after Robinson’s one-handed jam.

“He still needs to get down in his stance on defense and guard his man before he catches the ball, but I thought he was pretty good,” Self said of Robinson.

Conner Teahan scored 14 points off 5-of-5 shooting (2-for-2 from three), while Justin Wesley (6-of-6 from the line) had 12 points and Travis Releford 11. The Jayhawks hit 59.3 percent of their shots to Fort Hays State’s 32.7 percent.

“Conner has really been good shooting the ball,” Self said. “He goes 5-for-5 in the first half, and all of them are deep except one. We were pretty efficient. We took care of the ball and guarded a little bit better. We can’t get excited. We have to do better, but this was a better team effort than what we had last week (in 84-55 victory over Pittsburg State).

KU will meet Towson at 7 p.m. Friday in Allen in the season-opener for both teams.


jayhawker_97 10 years, 6 months ago

admiral Robinson is back & he is 100% ready!!! let's roll, Jayhawks!!

KGphoto 10 years, 6 months ago

I'm pretty sure David Robinson burned any college eligibility after he played 14 years in the NBA.

Mr. Zero looked good though.

LAJayhawk 10 years, 6 months ago

I could be mistaken, but I'm fairly certain that the Admiral wasn't David Robinson's nickname, but his ACTUAL military ranking...

Curtis Stutz 10 years, 6 months ago

Sorry LAJhawk, Naval Academy grads go into the Navy as an Ensign and it takes usually 20-25 on active duty to achieve the rank of Admiral Ensign, Lt JG, Lt, Lt Commander, Commander, CAPTAIN (all caps are important) then you get to the Admiral ranks.

But it's a classic nickname we shouldn't be putting on TRob Mr Robinson's neighborhood on the other hand can be thrown out willy nilly for anyone that blocks shots like either of the two

Alohahawk 10 years, 6 months ago

TRob played 28 minutes. That's a little more than I would have expected, but if his knee is fine, no problem. As the article mentioned, he needed to get some game experience back to get the rust off and settle the nerves. An important stat: TRob only had one foul. Plus, he had four blocks. However, that could easily change in more competitive game situations. And with whomever the ref's are who are calling the games.

Still like to see our rebounding edge improve: Plus ten against Division II isn't that great. Young with 9 is a nice benefit, when added to TRob's 12.

Freethrow percentage (74%) was much better, but could still use some improvement.

The Hawks are looking pretty solid at the point guard position, with Taylor, Johnson and Tharpe. Tharpe is definitely earning his future playing time. This being only his second game, his passing/assist to turnovers improved almost overnight. And his shooting accuracy has been unbelievable. Taylor and Johnson sitting out these two exposition games may be a huge benefit for the Hawks in the future. As Self had indicated, Tharpe is much better than his ranking. Makes losing Josh Turner (considered one of the best point guards in the 2011 class) to Arizona that much easier to except. So far, Turner has had two less than exemplary exposition games. Can't wait to see Tharpe and Johnson hook up with some lobs all season.

KU's shooting percentages for both games have been much better than I had expected, but has to be taken with a grain of salt, considering the competition.

Overall, a nice game, especially since KU still hasn't played with a full deck yet.

Three days and counting till season blastoff. Then, Self can lay all his cards on the table.

Redlandsjhawk 10 years, 6 months ago

Also in a blowout the other team starts throwing up wild shots from beyond the arc which makes for some long rebounds. Those are always 50-50 balls and will skew the stats.

Alohahawk 10 years, 6 months ago

Mahalo for the "exposition/exhibition" correction. My mind must have been into the stats, or in limbo. Definitely wasn't in my dictionary.

Bryan Fisher 10 years, 6 months ago

Had it not been an exhibition game it would have been there.

texashawk10 10 years, 6 months ago

Justin Wesley and Kevin Young were both in the SC top 10 last week after the Pitt St. game.

Chris Shaw 10 years, 6 months ago

Great story! Thanks for providing the link!

Chris Shaw 10 years, 6 months ago

Let me rephrase.......terrible story, but glad I took the time to read it.

Tony Bandle 10 years, 6 months ago

"EVERYBODY"...please stop, clink on this link and read this story.

If your eyes don't tear up with sorrow and pride, I will pay off your mortgages!!

FLJHK 10 years, 6 months ago

Damn! Just blew my chance to have my mortgage paid off.

Steve Kubler 10 years, 6 months ago

Glad I'm in the office alone today, you definitely don't need to worry about my mortgage.

nuleafjhawk 10 years, 6 months ago

Sigh..........I really would have liked to have had that mortgage paid off.

Brak 10 years, 6 months ago

Darn you for you posting that story, now I have to explain to all my coworkers why I am balling like a little baby at work. Maybe this article deserves a "NSFW" designation.

JayHawkFanToo 10 years, 6 months ago

After reading the article, not a dry eye in this household.

Alohahawk 10 years, 6 months ago

Mo norgate pahmet for md ejtyre.* Sorry. I had to stop and dry my eyes, because I couldn't see the keyboard. (I've always been a two finger hunt and pick typist.)

The story tells it all, from different points of view and with honorable intentions to all involved.

Thomas is a true Jayhawk, both at heart and in soul. He will always be one of my favorites to root for.

*No mortgage payment for me, either.

rwhawk 10 years, 6 months ago

Great picture the three in the same pose! Well done.

REHawk 10 years, 6 months ago

That is a terrific picture. Nick Krug is off and running for another fine photograpic season!

justinryman 10 years, 6 months ago

exploded for 22 points, grabbed 12 rebounds, dished five assists and blocked four shots while logging 28 minutes

Those are some really nice numbers for just over a half of playing time.

Can't wait to see more.

cobweb 10 years, 6 months ago

TRob is great but we were playing a high school team. Please.

JayHawkFanToo 10 years, 6 months ago

What a pleasant surprise Tharpe has been so far. He is definitely what coaches call a "coach-able"player; his nine-to two turnover turnaround speaks volumes about his willingness to listen to his coaches. His scoring is an added bonus. He might end up being the steal of the recruiting class. It would not surprise me to see a three guard lineup from time to time.

REHawk 10 years, 6 months ago

Never blink. Man O Man, that was one powerful ESPN article! Another touch of class from Bill Self, hoping that Thomas can grab the brass ring this spring and fulfill his dreams, even though the Jayhawks would miss him tremendously his senior season. T-Robs's saga springs forth as legendary Jayhawk history. If this squad bonds and blends with his sense of purpose, Jayhawk Nation is certainly in for another exciting ride.

plotku 10 years, 6 months ago

Perry Ellis signed his LOI this morning, making it official.

Steve Brown 10 years, 6 months ago

I don't favor the owners or the players yet want it to end so Twins can get $$without having to borrow more from agents, wonder if it is at payday loan rates, funny. Glad TRob didn't explore NBA last year, with lock out and stay healthy and cash in this year. Wasn't our last #1 pick Danny? None after him right? Sullinger or TRob time will tell.

Read it yesterday and haven't stopped balling..thank you Angel and Hinson and everyone. Seems as if Jayla has an army of fans will do anything for her. BTW can't read it today again, just can't face the emotions.


Mighty proud to have TRob play for us.

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