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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Five Jayhawks reach double figures in road ‘W’ over Red Raiders

Kansas guard Frank Mason III, (0) saves a loose ball from going out of bounds during the first half on Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015 at United Supermarkets Arena.

Kansas guard Frank Mason III, (0) saves a loose ball from going out of bounds during the first half on Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015 at United Supermarkets Arena.

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After a fast start and a sluggish finish to the first half, the Kansas University men's basketball team settled down in the second half and quickly built a double-digit lead en route to blowing out Texas Tech, 73-51, in Lubbock, Texas.

The victory was the second pounding of Texas Tech by Kansas this season and it came in a place where the Red Raiders upset Iowa State a couple of weeks ago.

The Jayhawks, once again, were red hot from the outside, where they made 11 of 20 three-point tries, including 6 of 7 in the second half.

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Bill Self assesses KU's poor 1st half, strong 2nd half at Texas Tech

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self speaks with media members following the Jayhawks' road win at Texas Tech.

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Brannen Greene on KU's blowout win at Tech

Kansas sophomore wing Brannen Greene answers questions from the media after Kansas blew out Texas Tech Tuesday night, at Lubbock, Texas.

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KANSAS 73, TEXAS TECH 51

Box score

Five KU players reached double figures in scoring, led by 16 points from Wayne Selden Jr., who knocked in 4 of 7 three-pointers to lead KU's sharp shooting.

Perry Ellis added 14 points and nine rebounds and Frank Mason III, Cliff Alexander and Brannen Greene added 10 apiece.

Alexander's night, which included five rebounds and four blocks, came in just his second start of the season. He handled the opening tip in place of Jamari Traylor.

Mason added eight assists to his night.

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

• The game turned when: The Jayhawks opened the second half with a 10-5 run that pushed a five-point halftime lead to a double-digit lead early in the second half that KU played with most of the rest of the way.

• Offensive highlight: With the Jayhawks cruising toward the finish, Greene fired a full-court pass ahead to Mason after a Texas Tech turnover and as soon as Mason caught it he flipped it up to a charging Alexander, who flushed it to put KU up 63-39 with just over seven minutes to play. The play was a clear indicator that the Jayhawks had recovered some of the swagger that's been missing in road games since they knocked off Texas.

• Defensive highlight: Pick any one of the three first-half blocks that Alexander picked up in just his second start of the season. All three had a little venom behind them and set the tone for a solid night, energy- and effort-wise by Alexander.

• Key stat: KU's three-point shooting was clearly the story but the Jayhawks' defense should not be overlooked. KU held the Red Raiders to just 33 percent shooting (18-for-54) and also out-rebounded, out-blocked and out-stole the Red Raiders.

• Up next: The Jayhawks return home Saturday, when they'll take on No. 21 Baylor at Allen Fieldhouse. The last time these two faced each other,the Jayhawks beat the Bears 56-55 Jan. 7 in Waco, Texas, in a hard-fought Big 12 opener for Kansas.

— See what people were saying about the game during the KUsports.com live game blog.

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By the Numbers: Kansas wins at Texas Tech, 73-51

By the Numbers: Kansas wins at Texas Tech, 73-51

Comments

JD Roth 7 years, 5 months ago

The University of Kansas played a solid second half and won going away. KU has a two game lead in the loss column with seven to play and this team continues to show signs of being a tough out in the big dance. Still, sloppy play can still hamper a deep run if it is not corrected. Keep working towards an eleventh consecutive Big XII Crown.

Steve Zimmerman 7 years, 5 months ago

Switching to outside threat. Good coaching. Kudos to coach Self & staff. Gotta find other way to win. Opponents have learnt we don't have good low-post players or plays. Greene is our secret weapon. We will see a tightening D on perimeters, but that's the beauty. We can still score from inside!! Go Hawks!

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