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Jayhawk report Jayhawk report (Dec. 15)

  • Published Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, at 11 p.m.
  • Updated Monday, Dec. 24, 2012, at 2:49 p.m.

Saturday’s box score

Kansas 89, Belmont 60

BELMONTMinFG-AFT-AOR-TRAPFPT
Jenkins261-52-21-3224
Noack268-140-01-80319
Johnson283-82-21-2429
Mann282-80-00-3115
Clark282-90-00-3305
Lang81-31-20-2003
Laidig90-50-00-0110
Mobley61-20-00-1003
Turner61-21-21-1014
Chamberlain141-30-00-2312
Bradshaw92-40-00-2104
Barnes50-02-20-0002
Baker70-10-00-2040
Totals20022-648-108-34151560

Percentages: FG .344, FT .800. 3-Point Goals: 8-38, .211 (Noack 3-8, Mobley 1-2, Johnson 1-2, Turner 1-2, Mann 1-6, Clark 1-7, Baker 0-1, Jenkins 0-2, Chamberlain 0-2, Bradshaw 0-2, Laidig 0-4). Team Rebounds: 5. Blocked Shots: 2 (Laidig, Chamberlain). Turnovers: 17 (Clark 5, Johnson 3, Noack 2, Chamberlain 2, Turner 2, Mann, Lang, Baker). Steals: 7 (Chamberlain 2, Clark, Laidig, Mann, Mobley, Barnes). Technical Fouls: None.

KANSASMinFG-AFT-AOR-TRAPFPT
Young163-82-44-6228
Withey245-104-40-41214
Johnson303-60-00-5927
McLemore296-71-10-53017
Releford296-93-32-54017
Tharpe191-40-00-3432
Adams30-10-00-0000
White III106-80-00-20115
Wesley00-00-00-0000
Manning30-00-00-0010
Self30-10-00-0010
Roberts60-40-00-0110
Garrett30-00-00-2000
Traylor121-10-01-5002
Ellis132-63-40-2117
Totals20033-6513-167-41251489

Percentages: FG .508, FT .813. 3-Point Goals: 10-21, .476 (McLemore 4-5, White III 3-5, Releford 2-2, Johnson 1-4, Self 0-1, Roberts 0-2, Tharpe 0-2). Team Rebounds: 2. Blocked Shots: 7 (Withey 5, Traylor, McLemore). Turnovers: 11 (Ellis 2, McLemore 2, Releford 2, Traylor, Garrett, Johnson, Young, Roberts). Steals: 10 (Releford 3, Johnson, White III, Roberts, Tharpe, McLemore, Young, Wesley). Technical Fouls: None.

Belmont

283260
Kansas444589

Att.–16,300. Officials–Gerry Pollard, Darron George, Antinio Petty.

McLemore from deep

As Kansas coach Bill Self said, perhaps it was just the law of averages.

Ben McLemore made four of five shots from behind the three-point line while busting out of a minislump from behind the arc.

McLemore, who had 17 points, had been KU’s leading scorer, averaging 16 points in the Jayhawks’ first eight games. But he’d also made just 31 percent of his three-point shots. It was a percentage, Self said, that probably didn’t jibe with his ability.

“When he can consistently stretch it,” Self said, “that’ll set up him (driving) and doing some things, and making him a much more efficient offensive player.”

On Saturday, McLemore was pretty efficient. He missed just one of his seven shots and completed an alley-oop-and-one at the halftime buzzer.

“I just give thanks to Elijah for the pass,” McLemore said. “And I just went up and just dunked it real quick and got the foul.”

For now, Self said he’s less concerned with McLemore’s offensive numbers — and more concerned with his aggressiveness on that end of the floor.

“He’s gonna shoot more than seven times probably every game for the rest of the year,” Self said. “But he was patient.”

Worth noting

Kansas has now won 60 straight games against nonconference opponents at Allen Fieldhouse. The last loss came against Oral Roberts on Nov. 15, 2006.… Jeff Withey had 14 points and five blocks, giving him 50 blocked shots in nine games.… The 38 three-pointers that Belmont attempted tied for the second most all time against Kansas. Kentucky attempted 40 three-pointers on Dec. 9, 1989.

— Rustin Dodd

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