Sunday’s box score
No. 6 Kansas 69, Temple 62
Percentages: FG .302, FT .769. 3-Point Goals: 4-17, .235 (Wyatt 3-8, Cummings 1-3, Pepper 0-2, Randall 0-4). Team Rebounds: 1. Blocked Shots: 2 (DiLeo, O’Brien). Turnovers: 4 (Lee 2, Cummings, Wyatt). Steals: 8 (Hollis-Jefferson 2, Wyatt 2, Pepper 2, Cummings, O’Brien). Technical Fouls: None.
Percentages: FG .436, FT .889. 3-Point Goals: 5-14, .357 (Releford 2-2, Tharpe 1-2, McLemore 1-4, Johnson 1-5, Young 0-1). Team Rebounds: 4. Blocked Shots: 12 (Withey 9, Johnson, Ellis, Young). Turnovers: 14 (Johnson 5, Releford 2, Tharpe 2, Withey 2, Young, Traylor, McLemore). Steals: 1 (McLemore). Technical Fouls: None.
Att.–16,300. Officials–Gary Maxwell, J.B. Caldwell, Bert Smith.
Releford rallies late
For what felt like the first time all season, Kansas was forced to play without one of its core players for a long stretch in the second half. Senior guard Travis Releford picked up his fourth foul with more than 15 minutes remaining, and he didn’t return until after the 7-minute mark.
Sophomore guard Naadir Tharpe was forced to log 19 minutes, and KU coach Bill Self also played freshman Andrew White III for three minutes to spell Ben McLemore (38 minutes) and Elijah Johnson (37 minutes).
“It’s tough,” Releford said. “I don’t do it often. So I just knew I had to stay focused, and once I got in there, not try to do too much. And not get another foul.”
Self said he had gotten on Releford at halftime for some sloppy play in the first half.
And when Releford returned, the Jayhawks trailed 54-50. They finished the game on a 19-8 run, with Releford making a three with 37 seconds left.
“He got into me,” Releford said. “I can’t really relay the message … But he just let me know that I needed to change it.”
McLemore’s off day
KU freshman guard Ben McLemore made some key plays, but he never seemed to find his rhythm on offense. He finished with 13 points on 5-of-12 shooting while adding five rebounds.
“Ben was never plugged in offensively the whole game it seemed like,” Self said. “And that wasn’t his fault. That’s our fault. We did a bad job plugging him in. But we never had any rhythm offensively.”
KU senior Kevin Young, who finished 6 of 6 from the free-throw line, entered the game shooting 56 percent from the foul line. Young also added his first double-double, scoring 16 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.… KU has now won 30 straight games at Allen Fieldhouse.
— Rustin Dodd