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Jayhawk report Jayhawk report (March 2)

  • Published Saturday, March 2, 2013, at 7:38 p.m.

Saturday’s box score

No. 6 Kansas 91,

West Virginia 66

W.VIRGINIAMinFG-AFT-AOR-TRAPFPT
Kilicli253-51-14-5407
Noreen291-40-13-5132
Staten201-41-21-3703
Harris354-173-41-51011
Humphrey71-30-00-0043
Rutledge204-109-106-130317
Hinds190-50-01-2020
Brown20-10-00-0000
Browne80-10-21-2020
Henderson287-140-02-40020
Murray71-30-00-0052
Totals20022-6714-2020-41131965

Percentages: FG .328, FT .700. 3-Point Goals: 7-21, .333 (Henderson 6-9, Humphrey 1-1, Murray 0-1, Brown 0-1, Hinds 0-2, Noreen 0-2, Harris 0-5). Team Rebounds: 2. Blocked Shots: 4 (Murray 2, Henderson, Kilicli). Turnovers: 15 (Kilicli 5, Rutledge 3, Noreen 2, Hinds 2, Humphrey, Henderson, Staten). Steals: 6 (Rutledge 2, Noreen, Henderson, Humphrey, Hinds). Technical Fouls: None.

KANSASMinFG-AFT-AOR-TRAPFPT
Young283-40-01-2426
Withey327-80-11-100114
Johnson354-81-11-510212
McLemore3012-157-90-74136
Releford252-82-20-0226
Tharpe193-50-00-0628
Adams31-20-20-0002
White III21-30-01-3012
Wesley40-00-11-2010
Manning41-20-00-0023
Self20-00-00-0100
Roberts30-00-00-0100
Garrett20-00-00-0000
Traylor40-30-01-1140
Ellis70-22-20-2022
Totals20034-6012-189-36292091

Percentages: FG .567, FT .667. 3-Point Goals: 11-18, .611 (McLemore 5-6, Johnson 3-4, Tharpe 2-2, Manning 1-2, White III 0-1, Releford 0-3). Team Rebounds: 4. Blocked Shots: 13 (Withey 9, Young 3, Johnson). Turnovers: 11 (Johnson 4, McLemore 2, Releford 2, Young, Ellis, Self). Steals: 9 (Young 2, Tharpe 2, Manning, McLemore, Johnson, Releford, Roberts). Technical Fouls: None.

West Virginia

313465
Kansas454691

Att.–16,300. Officials–Mike Stuart, Doug Sirmons, Keith Kimble.

Triple-double blocked

Kansas senior center Jeff Withey tried to take a politically correct stance after Saturday’s 91-65 victory over West Virginia. Withey may have gotten more than the nine blocks he was credited with, but he said he was happy with nine.

“I probably had 10,” said Withey, who also had 14 points and 10 rebounds. “It’s all right. Nine is a lot, and I did a lot of work for that. And as long as I get the win, I’m usually pretty happy.”

KU coach Bill Self also believed that Withey had more blocks than the official total.

“Our stat crew, I know does a great job,” Self said. “But I think that one may be worth revisiting.”

Still, Withey got at least nine blocks for the third time this season — and the first time in conference play. He had a career-high 12 blocks against San Jose State, and finished with nine blocks against Temple. After Saturday’s performance, his Big 12-record career total increased to 281 blocked shots.

“He makes it hard for everybody to score inside,” West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said. “He is the best shot-blocker in the country.”

Milestones

Elijah Johnson followed up his 39-point performance against Iowa State with his third career double-double, finishing with 12 points and 10 assists. Johnson’s 10 assists tied a career high, and he also caught and finished a one-handed alley-oop in the second half, punctuating the move with an impromptu flex.

“I didn’t even realize I did it,” Johnson said. “That’s just how I felt at the time. It dawned on me like, ‘That was too strong.’ ”

Johnson was 3 of 4 from three-point range. He was 9 of 14 from behind the arc in his last two games after going 7 for 30 in his previous six games.

Senior forward Kevin Young, who spent his first two seasons at Loyola Marymount, surpassed 1,000 points for his career on Saturday. His six points gave him 1,004, spread across two schools. He has 346 points in two seasons at Kansas.

— Rustin Dodd

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