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Jayhawk report Jayhawk report (March 15)

  • Published Saturday, March 16, 2013, at 12:04 a.m.

Friday’s box score

No. 7 Kansas 88,

Iowa St. 73

IOWA ST.MinFG-AFT-AOR-TRAPFPT
Babb342-73-41-4138
Ejim326-104-64-70417
Lucious282-100-01-1725
Clyburn292-82-20-5018
Niang308-141-12-42419
Palo120-10-00-1000
Booker72-40-01-1034
Gibson70-00-20-2000
McGee214-102-21-30012
Totals20026-6412-1712-30101773

Percentages: FG .406, FT .706. 3-Point Goals: 9-33, .273 (Clyburn 2-4, McGee 2-6, Niang 2-6, Ejim 1-3, Babb 1-5, Lucious 1-7, Booker 0-1, Palo 0-1). Team Rebounds: 2. Blocked Shots: 0. Turnovers: 14 (Lucious 4, Clyburn 4, Niang 3, McGee 2, Palo). Steals: 10 (Lucious 5, Niang 2, Ejim, Babb, Palo). Technical Fouls: None.

KANSASMinFG-AFT-AOR-TRAPFPT
Withey295-124-61-61414
Johnson344-124-50-37214
McLemore314-50-00-70210
Releford363-92-24-6219
Young102-30-04-6124
Tharpe224-60-01-2808
Wesley10-00-00-0000
Traylor101-34-40-1016
Ellis2810-123-32-60223
Totals20133-6217-2013-40191488

Percentages: FG .532, FT .850. 3-Point Goals: 5-19, .263 (McLemore 2-3, Johnson 2-8, Releford 1-6, Tharpe 0-2). Team Rebounds: 3. Blocked Shots: 5 (Traylor 2, Johnson, Withey, Young). Turnovers: 16 (McLemore 6, Johnson 5, Withey 2, Releford 2, Tharpe). Steals: 4 (Ellis 2, Johnson, Tharpe). Technical Fouls: McLemore, Bench.

Iowa St.

314273
Kansas355388

Att.–19,160. Officials–John Higgins, Mike Stuart, Terry Oglesby.

Young to return

Kansas coach Bill Self said Kevin Young should be available for Saturday night’s Big 12 championship game after Young suffered a lower-leg injury during Friday night’s victory over Iowa State.

Young, who played just 10 minutes, suffered the injury midway through the first half. He returned for the second half before re-aggravating the injury, which Young said was right above his right ankle.

“I’m fine,” Young said after the game. “I’m able to run now … I could have back in there.”

Young headed to the locker room for X-Rays, which turned out negative, during the second half. He then returned and played fan as freshman Perry Ellis finished with a career-high 23 points.

“I loved it,” Young said of Ellis’ performance. “Being on the bench, I felt like a spectator, and it was just amazing to see him actually come out and have a breakout game. And we’ve all been waiting for this.”

Self help

During Self’s first-half tirade at the officials, KU assistants Norm Roberts and Kurtis Townsend stepped up to hold back their boss. They got some help from KU freshman walk-on Tyler Self, who said he hadn’t seen his dad that worked up in a while.

“Toward the end of the rant,” Tyler Self said, “I tried to step in front of him and in-between the ref. I think he had everything under control. Just precautionary.”

Worth noting

Kansas improved to 34-8 all-time in the Big 12 Tournament and advanced to the championship game for the first time since 2011, when Self won his fifth Big 12 tourney title. The Jayhawks also beat Kansas State in the 2010 final.… Self’s victory was his 20th in the Big 12 tourney, tying him with Texas coach Rick Barnes for the most all-time.… KU’s bench scored 37 points on Friday, just a day after scoring 39 points in Thursday’s victory over Texas Tech. Those are the two highest bench totals of the season.

— Rustin Dodd

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