LAWRENCE | After playing 12 minutes in the first half, Kansas junior guard Brandon Rush relaxed for the entire second half and watched his teammates finish off Washburn 92-60 on Thursday night.
Rush’s return from a June 1 surgery on his torn right ACL served as a major boost for KU, which looked sloppy early playing without injured point guard Sherron Collins for the first time. The Jayhawks were tied with Washburn 6-6 before Rush entered the game just before the first TV timeout to a standing ovation.
Rush, a Kansas City native, scored his first basket of the season with a teardrop in the lane at the 12:14 mark and finished the half with 7 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists. KU led Washburn 34-18 at the intermission.
Rush was far from tentative in his return, slashing several times to the basket and taking contact. He also used his length to block a shot. Rush, who has been vigilant about his rehab, returned to game action about two weeks before his predicted return of Dec. 1.
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Kansas power forward Darrell Arthur led the Jayhawks with 14 points and 5 rebounds. Darnell Jackson, Sasha Kaun and Mario Chalmers each added 10 points.
In what is quickly becoming a trend in this young season, KU shot poorly from the free-throw line, making only 19 of 33 attempts.
The Jayhawks, 3-0, are off until Wednesday when they host Northern Arizona.