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.
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.