CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. | Boston College had climbed to within 14, and suddenly Conte Forum had life. Kansas had been here before, on the road with a comfortable lead. At Southern California and Georgia Tech, the Jayhawks lost control of the game.
Not this time. Darnell Jackson got an easy bucket. Russell Robinson forced a turnover. Darrell Arthur was fouled on a lob and hit two free throws. Arthur grabbed an offensive rebound and dropped it in. And Sherron Collins stole the ball at halfcourt and completed a fantastic, falling lefthanded layup. Silence.
That 8-0 run propelled KU to an 85-60 victory and showed that the Jayhawks just might have learned how to finish. And just in time for Big 12 play, which begins next Saturday at Nebraska.
The No. 3 Jayhawks were led by big men Darnell Jackson and Darrell Arthur, who scored 25 and 22 points, respectively. It was the first time all season KU had two 20-point scorers in the same game. The way Jackson and Arthur were playing, there was no need for balance on Saturday.
Kansas led 47-29 at halftime and by 25 early in the second half. The only thing worth watching for was if Kansas would be able to hold onto its lead unlike at USC and Georgia Tech. At USC, KU coughed up an 8-point lead with two minutes left. At Georgia Tech, KU lost a 13-point lead with five minutes to play and an 8-point lead with one minute left.