University of Kansas

Jayhawk report (Jan. 19)

Saturday’s box score

No. 4 Kansas 64, Texas 59

KANSAS Min FG-A FT-A OR-TR A PF PT
Young 22 2-3 2-2 2-3 0 3 6
Withey 32 4-6 6-9 2-9 4 3 14
Johnson 34 1-11 4-4 0-4 2 1 6
McLemore 37 6-10 2-2 2-6 1 1 16
Releford 35 4-8 4-4 1-4 2 2 12
Tharpe 16 2-6 0-0 0-0 1 0 5
White III 4 0-1 0-0 1-2 0 0 0
Traylor 8 0-2 1-2 0-1 0 2 1
Ellis 12 1-4 2-2 1-6 0 1 4
Totals 200 20-51 21-25 9-36 10 13 64

Percentages: FG .392, FT .840. 3-Point Goals: 3-11, .273 (McLemore 2-3, Tharpe 1-3, White III 0-1, Releford 0-2, Johnson 0-2). Team Rebounds: 1. Blocked Shots: 6 (Withey 3, Young, McLemore, Releford). Turnovers: 15 (McLemore 4, Johnson 3, Young 2, Withey 2, Releford 2, Ellis, Tharpe). Steals: 10 (McLemore 2, Young 2, Releford 2, Tharpe, Ellis, Withey, Johnson). Technical Fouls: None.

TEXAS Min FG-A FT-A OR-TR A PF PT
Holmes 14 4-5 1-2 1-1 0 5 10
Papapetrou 30 2-5 0-0 0-5 1 3 6
Ridley 25 2-4 0-2 2-4 0 2 4
Felix 29 2-5 1-2 0-2 4 3 6
Lewis 31 5-10 0-1 0-7 3 1 11
McClellan 28 8-18 0-0 0-1 1 1 18
Holland 14 1-4 0-0 1-2 1 0 2
Bond 8 0-0 0-0 1-2 1 0 0
Lammert 11 1-4 0-1 0-0 3 3 2
Ibeh 10 0-1 0-0 0-2 0 3 0
Totals 200 25-56 2-8 6-29 14 21 59

Percentages: FG .446, FT .250. 3-Point Goals: 7-18, .389 (Papapetrou 2-3, McClellan 2-5, Felix 1-1, Holmes 1-2, Lewis 1-4, Lammert 0-3). Team Rebounds: 3. Blocked Shots: 1 (Holmes). Turnovers: 14 (Felix 3, Holmes 2, Papapetrou 2, Holland 2, Ibeh 2, Lewis 2, McClellan). Steals: 9 (Holmes 3, Holland 3, Lammert, McClellan, Lewis). Technical Fouls: None.

Kansas

2638–64Texas 28 31 – 59

Att.–14,312. Officials–Mike Stuart, David Hall, Rick Crawford.

Johnson struggles

Senior guard Elijah Johnson preferred not to talk about his own personal struggles and shooting woes on Saturday.

“It’s irrelevant,” Johnson said.

But when asked about center Jeff Withey’s impact on the game, he was able to confront his nightmarish day from the field. Johnson scored six points on 1-of-11 shooting, accounting for nearly a third of the Jayhawks 31 missed field goals.

“I took 11 layups tonight,” Johnson said. “I didn’t make nothing, but one.”

Johnson’s off game came against a Texas defense that ranks among the nation’s best at making teams miss. But after 17 games, Johnson has yet to be the offensive weapon he was during KU’s run to the Final Four last season. He is shooting 40.5 percent overall and 34.7 percent from three-point range.

“It wasn’t close,” Self said. “The ball didn’t have much of a chance to go in. It was one of those nights for him. Elijah has played pretty well. He just hasn’t made shots, like he did at the end of last year. And certainly, that will help us when he starts doing it.”

Rough patch

Kansas nearly buried itself with an awful stretch of play in the opening minutes of the second half. After trailing 28-26 at halftime, KU committed five turnovers in a five-minute stretch as Texas took a 42-31 lead.

“That was as bad as you could start a second half,” Self said.  

— Rustin Dodd

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