No. 17 Jayhawks roll to 89-34 win over Howard
LAWRENCE, Kan.—Tyshawn Taylor and Connor Teahan scored 13 points each, and No. 17 Kansas emptied its bench during an 89-34 blowout of overmatched, undersized Howard on Thursday night.
Jeff Withey added 10 points, and Thomas Robinson had nine points and seven rebounds while playing a team-high 22 minutes for the Jayhawks (9-3), who opened the game on a 15-2 run and never looked back in one of their most lopsided victories in the Bill Self era.
The 34 points scored by the Bison (4-10) were the fewest allowed by Kansas since a 98-31 win over Alcorn State on Dec. 2, 2009, and the second-fewest since Self took over before the 2003 season.
Prince Okoroh led Howard with seven points, while Glenn Andrews managed just three on 1-for-10 shooting after going for a career-high 28 points in an overtime win over Delaware last week.
The Jayhawks had things under control from the opening tip.
Taylor grabbed the ball, took a couple of dribbles across mid-court and lofted a pass to Withey, who corralled it under the basket and slammed home the dunk. Withey was fouled and converted the three-point play just 5 seconds into the game.
The Jayhawks used a 10-0 run early in the half to stretch the lead to double figures, with Robinson slamming down a missed 3-point attempt by Elijah Johnson with one hand to a roar from a crowd that included "Saturday Night Live" star Jason Sudeikis and actress Olivia Wilde.
Kansas stretched the lead to 20 on a 3-pointer by Taylor later in the half, and after a free throw by the Bison's Simuel Frazier, the Jayhawks rattled off 11 more unanswered points.
By the time little-used Kevin Young scored inside with 3:48 left, Kansas led 38-7, and the only real question was whether Howard would reach double figures by halftime.
Dadrian Collins' 3-pointer with 1:48 got them over the mark, and a foul shot by Okoroh made it 42-13 at the break. The 13 points scored by the Bison matched what Southern California scored in the first half of a 63-47 loss to the Jayhawks a week ago.
Self substituted liberally throughout the second half, trying to get some experience for his bench players before the start of a longer, more taxing conference schedule.
It was the 12th consecutive victory for the Jayhawks at Allen Fieldhouse, which was packed to the rafters despite students being on winter break. And it was the 54th consecutive non-conference victory at home -- the school doesn't count the Jayhawks' loss to Davidson on Dec. 19, which was played at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., even though they were the designated home team.
The Bison have lost 28 consecutive road games, including a 107-50 defeat at Indiana earlier this season. They wrap up a two-game swing through the state when they face Kansas State on Saturday.