Jayhawks swat Texas

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by Matt Mitchell

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Posted on February 16, 2013 at 11:40 PM

  Jeff Withey had 15 points and 11 rebounds while becoming the Big 12's career blocked shots leader, Elijah Johnson emerged from a season-long slump, and No. 14 Kansas walloped Texas 73-47 on a festive Saturday night at Allen Fieldhouse.

 

Johnson finished with 12 points for the Jayhawks (21-4, 9-3 Big 12). Travis Releford added 15 and Ben McLemore had 13, including a 360 jam in the closing minutes that capped quite a show against the Longhorns (11-14, 3-9) for more than a dozen former players in attendance.

 

Among them was Mario Chalmers, whose buzzer-beating 3-pointer forced overtime in the 2008 national title game won by Kansas. The Miami Heat guard was honored at halftime by having his No. 15 raised to the rafters, where it joined names such as Wilt Chamberlain and Paul Pierce.

 

Perhaps one day, Withey's name will reside there.

 

The senior center had his 265th block early in the second half to move past former Texas star Chris Mihm for the most in league history. The reigning Big 12 defensive player of the year even had four steals while making life miserable for the young, undersized Longhorns.

 

Myck Kabongo, in his second game back from a 23-game suspension, was held to 13 points by the nation's top field-goal percentage defense. The Longhorns' sophomore guard missed his first seven shots and committed three turnovers, his only real success coming at the foul line.

 

Texas wound up shooting 21.8 percent from the field and 2 of 21 from beyond the arc.

 

The prime-time match-up between two of the nation's stingiest defenses figured to put points a premium, but that only turned out to be the case for the Longhorns.

 

They had already fallen behind 11-8 when they went the next 8-plus minutes without a field goal, missing 10 straight shots, three free throws and turning the ball over twice. By the time Ioannis Papapetrou got to the rim for Texas, the Jayhawks had built a 24-11 lead.

 

It never got a whole lot better for Texas.

 

The Longhorns went another 6½ minutes without a field goal before Demarcus Holland's steal and layup got them within 28-15 at halftime. That meant the final 15:55 of the first half, Texas had precisely as many shot-clock violations (two) as they had made field goals.

 

It was the Longhorns' lowest-scoring half of the season.

 

Kansas didn't waste any time delivering the knockout punch in the second half.

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