Sunday , Nov , 12 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

No. 3 Kansas routs Northern Arizona

Lawrence, KS (Sports Network) – Brandon Rush poured in 21 points and Julian
Wright added 16 as third-ranked Kansas rolled over Northern Arizona, 91-57, in
the season opener at Allen Fieldhouse.

Rush was 9-of-14 from the floor and added seven rebounds for the Jayhawks
(1-0), who never trailed in the contest.

Julian Wright added 16 points and eight rebounds and Sherron Collins
contributed 15 to lead a balanced scoring attack for the defending conference

They will next face Oral Roberts on Wednesday at home.

Deveric Taylor scored a team-high 12 points for the Lumberjacks (0-1), who are
coming off a 21-11 effort last season. NAU is the only team in the country to
play two top-10 teams in the first week of the season. They travel to Arizona
State on Monday night.

Stephen Sir added nine points and Josh Wilson and Tyrone Bazy contributed
eight apiece. Wilson also pulled down five rebounds.

Northern Arizona got off to a very slow start and never recovered, falling
behind 22-11. Rush’s jumper capped the burst, which was followed with a
similar run and the blowout was on.

The Lumberjacks would score just 14 more points the rest of the half as
Kansas took a 51-25 lead into the locker room and outscored Northern Arizona
40-32 in the second half.

The win gives the Jayhawks 15 wins in their last 16 season-opening games.

Game Notes

The Jayhawks shot 54 percent (34-of-63) from the floor…NAU shot 34 percent
(20-of-59)…Kansas leads the all-time series 3-0…Both teams returned nine
lettermen from last season.