Kansas runs past Towson
Lawrence, KS (Sports Network) – Darrell Arthur scored a game-high 26 points as
the third-ranked Kansas Jayhawks easily handled Towson University, 87-61, at
Arthur finished 10-of-11 from the floor and also added seven rebounds for the
Jayhawks (2-1), who rebounded from a stunning 78-71 loss to Oral Roberts on
Mario Chalmers netted 15 points and Brandon Rush added 13 in the victory.
Russell Robinson was the only starter not to hit double figures, as he donated
seven points and eight assists on the night.
Gary Neal scored 17 points for Towson (2-1), which entered with an unblemished
record after opening the season with wins against Hartford and Samford. Tommy
Breaux chipped in eight points while Winstonn Tubbs had a team-high nine
rebounds while scoring five points in a losing effort.
Towson kept things close early on, responding after Kansas opened a four-point
lead, 13-9. The Tigers’ Rodney Spruill hit a jumper to help his team close to
KU went back to work and continued to pour on the pressure, resulting in a
21-11 run. The spurt was capped by back-to-back three-point shots from
Chalmers with 4:54 to play in the opening session.
Following more back-and-forth action, Neal missed a shot from behind the arc
to close out the first half with Kansas holding a commanding 42-25 lead.
Despite a slow start to the second half, KU continued to dominate. Russell
Robinson hit a pair of free throws and Rush followed with a baseline jumper
after a Towson three-point miss to extend the Jayhawks’ advantage to 21 with
the clock at 18:15.
Kansas never came close to relinquishing control and outscored the Tigers
45-36 in the second half.
The contest was the first meeting between the teams…The Tigers fall to 0-4
all-time against Big 12 opponents…Kansas shot 32-for-56 (57 percent) from
the floor, while Towson finished 23-for-56 (41 percent)… The Tigers also had
24 turnovers in the contest, compared to the Jayhawks’ 18.