Friday , Nov , 24 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Jayhawks play first game outside of Lawrence

Las Vegas, NV (Sports Network) – The 10th-ranked Kansas Jayhawks hit the
road
for the first time this season, when they invade Orleans Arena in Nevada
to
do battle with the Ball State Cardinals in the third round of the
Las
Vegas Invitational.

The Jayhawks had the luxury of hosting their first two games of
this
tournament, and they took advantage of that by defeating Towson (87-61)
and
most recently Tennessee State (89-54) on Tuesday. The wins improved
Kansas
to 3-1 overall, with its lone loss coming to Oral Roberts 78-71.
The
Jayhawks will conclude their stay in Las Vegas when they play top-
ranked
Florida in the tournament finale on Saturday.

As for Ball State, it also hosted its first two games of this event,
going
an even 1-1. The team opened the tournament with a 65-48 triumph
over
Prairie View before losing to Chattanooga, 70-55, on Tuesday. The
Cardinals,
who are now 2-1 on the season, will play Western Kentucky on Friday in
their
tournament finale.

The all-time series between Ball State and Kansas is tied at 1-1, with
the
Jayhawks winning the last meeting, 94-72, in the 1993 NCAA Tournament.

The Jayhawks have had no trouble lighting up the scoreboard early on
this
season, as they enter the game averaging a healthy 84.5 ppg behind
51.2
percent shooting from the field. Darrell Arthur currently leads the team
in
scoring with 17.5 ppg and he is also pulling down 5.8 rpg. Brandon
Rush
follows with 15.5 ppg and 5.4 rpg for Kansas, while Julian Wright adds
12.0
ppg and a team-high 8.5 rpg. In the team’s last game, Sherron Collins came
off
the bench and poured in 19 points and Rush notched a double-double with
14
points and 10 rebounds, as Kansas cruised past Tennessee State on
Tuesday.
Wright also turned in 14 points for the Jayhawks, who shot 52.5 percent
from
the floor, including a 9-of-22 effort from long distance. The team also
won
the battle on the boards 46-32 in the victory.

The Cardinals have really played well at the defensive end of the court
this
season, as they are holding their opponents to a mere 53.3 ppg, in addition
to
forcing them into 22.0 turnovers per game. Offensively, the club is paced
by
Jalon Perryman, who is averaging 13.0 ppg off the bench. Anthony Newell
has
provided the club with a presence in the paint and he is turning in 11.7
ppg
and a team-high 8.0 rpg, while D’Andre Peyton chips in with 10.7 ppg. In
the
squad’s previous outing, Perryman tallied 15 points and Newell notched
a
double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds, but it still wasn’t enough
for
Ball State in a 15-point loss to Chattanooga. The Cardinals shot a dismal
29.2
percent from the field in the contest and made just 2-of-29 three pointers.

BALLST KANSAS