Chalmers, Wright lead Kansas past Boston College
Lawrence, KS (Sports Network) – Mario Chalmers scored 22 points and Julian
Wright recorded a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds, as No. 11
Kansas jumped to a large lead by the half, then cruised to a 84-66 victory
over Boston College at Allen Fieldhouse.
A full house saw an electrifying performance from the normal cast of
characters, including a 15-point effort from Brandon Rush. The club’s leading
scorer, star freshman Darrell Arthur, was limited to seven points on 1-of-7
The poor individual game and dominating team performance illustrated the
Jayhawks’ waves of talent. Seven players scored and nine saw action for Kansas
(10-2), winners of four straight since a stunning loss at DePaul.
Sean Williams had a monster game with 19 points, 15 rebounds and seven blocks
for Boston College (7-3), which suffered from three-point range (4-of-19) and
on the backboards, outrebounded 43-34. Jared Dudley went the distance, scoring
14 points to go along with eight boards.
Marquez Haynes and Tyrese Rice donated 11 points apiece for the Eagles, who
saw their six-game winning streak come to an end.
The ending wasn’t anticlimactic, as the Jayhawks fed off the sellout crowd and
ended the opening half on a 24-4 burst. Williams’ short jumper with 3:13 left
was Boston College’s only field goal in the final eight minutes.
After Dudley’s three-point play brought the Eagles within 21-19, the Jayhawks
used a potent fast break to stretch the edge. Rush’s dunk following Russell
Robinson’s steal opened a 37-20 advantage.
Darnell Jackson, who scored 11 points with six rebounds, finished off the
half with a jumper to put the Jayhawks ahead 45-23 with 45 ticks left.
Williams’ two free throws made the score 69-54 with 6:25 on the clock, but the
Jayhawks quickly added a pair of field goals to push the lead to 73-54.
A three by Haynes got the Eagles within 80-66 with 1:26 left, the closest they
were throughout the second half.
Kansas shot 46 percent from the floor…The Jayhawks forced 22 turnovers,
scoring 29 points off the miscues…The teams last met in 1969…Kansas
improved to 7-1 at Allen Fieldhouse…The Eagles missed all nine three-point
attempts in the first half.