Henry Sets Frosh Scoring Mark With 27

The #1-ranked Kansas Jayhawks used run after run en route to a 101-65 season-opening win Friday night against the Hofstra Pride.

Freshman G Xavier Henry also took his turn among the three heralded frosh to have his breakout game, following Elijah Johnson and Thomas Robinson. Henry poured in 27 points and did it in every conceivable way – from a steal and breakaway dunk to a three-pointer from somewhere east of Eudora.

"I played with the team, and they helped me out a lot in this game, so I guess it was my time," Henry said with a grin.

Sherron Collins was succinct in his evaluation of the hyped freshman from Oklahoma City.

"(Henry's) a natural scorer," he said.

Collins had a nice night himself: 23 points four rebounds and four assists. Junior C Cole Aldrich had 11 to go with right boards. Marcus Morris had nine, and Elijah Johnson and Tyshawn Taylor added eight each.

Aldrich led KU to a 49-37 rebounding edge. Markieff Morris had seven, along with six points.

Henry scored eight of KU's first 11 points on a long-range three, two free throws after a drive to the basket and a tip-dunk off a miss by teammate Markieff Morris.

Henry's quickness out of the gate picked the whole team up, his coach said.

"He got us off to a great start. He played great. I'm happy for him because he's a natural scorer, and I think he's been thinkin' instead of playin' and tonight he played instead of thought, which was a good thing. He looked a lot more fluid to me."

Self and Henry agree: he's been thinking too much about not being a "ballhog," in Henry's words.

Self said, "He's trying to do what we want him to do and at the same time, still be aggressive. I told him the other day, I said, 'It's going to take you another month to understand where you get your shots and how to score out of our offense and how you pick your spots.'"

Henry admits he's been a little tentative, but it's just because he wants to fit in on what is clearly a very talented team.

"I'm going to try to be aggressive and still fit in. I've got a big man, an All-American big man (Aldrich) and an All-American point guard (Collins). I'm not supposed to be out there doing all that."

KU used a 12-0 spurt to extend an 11-7 lead to 23-7 at the 12:31 mark of the first period. Hofstra made it interesting, however, chipping the Kansas' lead down to single digits, 31-22, with 5:56 left. KU went on another run – this one of the 10-0 variety – and finished the half outscoring the Pride 17-5. Kansas took a 48-27 advantage into halftime.

The Jayhawks got off to a quick start in the second half, scoring 20 points in the first 6:14 seconds, mainly on the strength of threes by Henry and Collins.

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