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
"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.
Henry Sets Frosh Scoring Mark With 27
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