KU moves to 7-0 overall for the third time under head coach Bill Self, including 2-0 in games played away from Allen Fieldhouse. UCLA dropped to 2-5 overall in its fourth-straight loss.
Freshman Xavier Henry and senior Sherron Collins joined Markieff Morris
in double figures scoring 16 and 14 points, respectively. KU collected
its 73 points behind a team 44.4 percent shooting from the field, but
held the Bruins to 36.1 percent shooting as UCLA became the 81st
consecutive opponent to shoot under 50 percent versus KU.
Kansas also held a 43-36 advantage on the boards. Junior Cole Aldrich
finished with a game-high 12 rebounds in his third-straight contest
with double-digit rebounds. Marcus Morris pulled down nine boards in
the contest, two shy of his career best.
When the second half of play began with Kansas leading 35-28, UCLA
scored six of the first nine points to come within four points of the
Jayhawks. But it was the closest the Bruins would come during the game
as Kansas soon expanded its lead to double-digit points once again.
Following a KU timeout, sophomore Marcus Morris scored his first points
of the game with a dunk at 17:02. Xavier Henry then added a three-point
basket to push the Jayhawks ahead, 43-34. Kansas hit four treys in the
second half compared to just one in the first half and shot 40.0
percent from beyond the arc in the final 20 minutes
With 11:36 left in the game, Markieff Morris sank a free throw to
complete a three-point play and shift the momentum for the last time.
Markieff Morris proceeded to score KU's next four points while Henry
capped a 9-2 Kansas run with a three-pointer to keep the Jayhawks'
advantage at 60-46.
UCLA never got closer than 11 points for the remainder of the contest.
Kansas scored 18 of its 35 first-half points in the paint. The Jayhawks
also converted 11 UCLA turnovers into 14 points.
Leading 7-6 in the first half, KU scored eight unanswered points over
the next two and a half minutes, including six points off UCLA
turnovers, to expand its lead to 15-6 with just under 12 minutes to
The Bruins whittled its deficit down to seven points at 7:32 before
back-to-back baskets from sophomores Tyshawn Taylor and Markieff Morris
quickly gave the Jayhawks back an 11-point lead at 25-14.
Kansas was able to hold onto an eight point-plus lead for the remainder
of the half until a three-pointer from UCLA's Nicola Dragovic with 30
seconds left. The trey put the Bruins within seven points at 35-28
heading into the break.
Dragonvic was one of three Bruins to score double-digit points in the
game with 14. Michael Roll finished with a team-high 16 points.
KU returns to Lawrence Wednesday, Dec. 9 to play host to Radford.
Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. from Allen Fieldhouse.
'Hawks Control Bruins, Win 73-61
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