Cole Aldrich registered a double-double with 12 points and 16 rebounds, while also adding seven blocked shots for the Jayhawks. Tyrel Reed came off the bench to match his career scoring high with 14.
Missouri was led by Justin Stafford, who had 19 points, while Zaire Taylor added 11 for the visitors.
Kansas improved to 19-1 overall and 5-0 in the Big 12, while Missouri
dropped to 15-5 and 3-2 in league play. The Jayhawks extended
the nation's longest home court winning streak to 54 consecutive games
with the victory.
Kansas dominated the game defensively, as well as on the
boards. KU held Missouri to just 28 percent shooting from the
field and out-rebounded the Tigers 56-28. KU doubled the
Tigers in points in the paint 36-18.
Missouri forced KU into a season-high 23 turnovers, while committing
just five miscues and out-scored the Jayhawks 18-4 in points off
turnovers. But while MU attempted 11 more shots in the game,
KU made nine more shots than the Tigers did.
Marcus Morris continued his recent scoring barrage as he has averaged
18.8 points and scored at least 16 points in each of the last five
games. The sophomore hit six of 10 shots, while making five
of six free throws. He also added nine rebounds in 24 minutes
Aldrich flirted with a triple double as his seven blocks tied for the
fifth-most in a game in KU history. The junior became the
15th player in Kansas history to record 700 career rebounds as he
entered the night with 695.
Reed came off the bench and hit four of four three-point attempts to go
along with an alley-oop tip-in. His 14 points matched his
previous best vs. Siena last year.
KU led by as many as 28 points in the second half en route to its 11th
straight victory against Missouri in Allen Fieldhouse. KU now
leads the all-time series with its rival 168-94.
An 11-2 Jayhawk run in the first half turned a 15-13 Kansas advantage
into a 26-15 lead with eight minutes remaining. Safford hit a
pair of free throws to pull Missouri within eight at 30-22 with 6:35
left in the period, but that would be as close as the Tigers would get
the rest of the way.
KU closed the half on 15-5 run and took a 20-point margin (50-30) into
the break. The Jayhawks dominated the first half
statistically out-rebounding the Tigers 37-15 and shooting 51 percent
from the floor while holding Missouri to just 25 percent shooting.
Aldrich grabbed 12 rebounds in the first half alone, while Morris had
11 points on five of eight shooting and added six rebounds in 10
minutes of action.
Kansas will return to action when it travels to Manhattan, Kan. to face
intra-state rival Kansas State on Saturday at 6 p.m. That
game will be televised on ESPN.
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