The Jayhawks, who shot 54 percent against Georgetown’s foul-plagued defenders, were led by 7-foot center Joel Embiid and reserve Tarik Black, who had 17 points apiece.
Markel Starks (19 points) paced the scoring for Georgetown (7-3), which started the game strong, leaning heavily on 6-10 center Josh Smith’s inside presences and Markel Starks’ hot hand on the perimeter to bolt to a 24-7 lead.
Compared to the string of four mid-major opponents Georgetown had faced in the run-up to Saturday’s game, Kansas towered like giant sequoias. The toll of defending them mounted quickly and, in many respects, wrote the narrative of the game.
Starters Joshua Smith and Nate Lubick fouled out with roughly five and three remaining in the game, respectively; Moses Ayegba, also whistled for five fouls, had preceded them to bench with 7:10 to go.
Once 18th-ranked Kansas (8-3) got the upper hand, taking a 44-34 lead at the half, nothing came easily for the Hoyas, who clanged layups off the rim, had other shots rejected and continued sending Jayhawks to the free-throw line in an effort to stanch the bleeding.
Kansas ended up scoring 31 points on 46 free-throw attempts; Georgetown was 16 of 28 on the line.
Wiggins finished with 12 points on 3-of-10 shooting in a game that was full of dunks, in-your-face blocks and a few near tussles, amounting to a euphoric afternoon for the capacity crowd at 16,300-seat Allen Fieldhouse, where the streak of consecutive sellouts is in its 12th season.
It mattered not that exams were over and school was out of session. If anything, the crowd was more raucous than usual to welcome the Jayhawks back to their court for their first home game in 30 days.
It was the first time this season Georgetown’s Smith was guarded by a player taller than he — the 7-foot former volleyball player from Cameroon, Embiid. And Embiid wasted no time proving that he was on court to do more than impede Smith’s path to the basket, hitting a jumper to start the scoring.
Smith replied with a hookshot at the Hoyas’ end, and the fast-paced seesaw contest was on.
Georgetown’s tough-nosed defender Jabril Trawick picked up two fouls in the first four minutes and sat.
That gave a chance for Aaron Bowen to flash his athleticism, and he got a terrific steal and dunk to retake the lead mid-way through the period.
With another Starks three-pointer, the Hoyas led 21-15.
Then came an offensive blast by Kansas. Amid a 20-6 Jayhawks run, Lubick rejoined the lineup to bolster the defense but was almost immediately called for his third foul. With it, Kansas took the first double-digit lead of the game.