Kansas Upends No. 19 Kentucky
Sunday, January 8, 2006
It might be another 16 seasons before Kentucky comes back to Allen Fieldhouse.
Before yesterday, the Wildcats hadn't visited Lawrence, Kan., since getting blown out, 150-95, on Dec. 9, 1989 -- still a school scoring record for the Jayhawks and the second-worst loss in Kentucky's history.
This time, the No. 19 Wildcats left town on the short end of the biggest defeat in Tubby Smith's nine seasons as coach -- a 73-46 loss in which they shot just 24 percent and didn't have an assist until the second half.
Freshman Brandon Rush had career highs of 24 points and 12 rebounds, his first double-double for Kansas (9-4).
The Wildcats (10-4) were 15 for 62 from the field, missing their first 13 shots and not recording an assist until Rajan Rondo fed Ravi Moss for Kentucky's first three-pointer with 14 minutes 20 seconds left in the game.
Russell Robinson added 12 points and C.J. Giles added 10 for Kansas, which won its sixth straight, broke Kentucky's four-game winning streak and beat a ranked team for the first time in three tries this season.
The Jayhawks led 41-19 at halftime behind 16 points from Rush, and were up by 32 points in the second half.
Kansas led 25-10 after a basket by the Wildcats' Joe Crawford -- and Rush had single-handedly outscored Kentucky 11-10. The Wildcats didn't get ahead of him for good, 18-16, until Rondo hit two free throws with 1:14 left in the first half.
With the score tied at 4 almost four minutes into the game, Rush tracked down an offensive rebound after a flurry of misses and scored.
He followed that with a three-pointer on Kansas's next possession, Mario Chalmers added an assist and a layup in quick succession, and the Jayhawks were off on a 19-4 run that put them up 25-8 with just over 6 1/2 minutes left in the half.
IOWA 63, ILLINOIS 48: Jeff Horner scored 16 points to help the host Hawkeyes snap the sixth-ranked Illini's 15-game winning streak.