Calvin Thompson made 10 of 11 shots from the field and scored 21 points as sixth-ranked Kansas breezed past George Washington, 94-71, in a nonconference college basketball game last night in Lawrence, Kan.
The victory improved the Jayhawks' record to 10-1. It was Coach Larry Brown's 100th collegiate win.
Thompson was six for six from the field in the first half and three for four in the second. His basket at the 15:58 mark gave Kansas its biggest lead of the game at 62-30.
George Washington (5-4) cut the Kansas lead to 22 on a three-point play by Darryl Webster with 1:56 remaining and cut the margin to within the same figure twice more before the final buzzer.
Kansas hit its first seven shots from the field in the first half to take a 16-2 lead. Greg Dreiling contributed a three-point play after winning the opening tipoff.
The Jayhawks continued their hot shooting, hitting 75.9 percent from the field during the first half. They extended their lead to 48-22 on a layup by Cedric Hunter and led, 50-26, at halftime.
The Colonials were led by Jerry Frick with 17 points. Moti Daniel added 11. GW was without its leading scorer, Troy Webster, who has a hyperextended right knee.
The Colonials had difficulty matching up with the Jayhawks' height. The tallest Colonial was Daniel at 6-6; three Jayhawks starters were taller than that.
Archie Marshall scored 13 points for Kansas. Danny Manning and Ron Kellogg had 12 and Dreiling 11. Illinois 95, Howard 61
Efrem Winters, Kenny Norman and Glynn Blackwell each scored 16 points to lead 15th-ranked Illinois to the easy victory in Champaign, Ill.
"I'm glad to get out of here without any serious injuries," Howard Coach A.B. Williamson said. "It got to where I took my best players out to keep them from getting hurt."
The Bison (2-5) led once, at 5-4, before Norman and Winters led the Fighting Illini (8-2) to a 15-5 surge midway through the first half and a 45-29 halftime lead.
The Illini overpowered Howard on the boards, 52-21, and scored many easy baskets inside. Winters, Blackwell and Norman did most of the damage for the Illini, hitting 22 of 34 shots. They also had 14 rebounds between them.
Blackwell, a sophomore guard who is being counted on to help replace the injured Doug Altenberger, scored 14 of his points in the second half.
"It was a physical game. We were fairly pleased, especially with the young players," Illinois' Lou Henson said.
The Bison were led by senior forward Mike Hampton, who finished with 12 points and four rebounds. Howard shot just 39 percent from the field, as many of its shots (eight) were blocked by the Illinois front line.
One of the few brights spots for Howard was its improvement at the foul line. For the game, the Bison shot 77 percent, considerably better than their season mark of 59 percent. Memphis State 82, Murray State 59
Senior guard Andre Turner scored 18 points as 10th-ranked and undefeated Memphis State, playing at home, easily won the nonconference game.
Turner scored the first two points of the game shortly after tipoff and Memphis State led the rest of the way. At halftime, the score was 44-24.
Junior center William Bedford, who began the game as the Tigers' leading scorer, averaging 19.1 points, was held scoreless for the first half. Bedford finished with 12 points and also had 10 rebounds.
Senior forward Baskerville Holmes, who scored 10 points, led the Tigers in rebounds with 11.
Memphis State, the defending Metro Conference champion, got 11 points from junior guard John Wilfong, and Turner had eight assists.
Memphis State (9-0) held Murray State to one rebound in the first 8 1/2 minutes of play and scored 10 straight points midway through the first half to take a 24-11 lead.
The Tigers' biggest lead was 68-42 with six minutes left.
The Racers (7-3) were led in scoring by senior forward Chuck Glass with 15 points. Junior guard Tony Ford had 12. Purdue 71, De Paul 56
In West Lafayette, Ind., Todd Mitchell had 15 points to lead the Boilermakers to the upset of the No. 20 Blue Demons in a nonconference game.
Troy Lewis added 14 points and Melvin McCants 13 for the hot-shooting Boilermakers, who led by as many as 20 points, 64-44, on an Everette Stephens basket with 6:50 left.
The closest De Paul came in the second half was 15 points, 57-42.
Purdue, led by McCants' 11 first-half points, had a 37-24 lead at intermission.
The Blue Demons led once in the game, at 2-0, but the Boilermakers came back with 10 straight points and led by as many as 15 before the break.
Lewis had eight points and Todd Mitchell contributed seven in the first period as the Boilermakers had only four turnovers to De Paul's 12.
Tony Jackson came off the bench to lead the Blue Demons with 10 first-half points. But Dallas Comegys, leading scorer for De Paul with a 16-point average, was held to a single basket.