Pepperdine 43

(2-7, 0-6 away)

Kansas 63

(5-4, 4-4 home)

7:00 PM ET, December 19, 2005

Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, Kansas

1 2 T
PEPP 19 2443
KU 33 3063

Top Performers

Pepperdine: J. Henry 5 Pts, 10 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 5 Blk

Kansas: S. Kaun 18 Pts, 12 Reb, 3 Blk

Kansas rolls over Pepperdine

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -- Sasha Kaun had 18 points and 12 rebounds, and Kansas used early and late double-digit runs to beat Pepperdine 63-43 on Monday night.

Russell Robinson added 10 points and C.J. Giles had 10 rebounds for the Jayhawks, who beat the Waves (2-7) for the eighth straight time and own an 8-1 lead in the series.

Kansas (5-4) won despite shooting 38 percent (22-for-58) from the field -- mostly because Pepperdine was even worse, hitting just 29 percent (17-for-58) of its shots.

The Waves shot under 40 percent for the sixth time in nine games and scored their fewest points since a 42-38 win over Santa Clara in the 1975-76 season, which was before the shot clock era. It was the lowest offensive output against the Jayhawks by an NCAA Division I opponent since a 77-43 victory over Southwest Missouri State -- now Missouri State -- on Dec. 30, 2000.

Kansas opened the game on a 7-for-10 tear, but the Jayhawks' accuracy from the field fell off sharply after that. They went more than 5½ minutes without a field goal in the first half and started the second half 0-for-7 before Brandon Rush hit a 3-pointer with 15:47 left.

Derick Grubb's 3-pointer got Pepperdine within 45-38 with 9½ minutes to go, but the Waves managed just two more field goals the rest of the way. Kansas iced the win with a 10-0 run that made it 63-41 with just under 1 minute left.

Neither team was able to make up for its cold floor shooting from the free-throw line. Kansas got off to a 2-for-9 start and finished 14-for-25, while the Waves were 6-for-12.

Tashaan Forehan-Kelly's nine points led Pepperdine, marking the first time this season that no player reached double figures for the Waves. Guard Michael Gerrity, their leading scorer, came in averaging 16.1 points but was held to seven points on 3-for-7 shooting.

Russell Robinson scored seven points in a 14-0 run that put Kansas up 17-7 with just under 6 minutes gone in the game. But after Mario Chalmers' basket with 11:03 left in the half gave Kansas a 25-11 lead, the Jayhawks didn't score again until Kaun's basket with 5½ minutes to go made it 27-15.

Kaun's left-handed layup gave Kansas a 33-19 halftime lead.

The double-digit rebounding efforts by Kaun and Giles fueled a 56-30 advantage on the boards for the Jayhawks.

Kansas guard Rodrick Stewart, a sophomore transfer from Southern California, became eligible Monday night but did not get in until 1:24 remained in the game. He did not score.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Team Stat Comparison

Points 43 63
FG Made-Attempted 17-58 (.293) 22-58 (.379)
3P Made-Attempted 3-18 (.167) 5-11 (.455)
FT Made-Attempted 6-12 (.500) 14-25 (.560)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 13 (0/0)
Largest Lead 4 22

2005-06 Season

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