New Orleans 56

(2-8, 0-7 away)

Kansas 73

(7-4, 6-4 home)

    7:30 PM ET, December 29, 2005

    Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, Kansas

    1 2 T
    UNO 19 3756
    KU 34 3973

    Top Performers

    New Orleans: J. Parlow 16 Pts, 6 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Kansas: J. Wright 12 Pts, 2 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 4 Blk

    Kansas 73, New Orleans 56

    LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -- For a guy who was too sick to practice the day before, Mario Chalmers had quite a night.

    Coming off the bench, the freshman guard fueled an 11-0 run at the end of the first half Thursday night that carried Kansas to a 73-56 victory over New Orleans.

    "Some guys play a little better when they are ill," said Kansas coach Bill Self. "Maybe the game slowed down for him a little bit. He made some plays that sparked us and really changed the game."

    Julian Wright and Jeremy Case led the Jayhawks (7-4) with 12 points apiece against the road-weary Privateers. But it was Chalmers who keyed the take-charge run.

    Brandon Rush, who was 2-for-11, hit a bucket to launch the spree after Wayne Williams' 3-pointer had brought New Orleans to within four at 23-19.

    After Russell Robinson's 3-pointer, Chalmers sneaked in to steal the inbounds pass and hit a layup.

    Then he blocked a New Orleans shot and fed to Julian Wright for a score, then blocked another shot and converted the basket himself.

    Chalmers wound up with eight points and five assists.

    "The game should have been cracked open earlier than it was," said Self. "But we have a way of making things interesting."

    The Jayhawks had 10 blocked shots, four off the school record, but played carelessly at times while committing 18 turnovers. They outscored New Orleans 28-16 in the paint.

    James Parlow had 16 points for New Orleans and Wayne Williams had 12.

    "Coach said we needed to play 40 minutes of basketball tonight and we only played 36," said New Orleans guard Jamie McNeilly. "We had a lot of turnovers and they capitalized on them."

    The Privateers (2-8), who have been playing their "home" games in Texas because of Hurricane Katrina, will finally get to play an almost true home game on Saturday. Since construction was delayed at their Human Performance Center, the game against Tulane will be moved to the Alario Center in Westwego, on the west bank of New Orleans.

    "I think a lot of guys are tired and drained," Williams said.

    The Privateers haven't been back to New Orleans in four months, said coach Monte Towe.

    "It's going to be great," Towe said. "We won't be on our home floor, but it will be nice to be back in New Orleans."

    Kansas struggled most of the first half until Chalmers fueled the 11-0 run in the final minutes that thrust the Jayhawks into a 34-19 lead at intermission. They then stretched the run to 17-0 in the opening minutes of the second half en route to their fifth win in six games.

    After Darnell Jackson's bucket put the Jayhawks in front 44-23 in the second half, Williams scored eight unanswered points himself as the lead shrank to 46-34 on a 3-pointer by McNeilly.

    "We didn't embarrass ourselves, but we didn't get the win, either, so I am disappointed," Towe said.

    The night got off to a painful start for veteran game official Ted Hillary. He was struck on the shoulder on the opening tip-off and crumbled to the floor for several minutes. He finally got up and went ahead and worked the game.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 56 73
    FG Made-Attempted 21-61 (.344) 29-58 (.500)
    3P Made-Attempted 9-20 (.450) 9-20 (.450)
    FT Made-Attempted 5-9 (.556) 6-12 (.500)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 14 (0/0) 13 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 1 22

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