Friday, December 15, 2017
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Withey's triple double helps Kansas hang on

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Jeff Withey had 16 points, 12 rebounds and a school-record 12 blocks for the second official triple double in Kansas history, and the 10th-ranked Jayhawks held off a furious comeback by San Jose State for a 70-57 victory Monday night.

Withey scored 10 during a 20-2 run early in the second half. The 7-footer's block of Xavier Jones' shot with 7:43 left in the game gave him the Jayhawks' first triple double since Cole Aldrich in an NCAA Tournament game against Dayton in 2010

Kansas (5-1) used its big run to take a 60-36 lead with just more than 11 minutes left, but the Spartans answered with an 18-2 run to climb back into it.

The Jayhawks put it away after Elijah Johnson hit a floater with just more than a minute left for a 66-57 lead, then Withey's rejection of J.D. Brown turned into a run-out that Ben McLemore finished with a windmill dunk with about 30 seconds left.

James Kinney scored 19 of his 30 in the second half for the Spartans. At one point, the senior guard scored nine within 90 seconds as San Jose State was mounting its second-half charge.

McLemore finished with 13 points despite missing all seven of his 3-pointers, and Travis Releford also had 13 points for the Jayhawks.

IU battles UNC tonight

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Tom Crean already has one major victory over North Carolina.

He got Cody Zeller.

Now Roy Williams must figure out how to defend the recruit that got away to avoid losing again tonight when No.  14 North Carolina visits No. 1 Indiana in the marquee matchup of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge (9:30, ESPN).

"He's the guy that makes everybody else change their defense and you have to be concerned about him," Williams said. "He gave them a legitimate inside scorer that could foul out the other players. I just think he's a great player, a great player."

Zeller, considered the best big man in America, will be the center of attention tonight, though Crean has other concerns.

"They bring some things that we've not seen, and I'm not sure that we've ever seen here," Crean said. "I'm not sure we've ever seen a fast break like there's here at Assembly Hall, and James McAdoo is as good a rebounder on the offensive end as anyone we've seen this year or any other year."

North Carolina sophomore guard P.J. Hairston won't play because of a sprained left knee. Hairston is third on the team in scoring at 10.8 points.

NO. 5 LOUISVILLE: Junior center Gorgui Dieng is out four to six weeks with a broken left wrist.

AP POLL: No. 20 Georgetown, No. 21 Minnesota, No. 22 Illinois and No. 25 New Mexico entered, replacing UCLA (which fell out from 11th), Memphis, Connecticut and Baylor. Indiana remained No. 1, with Duke moving up to second and Michigan third.

Women

NO. 7 LOUISVILLE 79, TENN.-MARTIN 61: Shoni Schimmel and Bria Smith scored 16 each for the visiting Cardinals (7-0), who took a 22-6 lead and never trailed.

AP POLL: Iowa State entered at No. 24, replacing Vanderbilt. Stanford remained No. 1, narrowly ahead of Connecticut.

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