Jayhawks blow out Wazzu in CBE Classic
Releford leads Kansas in victory.
By Nate Fordyce
The No. 12 Kansas Jayhawks rebounded after a subpar performance against Chattanooga last Thursday as they dominated Washington State in the CBE Classic semifinals.
The 78-41 victory, senior guard Travis Releford normally impacts the game from a defensive performance, but Monday night it was about the offense. Releford had a surprising offensive scoring leader. Senior guard Travis Releford came up big as he went 6-of-7 for a team-high 17 points.
Kansas improved to 3-1 on the season and played their best game to date. The Jayhawks shot 45.5 percent from the field including 33.3 percent from behind the arc.
The Jayhawks broke out on a 14-4 run before the first media timeout and after that, the Jayhawks didn’t look back. At one point in the second half, the 44-point lead by the Jayhawks was the largest lead in a game since they were up 55 against Howard last season in Allen Fieldhouse.
But it wasn’t just the offensive performance that was the best thus far in the season, it was the defense as well.
Washington State struggled getting baskets as they shot under 30 percent. Senior forward Brock Motum was the only Cougar to crack double figures as he tallied 14 for the game.
Releford was helped by a couple freshmen as guard Ben McLemore put together a good first half as he had all 11 points in that opening half. Also freshman Perry Ellis added 12 points and three boards off the bench. The Jayhawks had 1o players who registered points in the game versus the Cougars.
With the victory over Wazzu at the Sprint Center, the Jayhawks will square off against Saint Louis Tuesday night for the CBE Championship.