LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Perry Ellis scored 15 points, Kelly Oubre Jr. added 14 and No. 12 Kansas remained perfect at home against Texas Tech with an 86-54 victory on Saturday.
Cliff Alexander added 12 points and Frank Mason III had 10 as the Jayhawks (13-2, 2-0 Big 12) improved to 15-0 against the Red Raiders (10-6, 0-3) at cozy Allen Fieldhouse. The average margin of victory in those contests has been close to 30 points per game.
Kansas has won 16 straight overall at the Phog.
Justin Jamison had a career-high 12 points off the bench for the Red Raiders, who have lost five of their last six after a 9-1 start. The last three of those games, which began league play, have been to teams ranked in the Top 25 in Texas, West Virginia and the Jayhawks.
Saturday’s game was basically over by halftime. And it wasn’t always pretty.
Texas Tech’s woebegone offense managed just two field goals in the first 15-plus minutes, and finished with five by the break. The teams combined for 16 turnovers, including three straight by the Red Raiders during one insufferable stretch.
The officials called 26 fouls, parading the teams to the free-throw line 32 times in a half that took nearly an hour to complete.
Relying on its frenzied man-to-man defense, Kansas forged a 10-point lead by the midway point of the first half, then stretched the advantage to 38-17 with about 4 minutes to go.
Thanks to the abundance of fouls, just about everyone got involved. Eleven players took the floor for the Jayhawks. Eight of them scored. Among those who didn’t was Devonte’ Graham, who had not played since the Georgetown game on Dec. 10 because of a nagging toe injury.
Graham did get an assist with an alley-oop pass that fellow freshman Cliff Alexander flushed moments after checking in.
Perhaps inspired by the play, Selden lofted up an alley-oop of his own that Alexander jammed again just a few seconds later.
Free throws kept a miserable half for Texas Tech from being downright embarrassing.
The Red Raiders were 12 of 19 from the foul line — good numbers for a full game, let alone 20 minutes. That included a series of free throws in the final few minutes, when backup Landen Lucas went on a fouling binge that drew the wrath of Kansas coach Bill Self.
There wasn’t much for Self to be upset with after that.
Kansas scored the first 11 points of the second half, hitting five of its first six shots — one of them a reverse jam by Oubre — and cruised the rest of the way to the victory.
Texas Tech: Leading scorer Devaugntah Williams was held to three points on 1-for-6 shooting. … The Red Raiders have not beaten a Top 15 team on the road since 2007.
Kansas: Mason has been in double-figures scoring in 12 straight games. … Christian Garrett, a senior, scored his first career points in the final minutes. … Graham finished with two points, six rebounds and six assists.
Texas Tech: Heads down Interstate 70 to play Kansas State on Wednesday night.
Kansas: Welcomes Oklahoma State to Allen Fieldhouse on Tuesday night.
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