Kansas 79, Texas Tech 42
LAWRENCE, Kan. -- No time is ever good to try knocking off Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse.
Senior Night, however, is particularly difficult. The No. 4 Jayhawks ran their string of victories while celebrating that occasion to 29 on Monday by dismantling Texas Tech, 79-42. It was the 30th straight win in the season's final game at home for Kansas, which did not field any seniors in 2006-07.
In bidding their home farewells to the sellout crowd of 16,300, four Kansas seniors combined to score 56 points, snag 23 rebounds and distribute 15 assists.
The Jayhawks' other starter, freshman Ben McLemore, added 13 points in what could have been his final home appearance before turning pro.
Center Jeff Withey led the Jayhawks (26-4, 14-3 Big 12) with 22 points and nine boards. Kansas stayed atop the Big 12 after jumping to a 45-20 advantage by halftime, then scoring the first eight points of the second half.
Among the other seniors, Kevin Young added 14 points and Travis Releford 13, while Elijah Johnson distributed 12 assists.
Kansas coach Bill Self took out his starters early in the second half, then brought them back for roughly four minutes before they left to standing ovations with 4:45 left.
Texas Tech (10-18, 3-14) was led by sophomore forward Jordan Tolbert with 16 points. The Red Raiders shot just 26.4 percent, going 14 of 53 from the floor. They fell to 0-15 against Kansas all-time in games played away from Lubbock.
Kansas went on streaks of 10 and 14 unanswered points during a 24-2 first-half spurt that stretched its early lead to 39-14. In addition, the Jayhawks scored the first seven points of the game.
Johnson was instrumental, lobbing six passes for alley-oop dunks among his nine first-half assists. Withey and Young led the Jayhawks at the break with 12 and 10 points, respectively, while combining to go 8 of 9 from the field. As a team, the Jayhawks went 15 of 24.
Tolbert scored nine first-half points to pace Texas Tech, which finished with as many turnovers (14) as baskets. It managed to go just 5 of 28 in the second half and was 1 of 15 for the game from 3-point range.
Notes: Kansas boosted its win streak in the series with Texas Tech to seven straight. ... This marks the seventh straight season the Jayhawks have managed 26 wins. ... Kansas will go into the 2013-14 season needing two wins to reach 700 all-time in Allen Fieldhouse, which opened in 1955. ... Of the last 15 opponents Texas Tech played, 12 were ranked in the top 50 of the RPI. ... With KU breaking away in the first half, students began yelling, "We want Wiggins." Andrew Wiggins, considered by some services to be the nation's top prospect, was at the game.
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