No. 7 Kansas 113, Longwood 75

With Bill Self as their head coach for the past seven years, the

Kansas Jayhawks had won 202 games, six straight Big 12

championships and one NCAA championship while winning 59 straight

at home.

One thing they had not done was score as many as 113 points.

Until now. With the help of the Morris Twins and an outmanned and

undersized opponent, that’s one more barrier Self’s Jayhawks have

crossed.

Markieff Morris had 14 points and 15 rebounds and four other

players finished in double figures Friday night in a 113-75 rout of

Longwood, the seventh-ranked Jayhawks’ 39th consecutive

home-opening victory.

”But 113 points is not so impressive when the other team has

75,” noted Marcus Morris, the other half of the junior twins.

It was a rout from start. The Jayhawks hit the Lancers with a

27-4 run over the final minutes of the first half to take a 54-27

lead. They then launched the second half with an 11-3 burst. But

Longwood kept firing and put up far too many points to make the

night seem like a complete success to Self.

”I love our guys,” Self said. ”But this is the softest team

defensively.”

Marcus Morris added 18 points and Tyshawn Taylor had 17 as the

Jayhawks stretched their home winning streak to 60 games, the

longest current streak in the nation.

”Markieff had some real good outlet passes,” Marcus Morris

said. ”I think it’ll work this year. It was still disappointing to

have a team get 75 points. You don’t want a team to come into your

home and score 75 points, especially the first game of the

year.”

Antwan Carter, in spite of playing with four fouls much of the

second half, led the Lancers with 22 points while Jeremiah Bowman

had 13.

Thomas Robinson had a career-best 16 points and Tyrel Reed added

11 as every Kansas player scored. Robinson, a 6-foot-9 sophomore

who struggled last season at the foul line, hit 6 of 7 free throws

and showed a much smoother shot.

Still sitting on the Kansas bench in street clothes was freshman

point guard Josh Selby, the overall No. 1 recruit in the nation

last year who could become Kansas’ best player this season. But he

is awaiting clearance from the NCAA over amateurism issues.

”We’re all hoping for him,” Markieff Morris said.

The Lancers, in their second year of full Division I membership,

received a $75,000 guarantee for the trip and a firsthand look at

the highest level of DI basketball. The Jayhawks outrebounded them

39-29 and had 28 assists to 16 for the Lancers.

”There are a lot of reasons why we play these games,” said

Lancers coach Mike Gillian, who is overseeing the transition to DI

and hopes to get his program into the Big South Conference. ”To

come to a historic venue is important. We’ve been around the

country and done this a number of times. We want to take the

opportunity to challenge ourselves against a high level of

competition. It goes a long way to helping us get better.”

Marcus Morris helped get the take-charge run going with a power

dribble underneath and an easy basket. Then Taylor drove in from

midcourt, twisted around a defender and put in a finger roll for a

10-point lead.

Markieff Morris hit two foul shots when Carter picked up his

third foul at the 8:07 mark and left the game, but only for a few

minutes.

Jeff Withey, a 7-footer who played little last season after

transferring and was slowed in the preseason by a right foot

injury, had eight points and three rebounds in just 12 minutes,

including a couple of impressive dunks.

If he has regained his mobility for good, Withey could combine

with 6-10 Markieff Morris and 6-9 Marcus Morris and Robinson to

give the Jayhawks enviable length and heft inside.

”I tried my hardest to do whatever I could and today, it just

felt good,” Withey said. ”My foot has been real sore in practice.

It’s been hard for me to move up and down. But tonight I didn’t

feel any pain. It felt like I could move. Just pure

Adrenalin.”