No. 7 KU Pulls Away Late, Beats Chattanooga 69-55
LAWRENCE, Kan. — The Chattanooga Mocs gave the seventh-ranked Kansas Jayhawks a bit more than they bargained for at Allen Fieldhouse on Thursday night, but ultimately fell 69-55.
The Mocs opened the game with a 7-2 run, kept the momentum, and maintained the lead throughout the first half. Freshman guard Farad Cobb led the charge for Chattanooga, racking up six three-pointers in the first half alone.
Chattanooga (1-1, 0-1 away) led 36-28 at the break.
After trailing 42-30 in the second half, Kansas (2-1, 2-0 home) responded with a 19-1 run, and took a 49-43 lead on a three-pointer by sophomore guard Naadir Tharpe with 12:44 to play. A pair of highlight-reel dunks by freshman guard Ben McLemore kept the crowd on its feet, and the Jayhawks dominated play for the remainder of the evening.
McLemore led the Hawks with 25 points and eight rebounds. Senior center Jeff Withey finished with 11 points, 10 rebounds, and six blocks.
The Jayhawks outrebounded the Mocs 40-32 and held Chattanooga to 35.1% shooting from the field. KU went 7-23 from beyond the arc, as senior guard Elijah Johnson finished with four three-pointers and 18 points.
Kansas takes on the Washington State Cougars on Monday night at Sprint Center.