LAWRENCE, Kan. — The 10th-ranked Kansas Jayhawks survived a late run by the San Jose State Spartans, and held on for a 70-57 victory on Monday night at Allen Fieldhouse.
Senior center Jeff Withey posted the second triple-double in the history of Kansas basketball, and set a school record for blocks in a single game. Withey finished the game with 16 points, 12 rebounds, and 12 blocks.
Kansas (5-1, 3-0 home) started the game with an electrifying alley-oop from senior guard Elijah Johnson to freshman guard Ben McLemore to go up 2-0. The Jayhawks took a 15-point lead on a three-pointer by senior guard Travis Releford with 2:29 left in the first half.
San Jose State (2-3, 0-2 away) answered with a 7-0 run to narrow the gap to 40-32 at the break.
The Jayhawks opened up the second half with a 20-4 run to take a 60-36 lead with 11:45 to play. A stunning 16-0 run by the Spartans cut the deficit to 60-52 at the 5:16 mark.
KU withstood the run, and McLemore put the cherry on top with a high-flying windmill dunk to make it 70-57. McLemore finished with 13 points, but went 0-7 from beyond the arc, as the Hawks shot 22.2% from three-point range.
Senior guard James Kinney led the Spartans with 30 points. The Jayhawks held the Spartans to 29.2% shooting.
Kansas takes on the Oregon State Beavers on Friday night at Sprint Center.