No. 9 KU Destroys Belmont 89-60

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LAWRENCE, Kan. — In another dynamite performance, the ninth-ranked Kansas Jayhawks crushed the Belmont Bruins 89-60 on Saturday night at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas (8-1, 5-0 home) held a comfortable lead throughout the first half. An alley-oop from sophomore guard Naadir Tharpe to senior center Jeff Withey put the Jayhawks up 23-12 with 9:23 left in the first half.

Belmont (7-3, 3-2 away) struggled to make shots early, but eventually got hot enough to keep the game within reach. A 9-4 run pulled the Bruins within six points at the 6:02 mark. Redshirt freshman Ben McLemore unleashed a sensational dunk at the buzzer to put the Jayhawks up 44-28 at halftime.

McLemore’s three-pointer with 12:55 to play gave the Hawks a 65-37 lead, part of a 21-9 run to open the second half. KU had a good night from three-point range, finishing 47.6% after going 10-21 from beyond the arc.

While McLemore lit it up early, it was KU freshman guard Andrew White III that stole the show late in the second half. White III scored 15 points off the bench, including a trio of three’s.

KU’s lockdown defense held Belmont to 34.4% shooting from the field, and 21.1% from three.The Jayhawks outrebounded the Bruins 39-29. Senior forward Trevor Noack led Belmont with 19 points and eight rebounds.

McLemore hit four three’s and finished with 17 pts. Senior guard Travis Releford also dropped 17 pts, and Withey finished with 14 pts and five blocks.

The Jayhawks currently own a 27-game win streak at home. They will host the Richmond Spiders on Tuesday night at Allen Fieldhouse.

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