December 10, 2006

Rush, Kansas close Kemper with win

No. 13 ranked Kansas (8-2, 0-0) played their last game in Kemper Arena Saturday. Led by Brandon Rush's 19 points, the Jayhawks held off a pesky Toledo (2-5, 0-0) team, 68-58. The inconsistency continued for KU, who played superb offense in the first, only to go stone cold in the second half. Kansas had a major size advantage over the Rockets, but Toledo wasn't intimidated.

Saturday's game is the only contest for Kansas over the next two weeks. Heading into the long break, Bill Self needed his team to play a solid game.

Since the Florida game in Las Vegas, Nev., the Jayhawks have struggled offensively. Their defense has been the sole reason for most of their wins this season. Star sophomore Rush came into the game in the middle of his worst shooting slump as a Jayhawk. Over the past three games, Rush has shot a disappointing 4-21 from the field.

While Rush recognizes the slump, he certainly isn't going to stop shooting, something Self had to have been happy about against Toledo.

Rush led all scorers with his 19 points on 6-16 shooting. At one point, the 6-foot-6 forward hit three straight three pointers, giving Kansas a 10-point lead.

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