FLAGSTAFF, ARIZ. Patrick Richey saw the light Saturday night, and it wasn't red.
Richey, a 6-8 freshman, knocked in five of seven three-point attempts to help Kansas knuckle Northern Arizona, 84-57, in the Walkup Skydome.
"No, not yet," KU coach Roy Williams said when asked if Richey has the green light now. "As long as he makes 'em, I can't say too much. He does have the caution (light), not the green."
With the Jayhawks' main trey man, Terry Brown, off target and with the Lumberjacks packing a zone inside, Richey became the zone-buster the Jayhawks needed.
"Terry's got the green light," smiled Richey, who totaled 15 points. "Right now I'm working on getting the green light."
In pre-game, the Lee's Summit, Mo., product said he could feel it.
"In warmups I was shooting good so I felt good," Richey said, "then when I hit the first one I knew I was on."
RICHEY KNOCKED his first trey down with 15:47 left in the first half. He had two more three-pointers in the first 20 minutes as the Jayhawks, who never trailed, bolted to a 42-31 lead at the break.
Kansas seemed to thrive on Northern Arizona's zone after struggling against Arizona State's cloying man-to-man on Friday night in Tempe.
"It was different," Williams said. "It took us a little while to get our feet under us against the zone. The only thing that bothered me is we seemed to live and die with the jump shot."
Actually, the Jayhawks operated fairly well inside, too, or at least Mark Randall did. Randall bounced back from Friday night's poor performance against the Sun Devils to score a team-high 19 points.
According to Williams, Randall bounced back because he wasn't bothered by back spasms and because he was more relaxed.
"He was more active," Williams said.
RANDALL SHRUGGED off the back problems. He wouldn't use injury as an excuse.
"I didn't feel that bad," he stressed. "I just didn't do the things Mark Randall should be doing. The big thing tonight is we were running our offense. I got the shot because we ran the offense."
Brown, who missed seven of 11 three-pointers after making seven of 10 against ASU, collected 16 points nevertheless, plus a team- and career-high nine boards.
Adonis Jordan and Alonzo Jamison added 10 points apiece as the Jayhawks erased the bad taste of Friday's disappointing 70-68 defeat.
"Yesterday was mostly jitters," Jamison said, "but we got that out of the way."
Kansas still has the free-throw jitters, however, especially Jamison who missed eight of 10 charities Saturday night.
"Alonzo looks better shooting 'em, but he's gotta relax," Williams said.
KANSAS MADE only eight of 20 free throws Saturday after a miserable six of 17 performance on Friday. Thus the Jayhawks are 14 of 37 at the foul line after two games.
"We made 31 of 41 (against Flint, Mich.) last week," Williams said, shaking his head. "We'll keep shooting 'em in practice. We'll shoot more this week."
Williams was, of course, glad the Jayhawks didn't return home 0-for-Arizona.
"I'd say I was concerned," Williams said about Saturday's game, "but I wasn't worried. I challenged 'em to have pride. And Northern Arizona wasn't as athletic as Arizona State and wasn't able to apply the same (defensive) pressure."
Kansas, 1-1, will open at home next Saturday night against Marquette.