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JAYHAWKS MAUL WSU FOR FOURTH YEAR IN ROW

January 9, 1992

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— They call this a rivalry?

Kansas University's basketball team, which blasted Wichita State, 81-51, on Wednesday night at Levitt Arena, has now slugged the Shockers by 30, 34, 27 and 20 points over the past four seasons.

One-sided blowouts one and all.

"I can honestly say I have never, ever been concerned with how many points we win by," KU coach Roy Williams said after the victory, the Jayhawks' 11th in as many tries.

"They may get a statement from it," Williams added, referring to Kansas fans who delight in drilling one of KU's in-state rivals, "but I'm sure not trying to make one."

Williams didn't take pleasure in handing WSU the third worst loss in Levitt Arena history. He did, however, enjoy inconveniencing Shocker fans early in the second half.

WSU BOOSTERS, who stand and cheer until the Shockers register their first points of each half, were up and applauding the second-half tip, even though KU led, 48-30, at the break.

"We talked to the kids and said, `Let's see how long we can keep 'em standing and clapping,''' Williams said. "We kept 'em up four minutes and 10 seconds. That defensive push took the air out of (the game)."

The Jayhawks, sparked by Rex Walters and Adonis Jordan, who combined for 21 of KU's first-half points, and Richard Scott, who contributed 11, went on a 10-0 run to open the second half.

Jordan (game-high 20 points) and Scott (17) scored four points, while Walters had two of his 11 in the early second-half surge KU's third 10-0 run of the game.

WSU's fans didn't sit down until John Smith hit a shot with 15:50 left and KU leading, 58-32.

After that, no suspense remained, except in waiting to see whether KU would hand the Shockers their worst-ever home loss. That was a 35-point shocker delivered by Loyola of Chicago during the 1969-70 season.

"I WAS PLEASED with the first 30 minutes. After that it got kind of sloppy," Williams said. "We had three turnovers the first half and shot 57 percent. That's good basketball."

The Jayhawks took an early 8-3 lead, thanks to a pair of three-pointers by Jordan and two Walters free throws.

WSU's Smith hit a layup at 16:37. KU then scored 10 straight points on buckets by Eric Pauley, Walters, Greg Ostertag, Ben Davis and Alonzo Jamison.

"They played both zone and man early and tried to confuse us," Walters said. "When that happens, we've got to be patient. I thought we reacted pretty well the first half."

Down 20-7 at 9:07, the Shockers outscored KU, 7-0. Michael Wiggins, Claudius Johnson and K.C. Hunt hit baskets, and Smith (team high 15 points) canned a free throw in that run.

Up six, KU went on another 10-0 run, stretched it to 14-2 and led, 34-16, with 5:56 left in the half.

WIGGINS SCORED five straight, making the score 34-21 with 4:30 left.

But KU, led by Scott's nine points, outscored the Shocks 12-9 to close the half.

In all, the Jayhawks hit 57.5 percent from the field the first half, 43.3 percent the second and 50.8 percent for the game. WSU hit 35.8 percent from the field and committed 25 turnovers to KU's 12.

"I thought Rex and Adonis played well," Williams said. "Alonzo's still bothered a little by his knee (sprain). He played well on defense and came up with some steals."

Of Wichita State, 2-7 and losers of seven straight and five at a row at home, Williams was complimentary.

"Basically the thing they're missing is experience," Williams said. "They're getting older and more experienced every day. Hopefully they'll be ready when the conference season comes around."

KU is scheduled to face Louisville at 7:08 p.m. Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse.

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