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JORDAN SHARP BEYOND ARC

January 26, 1992

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Maybe Adonis Jordan is far-sighted. Or maybe it's the tide. Or sun spots.

Whatever, Jordan was deadly from three-point range Saturday, but inexplicably inept shooting two-pointers in Kansas' 103-78 cruiser against Nebraska.

"I hate missing layups," the junior guard said afterward. "I'm more down on that than the three-pointers I missed."

Jordan made six of 10 treys, but he missed seven of eight deuces almost all of 'em close-in. He'd missed seven two-pointers in a row before he finally cruised in for a layup off a steal with 3:18 remaining.

"I was surprised," Jordan quipped, smiling. "I thought I was gonna miss it."

THE 5-10 POINT guard sure was clicking from beyond the arc, though.

"I've been struggling the last three games," Jordan said. "Coach Williams said the jump shot was in my body, and to just keep shooting it."

Jordan did. He wound up as the Jayhawks' leading scorer with 20 points and at least re-discovered his three-point touch after a three-game shooting slump.

"I don't think he has a thing to worry about," teammate Rex Walters said. "He's gonna hit those (two-pointers). There are 13 guys in the locker room who wouldn't have another guy shooting."

At the same time, however, those 13 guys would undoubtedly settle for Richard Scott, too, if they needed two points in the paint.

The Big Eight's leading percentage shooter he hasn't taken a three-pointer all season made seven of 10 shots around the basket, contributed 10 boards and concluded the afternoon with 17 points.

All in a day's work, Scott said.

"It just so happened I was getting good position down low and my teammates were getting me the ball," the sophomore forward said. "I was trying to get inside position and sneak around guys."

KANSAS WAS pretty sneaky on defense, too. The Jayhawks collected a dozen steals while forcing 29 Nebraska turnovers.

NU point guard Jamar Johnson, a sophomore who didn't play last season because of NCAA academic guidelines, was a marked man.

"Coach was saying his turnover-assist ratio was so good," Jordan said. "I take pride in my defense. I try to force the point guard I'm covering into five turnovers."

Jordan beat that goal by two. Johnson had seven turnovers and just two assists. Jordan finished with one turnover and six assists. And 20 points to Johnson's eight.

Kansas scored 103 points despite shooting an uncharacteristic 45 percent (35 of 78) and being outrebounded 46-41. But the Jayhawks forced all those turnovers and held the Huskers to 40 percent (25 of 63) accuracy.

"We really bothered their shots," Jamison said.

Especially the Huskers' three-point attempts. Nebraska made only four of 18 treys.

"WE TRIED to take wide-open (three-point) shots and we tried to contest every one of theirs," Walters said. "When we go to Nebraska, I'm sure the rims will be a lot friendlier to them."

Allen Fieldhouse sure seemed friendly to the Jayhawks who played their first two Big Eight games, both wins, on the road.

"Maybe it was good to get away and prove how good we are," Walters said. "Then it was great to get back home."

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