Milwaukee Perplexed and frustrated by his recent shooting slump, Adonis Jordan brooded at halftime Tuesday night.
"He had his head down. I jumped him a bit," KU coach Roy Williams said following Kansas' 85-61 win over Marquette on Tuesday night at the Bradley Center.
Jordan, who entered the game in a 15-for-50 shooting slump, made just one of three first-half shots. But he made five of seven the second half and finished with a team-leading 14 points.
"I thought he was outstanding the second half," Williams said.
Jordan's confidence, it seems, was at an all-time low when Williams encountered him at halftime.
"I was sitting there and he said, `Pick up your head. You are a good shooter,''' said Jordan, who hit two of four three-pointers. "He told me to not worry about it and go out and play basketball like I know how."
Jordan was worried about his inability to hit the open jumper before receiving his slap in the face.
"The last four games, they've not been going in," Jordan said. "I tried to not think about it, but then I started out bad again tonight, and I couldn't help but get down on myself. I thought `Here I go again.'
"Coach helped me out. I kept my head up after that. I knocked some shots down and moved the ball and tried to get my teammates involved."
Even more than his offensive rebirth, Jordan was more impressed with his team's defense Tuesday.
"Marquette held the ball some the first half," he said. "The second half, we played good defense and got some easy shots."