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Archive for Sunday, February 5, 1995

LAFRENTZ SHOWS RANGE

February 5, 1995

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It has been said Raef LaFrentz possesses a soft touch for a big man.

LaFrentz, Kansas' 6-foot-11 freshman forward who is hitting 56.3 percent of his shots, extended his range to beyond the three-point arc during Saturday's 91-71 victory over Iowa State.

He flipped in a pair of three-pointers -- the first of his college career. His touch was feathery, just like on his shots inside the paint.

"It hasn't presented itself to me this year. It felt good to knock them down," said LaFrentz, who had missed two threes in KU's first 18 games. "It felt good. It felt right tonight. If our big guys can hit the outside shot consistently, it would really open it up inside."

LaFrentz said he felt no hesitation with the Cyclones backing off him.

"I didn't think twice about the shot. I just wanted to get set and make sure nobody else was open. I looked inside, looked on the wings and nobody was open, so I shot it," he said.

LaFrentz finished with 12 points on four-of-five shooting. The Monona, Iowa, native had five points in KU's 69-65 loss to Iowa State on Jan. 14 in Ames.

"I went there and had a poor performance. I wanted to show the people (of Iowa) Raef made a good decision," LaFrentz said.

Defensive stopper: Jerod Haase, who scored 13 points, had a tough defensive assignment -- Fred Hoiberg, who burned KU for 32 points in Ames.

Hoiberg hit five of 12 shots and scored 19 points Saturday. Eleven of his points came after the Jayhawks had built a 32-point lead.

"I was trying to do all I could to deny him the ball," Haase said. "My teammates let me know where the screens were. They helped me fight through screens. There were a lot of them. They want to get him the ball."

It proved vindication for Haase, who was silenced by Hoiberg in Ames.

"He's such a great player. It's nice to get a win and play good defense on Hoiberg," Haase said.

Pearson scores 24: Sean Pearson hit seven of 11 shots and scored a game-high 24 points. He also hit eight of nine free throws.

"When I get a couple layups, I start thinking I can't miss," said Pearson, who hit two of three threes. "I was getting good looks, so I kept shooting. I got my confidence and started moving farther back. My teammates set the picks and got me the ball."

Early bobbles: KU had nine turnovers the first 9:15, then just one the remainder of the half. Both teams finished with 17 turnovers.

"We came out a little tight," said KU point guard Jacque Vaughn, who had 13 points, six assists and four turnovers in 31 minutes. "Offensively we could use a little more movement. That's the most three-second calls I'd seen since I've been playing basketball."

Both teams were tooted for several three-point violations.

Meyer off mark: ISU center Loren Meyer hit one of 10 shots and scored two points.

"It reminded me of Alonzo Jamison in the national championship game. He was 1-for-10, and all were from point-blank range," KU coach Roy Williams said. "You gotta make some of those and he didn't. I don't know that our defense is very good if Loren lays it up three times and it doesn't go in. We were fortunate. We were lucky."

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