Kansas City, Mo. Utah All-America candidate Keith Van Horn, who hit 54.5 percent of his shots a year ago, misfired on 10 of 16 tries Saturday at Kemper Arena.
Kansas' Raef LaFrentz, B.J. Williams, Scot Pollard and T.J. Pugh combined to clamp the 6-foot-9 junior, who hit 9 of 10 free throws and scored a game-high 22 points in the Utes' 79-68 season-opening loss to the Jayhawks.
"Twenty-two points, that's not exactly shutting him down," said LaFrentz, who rejected one of Van Horn's first attempts. "We tried to cut down on his touches. We felt he had to work hard for his points."
Van Horn grabbed 10 rebounds, while LaFrentz and Paul Pierce led the Jayhawks with nine apiece.
"Keith Van Horn is a great player. We worked our butts off. No one man is going to be able to contain him," LaFrentz said.
Van Horn, who played 37 minutes, finished with four fouls as did center Michael Doleac, who had six points and five boards in 17 minutes. KU center Scot Pollard, who picked up his third foul with four minutes to go in the first half, had eight points and two boards in 18 minutes.
"Their big guy was in foul trouble, too, and that neutralized it a bit," LaFrentz said. "Any time Scot gets in foul trouble, everyone else has to work hard and take up the slack because he's a big guy for us."
Pollard had two offensive fouls in the first half.
"I need to cut down on my silly fouls," Pollard said. "I need to be prepared for situations where I will need to be in the right position on the court."
Foul-plagued KU point guard Jacque Vaughn, who played 24 minutes, sat out an 11-minute stretch in the second half in which KU upped a six-point lead to nine.
"I realized he was on the bench, but I didn't know he had four fouls," Pollard said. "I said, 'Jacque, what are you doing on the bench?' He said, 'I've got four fouls.' He's definitely our leader. It's nice to have the other guys step up with Jacque out of the game."
Haase delivers: KU junior Jerod Haase, who had 17 points, scored 12 the final half. Two came on a thunder baseline dunk off a feed from LaFrentz during a pivotal 16-4 run that erased a 1-point deficit.
"It's the way it's designed. It's a backdoor cut. Ryan called it," Haase said of frosh point guard Ryan Robertson. "And Raef made the pass. You have to give them the credit."
Haase, who had five steals in 30 minutes, says there's a reason the Jayhawks heated up for 48 points the final half after scoring 31 the first.
"The first half, we all wanted to play perfect basketball," he said. "The second half, we were in the rhythm of the game and a lot looser. I think we did get frustrated the first half. We were trying to do things just right."
Full-court press: The Jayhawks forced 21 turnovers, 10 the first half when they mainly used their full-court press.
"I think the press was OK. It got a couple of steals and created some turnovers. Whenever you create turnovers, the press works," senior point guard Calvin Rayford said.
Rayford had two assists and four turnovers in 14 minutes. He didn't attempt a shot.
"A lot of people were disappointed our shots weren't falling, but hey, it was an ugly win," Rayford said. "It was ugly compared to what we normally do. We look real pretty when we execute."