Archive for Tuesday, January 16, 1996


January 16, 1996


Billy Thomas swished three consecutive three-pointers against Saint Peter's on Monday night.

Thomas, Kansas' sophomore shooting guard, in fact, scored 14 points the first half as the Jayhawks raced to a 45-26 lead. Thomas finished with a season-high 16 points on 5-of-7 shooting in the Jayhawks' 85-71 victory.

"I feel I can make shots. It just so happened tonight our players kept giving me the ball and they were going in," said Thomas.

Star of the game?: KU's Jerod Haase had 13 points, six assists and a career-best five steals.

The reckless player also wore bandages on his left arm and right knee the second half. Haase had a scab break on his arm and he skinned his knee chasing the basketball.

Top-notch record: KU, 13-1 overall and 1-0 in the Big Eight, has no more nonconference games. The Jayhawks have lost just once -- to Temple -- during its rugged early-season slate.

"I think it's something they really should be congratulated for," KU coach Roy Williams said.

Designated shooter: Freshman Ryan Robertson hit five of six technical foul shots. He was Williams' choice to shoot the T's called on three Saint Peter's players.

"I like that kind of position. I feel confident I can make them," Robertson said. "It's like coach Williams is saying, 'Ryan, here are two points you can have.'''

Applause: KU center Scot Pollard made 3 of 8 free throws. KU as a team hit 27 of 46. At one point, KU's fans cheered extremely loud after Pollard swished a charity.

It appeared the fans were being supportive.

"I hope so. I hope they were not making fun of me," he said good-naturedly. "I felt like cheering myself."

Charity woes: KU made 27 of 46 free throws.

``I was getting sick, to be honest, with the way we were shooting the ball on the free-throw line,'' Williams said. ``We've got to shoot them better than that. This team has shot more free throws than any I've coached and maybe all of `em put together. I don't want anybody sending me any daggum letters giving me any cures,'' he added.

KU will next meet Colorado at 3:05 p.m. Saturday in Boulder, Colo.

  • LaFrentz Selected: Raef LaFrentz, who averaged 20 points and 9.5 rebounds in wins over Oklahoma State and Florida, was named Big Eight player of the week on Monday. The 6-foot-11 sophomore hit 15-of-22 shots and 9-of-15 free throws.

  • KU-OSU Tickets: Several hundred general admission tickets for the Kansas-Oklahoma State game on Jan. 31 are available from the Allen Fieldhouse ticket office, either in person or by calling 864-3141. Tickets cost $20 with a limit of four. Tipoff is 8:05 p.m.

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