Waco, Texas Eric Chenowith toed the free-throw line with :41.1 seconds left Wednesday, Kansas nursing a three-point lead against Baylor.
Chenowith, Kansas' 7-foot sophomore center, then repeated the feat, swishing two more free throws at :19.1, upping a 63-60 lead to five points.
The free throws proved pivotal in the Jayhawks' 66-62 victory over Baylor before a tiny crowd of 4,433 fans at Ferrell Center.
"Before I shot them, I thought of Missouri. I choked last year with 30 seconds to go at Missouri. I missed both of `em," Chenowith said, believing he was the goat in KU's loss at Mizzou.
"For a split second I thought of that. I've been wanting to make up for that a long time."
Interestingly, Kansas guard Ryan Robertson, the country's leading free throw shooter, had his string of 23 straight made free throws snapped with 7.6 seconds left, KU leading by three.
"Actually that statistic was misleading," Robertson said of his entering with 30 free throws made in 31 tries. "I haven't shot many this year. I haven't shot any in that situation. I was glad I was put in that situation. I'll learn from it."
Robertson said he's not shocked KU pulled out a victory despite making just two field goals in the final 13 minutes and hitting three of its last 15 shots.
"It says a lot about our defense," Robertson said. "At least we were playing defense out there. It seemed like we were stuck on 55 forever."
KU had a seven-minute stretch without scoring. The Jayhawks finished with nine baskets in 24 attempts the final half.
"We got a win," Robertson said. "A lot of times you play poorly and don't win. At least we got a win. Coach is mad, but we'll take a win on the road. We'll go back and do what we always do. We'll look at the tape and try to correct our mistakes."
London calling: KU freshman Marlon London scored a career-high 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting. He had a previous career high of 10 points in last Saturday's home win over Texas A&M.
"I'm playing in the flow of the game and not rushing shots," London said.
Stats, facts: The crowd of 4,433 was the smallest for a KU road game since Dec. 7, 1991, when 3,167 attended KU's game at Long Beach State. .... KU has opened conference play 2-0 for the fourth straight year. ... Jeff Boschee's 14 points were one off a career high for KU's freshman point guard. ... Three of KU's first four field goals and four of its first six were dunks. ...
Stukes given release: Tevis Stukes, the second-leading scorer in the Big 12 Conference, has officially left Baylor's team.
Stukes, a 5-foot-11 junior guard out of New Orleans, must remain in school for the spring semester to fulfill his obligations under the national letter of intent. Had he not remained at Baylor this spring, he'd have lost his fourth year of eligibility.
"There was just a lot of miscommunication between me and coach (Harry) Miller," Stukes said. "There were just some problems we had. We got off the track somewhere so it's best I go on and do what I need to do."
"We wish him well as he pursues his basketball and academic goals," Miller said of Stukes, who averaged 17.8 points per game.
Stukes will have to sit out a year after transferring to his next school.
His best friend, senior forward Rahsaan Jones, had also missed practices this week but has rejoined the team.
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