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That’s pretty ugly’

Jayhawks draw Williams’ wrath during uninspired performance

December 1, 2000

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The fifth game of Kansas' five-game homestand turned out to be a real stinker.

"The only positive thing that happened tonight is we won," KU senior Eric Chenowith said after the Jayhawks' lackluster 80-61 nonconference men's basketball victory over Illinois State on Thursday night at Allen Fieldhouse.

KU coach roy williams was seething when he pulled his starters,
including Kirk Hinrich (10), Drew Gooden, second from left, and
Kenny Gregory, far right, early against Illinois State. The
Jayhawks struggled to an 80-61 victory Thursday night at Allen
Fieldhouse.

KU coach roy williams was seething when he pulled his starters, including Kirk Hinrich (10), Drew Gooden, second from left, and Kenny Gregory, far right, early against Illinois State. The Jayhawks struggled to an 80-61 victory Thursday night at Allen Fieldhouse.

It completed a stretch of games all victories against inferior opponents North Dakota, Boise State, Washburn, Middle Tennessee State and ISU.

"That's pretty ugly. It's very frustrating right now," KU coach Roy Williams said after watching the Jayhawks build a 33-25 lead in the first half despite being outrebounded 26-21.

"We had five games in a row where we knew we were better than the other team. I guess it's human nature to find it hard to maintain the focus. We didn't do it tonight to say the least.

"We've got practice tomorrow and I told the kids at halftime it could be a track practice."

For what it's worth, the Jayhawks (7-0) believe they deserve to be punished with extra running after their uninspired victory over the Redbirds (1-1).

"That's the worst I've seen us play, even at practice. That was bad," sophomore guard Kirk Hinrich said after dishing eight assists six the second half. "I have never seen coach that mad."

Drew Gooden drives on Illinois State's Shedrick Ford, left. Gooden
scored a game-high 17 points Thursday at Allen Fieldhouse.

Drew Gooden drives on Illinois State's Shedrick Ford, left. Gooden scored a game-high 17 points Thursday at Allen Fieldhouse.

A miffed Williams pulled starters Hinrich, Drew Gooden (17 points), Eric Chenowith (11 points), Kenny Gregory (11 points despite playing on a sore foot) and Jeff Boschee at the first TV time out, KU down, 7-6.

Williams inserted walk-on Lewis Harrison, Mario Kinsey, Jeff Carey, Luke Axtell and Nick Collison. That group walk-on Brett Ballard came in for Kinsey after a couple minutes outscored Illinois State, 7-1, the next 4 1/2 minutes.

"We didn't have the attention. We were not focused on what we were supposed to do," Williams said.

"We had a set play during a time out and didn't execute it right. We made three defensive errors in a row. A guy gets the ball at the top of the key and drives all the way to the basket and lays it up against us.

"Nobody comes to help. Nobody takes a charge. It's like we weren't out there. So I took those guys out and put in five new ones. They played well defensively, just didn't make enough baskets on the other end."

The starters returned with 11:23 left in the half and continued to struggle.

Kansas' Drew Gooden (0) celebrates a second-half score in front of
the Redbirds' Rich Beyers. Gooden whooped it up Thursday at Allen
Fieldhouse.

Kansas' Drew Gooden (0) celebrates a second-half score in front of the Redbirds' Rich Beyers. Gooden whooped it up Thursday at Allen Fieldhouse.

KU had nine of its season-low 14 turnovers while hitting just 40 percent of its shots the first half. KU led by eight because Illinois State missed 17 of its first 21 shots and hit 25.8 percent the first half.

"We came out and took it for granted tonight," Gooden said. "Coach was very mad. He took out the starters early. He said, 'You guys are not doing what you are supposed to. If you don't start doing what you are supposed to, you will not play the rest of the game.'''

Halftime was no picnic for the Jayhawks.

"Coach really blasted us at halftime, rightfully so," said junior forward Carey, who had four points off the bench the first half. "He had a lot of things to say. It was not uncalled for."

"Coach really got on us," Gooden noted. "He said we had to pick up the intensity. We were too sluggish. He said we were not playing Kansas basketball."

The Jayhawks responded.

Brett Ballard splits Illinois State defenders Randy Rice, left, and
Ishmael Joyce. Kansas coach Roy Williams' decision to bench the
starters early Thursday meant early floor time for backups like
Ballard.

Brett Ballard splits Illinois State defenders Randy Rice, left, and Ishmael Joyce. Kansas coach Roy Williams' decision to bench the starters early Thursday meant early floor time for backups like Ballard.

KU hit eight of its first nine shots in the second half and put the game away with a 16-5 run.

Chenowith had seven points and Boschee hit a three in the half-opening burst.

"We were horrible the first half. Halftime was a wake-up call. We responded to the way coach got after us," Hinrich said.

Williams said he liked soph Collison's hustle the second half. He scored nine points and had nine rebounds after scoring zero points with four boards the first half.

"I love Nick Collison's effort in the second half. On two occasions he dove on the floor, ended up getting the possession and we scored," Williams said.

"Early in the second half we got the ball to Drew and Eric inside. That helped us and Kirk's passing helped us," Williams added. "Congratulate Illinois State. They did some things to hurt us. They outhustled us and played a lot better than we did the first half."

The Jayhawks will travel to Wake Forest next Thursday for a 6:05 p.m. tip.

"We have to play a lot better than this come next Thursday or it'll be a long night," Williams said.




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Kansas' Jeff Boschee (13) drives past ISU's Randy Rice. Boschee
finished with seven points Thursday.

Kansas' Jeff Boschee (13) drives past ISU's Randy Rice. Boschee finished with seven points Thursday.

KU's Kenny Gregory (20) rises above the Illinois State defense.
Gregory finished with 11 points on Thursday at Allen Fieldhouse.

KU's Kenny Gregory (20) rises above the Illinois State defense. Gregory finished with 11 points on Thursday at Allen Fieldhouse.



ILLINOIS STATE (61) MIN FG FT REB PF TP
m-a m-a o-t
Traves Wilson 20 3-8 1-3 1-7 4 8
Shedrick Ford 25 1-6 4-4 0-3 2 6
Andy Strandmark 22 1-7 4-4 1-6 3 6
Randy Rice 21 0-2 0-0 0-1 0 0
Shawn Jeppson 22 6-9 1-1 1-3 2 14
Cedric Knight 14 3-6 1-1 5-6 4 7
Ishmael Joyce 13 1-2 2-3 0-1 4 4
Dirk Williams 13 1-2 0-0 1-6 2 2
Tarise Bryson 24 1-9 4-7 0-1 1 7
Rich Beyers 15 2-5 1-1 0-0 3 5
Chad Mazanowski 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 2 0
Jason Hammock 6 0-3 0-0 2-3 00 0
Brett Gillan 1 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 2
Dan Luczywko 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0
Team 0-1
Totals 20-60 18-24 11-38 28 61
Three-point goals: 3-18 (Jeppson 1-3, Wilson 1-4, Bryson 1-6, Ford 0-1, Rice 0-1, Hammock 0-1, Beyers 0-2). Assists: 8 (Ford 2, Rice 2, Bryson 2, Strandmark, Joyce). Turnovers: 16 (Joyce 4, Ford 2, Rice 2, Hammock 2, Luczywko 2, Strandmark, Knight, Beyers, team). Blocked shots: 1 (Beyers). Steals: 10 (Rice 2, Jeppson 2, Williams 2, Knight, Joyce, Mazanowski, Beyers).
KANSAS (80) MIN FG FT REB PF TP
m-a m-a o-t
Drew Gooden 26 7-12 3-5 3-7 2 17
Kenny Gregory 21 5-7 1-4 0-1 0 11
Eric Chenowith 22 4-8 3-6 2-6 3 11
Kirk Hinrich 27 1-1 2-2 1-5 3 5
Jeff Boschee 29 3-9 0-0 0-1 2 7
Mario Kinsey 11 1-4 202 0-0 3 4
Brett Ballard 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0
Nick Collison 23 3-7 3-6 2-9 1 9
Jeff Carey 8 2-2 0-0 1-3 2 4
Lewis Harrison 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0
Luke Axtell 20 3-8 3-4 1-8 2 11
Bryant Nash 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0
Chris Zerbe 1 0-0 1-2 0-0 0 1
Todd Kappelmann 1 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 0
Team 1-3
Totals 29-59 18-31 12-45 19 80
Three-point goals: 4-12 (Axtell 2-6, Hinrich 1-1, Boschee 1-4, Gregory 0-1). Assists: 20 (Hinrich 8, Boschee 3, Gregory 2, Collison 2, Gooden, Kinsey, Carey, Harrison). Turnovers: 14 (Chenowith 2, Hinrich 2, Boschee 2, Harrison 2, Gooden, Kinsey, Ballard, Collison, Carey, Axtell). Blocked shots: 8 (Collison 4, Chenowith 2, Boschee, Kinsey). Steals: 9 (Boschee 4, Axtell 2, Gooden, Gregory, Hinrich.

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