Lubbock can be a difficult place for road teams to play. However, it’s not because of a hostile environment, rather, it’s because of the opposite.
The Kansas Jayhawks had to deal with the strange phenomenon Saturday afternoon at United Spirit Arena, as they overcame a very sluggish first half to pull away and beat the Texas Tech Red Raiders 60-46 in front of a half empty arena to improve to 14-1 overall and 2-0 in Big 12 play.
Kansas came out slow out of the gates and showed the tendencies of previous teams that have had problems at Texas Tech (8-6, 1-2) in the past. Mental mistakes and bad rebounding had the Jayhawks only up 27-25 at halftime. The Red Raiders out rebounded KU 16-8 in the half.
In the second half, Kansas woke up and began executing, going on a 12-0 run to turn a close game into a run away, stretching the lead to as much as 18 points late, en route to the win, paced by 61% shooting in the second half.
The Jayhawks were led by senior spark plug Kevin Young, who scored 14 points. Young was one of four KU players in double figures. Jeff Withey and Travis Releford each scored 12, while Ben McLemore followed Monday’s herculean effort with 10 points and four rebounds.
Kansas returns home to Allen Fieldhouse, Monday night for a showdown with Scott Drew’s Baylor Bears.