No. 6 Jayhawks crush 'Huskers


Published: Tuesday, January 30, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 30, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

LINCOLN, Neb. — Brandon Rush scored 20 points, Julian Wright added 17, and sixth-ranked Kansas used a 27-0 run in the first half to fuel a 76-56 blowout of Nebraska on Monday night.

The Jayhawks (19-3, 6-1 Big 12) won for the 13th time in 14 games. Their 16th win in 17 meetings with Nebraska gave them a half-game lead over Texas A&M and Texas in the conference. The Huskers (12-8, 1-5) lost their third straight.

Ryan Anderson made six 3-pointers and led Nebraska with 19 points.

Kansas outrebounded the Huskers 46-20.

Kansas owns the record for most lopsided win by a Nebraska opponent — 102-46 in 1958 — and it looked as if the Jayhawks would threaten that 56-point margin after their 27-0 run put them up 39-6.

As the game got further out of hand, fans began to sarcastically cheer Kansas' missed shots and Nebraska's rebounds. When Jay-R Strowbridge's layup ended a scoring drought that lasted nearly 14 minutes, much of the crowd rose to cheer the occasion.

The Jayhawks led 43-16 at half after Nebraska scored eight straight points in the last two minutes.

NO. 7 PITTSBURGH 65, VILLANOVA 59

Levance Fields scored 20 points and Aaron Gray had 14 points and 10 rebounds, leading No. 7 Pittsburgh over host Villanova.

Antonio Graves had 13 points, including a clutch 3-pointer in the closing minutes, to help the Panthers (20-3, 8-1 in Big East) win for the 10th time in 11 games. Pitt set a school record by reaching the 20-win mark for the sixth consecutive season.

Curtis Sumpter scored 21 points for Villanova (14-7, 3-5). The Wildcats were seeking their third victory over a ranked opponent this month.

Fields' fastbreak layup broke a 47-all tie with 6:03 left and Pitt led the rest of the way. Another layup by Fields following a turnover made it 51-47.

Mike Nardi's layup cut it to 54-51. After a turnover, Nardi banked one in just before the shot clock expired to cut the deficit to 54-53.

But Graves hit a 3-pointer and Fields added another 3 to give Pitt a 60-55 lead with 51 seconds remaining.

The 7-foot Gray then blocked Sumpter's shot and Graves iced it with a pair of free throws.

NO. 13 BUTLER 71, ILLINOIS-CHICAGO 45

Pete Campbell scored 17 points, Mike Green added 16, and host Butler avenged one of its two losses this season with a rout of Illinois-Chicago.

The Bulldogs (20-2, 8-1 Horizon League), reaching 20 victories in the fewest number of games in school history, hit their first five field goals, all 3-pointers by five different players, took a 39-16 lead at halftime, built it to as many as 33 points in the second half and coasted the rest of the way.

TENNESSEE

Junior Chris Lofton will try running on his right ankle for the first time since his injury, and coach Bruce Pearl said he will make a game-time decision Wednesday on whether the Southeastern Conference's leading scorer plays against Georgia.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Point guard Tre Kelley was named the SEC player of the week after averaging 22.5 points in the Gamecocks first two league victories this season.

DUKE

Forward David McClure is doubtful for the 10th-ranked Blue Devils' game against Virginia on Thursday due to a knee injury.

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