Kansas crushes TCU at Allen Fieldhouse

The February Revenge Tour for KU ended on Saturday at home against TCU.

The Jayhawks tried as hard as they could to get rid of the memories of an inexplicable loss to the Horned Frogs two weeks ago, by completely crushing TCU 73-48 at Allen Fieldhouse.

KU (23-4) held TCU to nine points in the first half. Ben McLemore outscored the entire team with 10 points, capped off with a thunderous dunk on the baseline. He finished with 14 points, four less than a game 18 from senior Jeff Withey.

"We played well in the first half," head coach Bill Self said. "We guarded them and they ball movd great for us. We executed and were efficient."

TCU (10-17) actually outscored Kansas in the second half 39-36 but the damage was done from the first half.

"They could score it every which way they wanted to," TCU head coach Trent Johnson said. "They are a lot better than we are and that's pretty much it."

The matter of revenge wasn't really close to the players' mind, more focused on simply winning than making a statement. Every player clocked minutes against TCU but not everyone scored. Perry Ellis had a nice game, dropping in 12 points - the most in a KU uniform for the freshman.

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Jeff Withey scored 18 points, Ben McLemore added 14 and No. 9 Kansas routed TCU 74-48 on Saturday to avenge a stunning loss to the lowly Horned Frogs just over two weeks ago.
   
Perry Ellis and Travis Releford added 12 points each for the Jayhawks (23-4, 11-3 Big 12), who began the day tied with Kansas State for first place in the conference.
   
Kansas has won three straight since a rare three-game losing streak, one that included an embarrassing 62-55 loss to the Horned Frogs (10-17, 1-13) on Feb. 6. TCU still has not managed to beat another Big 12 team during its first season in the conference.