Thursday, March 18, 2010
Halftime: Kansas 35, Lehigh 29
By Pat Forde
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Quick thoughts from Kansas 35, Lehigh 29.
• Like just about everything else on this riotous first day of the NCAA tournament, the half did not go as planned for the favored, No. 1-ranked Jayhawks.
• They started the game without scoring for the first 3 minutes and 15 seconds, and trailed the Patriot League champions 12-4 after six minutes. Order was restored thereafter, but Kansas has not been able to pull away and take command of the game. Their biggest lead was 11 before Lehigh cut it to two at 31-29, and then the Jayhawks scored the final four points of the half.
• Zahir Carrington, the undersized but resolute center I interviewed Wednesday, had a great half. He led the Mountain Hawks with 12 points and five rebounds.
• Stay tuned. You cannot expect an earth-moving upset here, but this game merits monitoring the rest of the way.