Friday, March 19, 2010
Final: Kansas 90, Lehigh 74
By Pat Forde
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Quick postgame thoughts from Kansas 90, Lehigh 74:
That was no tour de force from the overall No. 1 seed in the tournament. But in the end it was all that it needed to be -- a victory. Jayhawks now advance to play Northern Iowa Saturday. "Happy that we won," coach Bill Self said, in muted praise of his team's performance.
After a very slow start, Kansas assumed the lead midway through the first half and then maintained a single-digit lead through the first six minutes of the second half before making a push. Lehigh continued to battle and whittled the lead back down to six at 50-44, but couldn't get any closer than that the rest of the way. Kansas missed enough open jump shots and layups to keep the final score from getting too far out of hand.
As expected, Kansas walloped Lehigh on the glass, 42-29. The Mountain Hawks had nowhere near enough height, heft or leaping ability to compete inside with the Jayhawks.
Sophomore Marcus Morris led KU with 26 points and 11 rebounds, most of it coming from skulking around the offensive glass and putting in misses of others.