COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) -- Poor free throw shooting foiled
Kansas in both of its Big 12 Conference losses, but on Wednesday
solid work from the line helped the Jayhawks get a 83-73 win over
Russell Robinson had a career-high 24 points, and made 12-of-13
free throws, to help Kansas improve to 11-0 all-time against the
"We focused on that just because it haunted us in a couple of
losses early in the season," said Robinson. "Free throws have
been a big emphasis in practice."
Kansas lost to Missouri and Kansas State this season after
missing key free throws late.
This time, the Jayhawks shot 75 percent from the line and made
27-of-36 in the second half and 33-of-44 overall. Their free throws
made and attempted are the most in Big 12 play this season.
It helped them maintain a lead that they captured with a big run
to open the second half.
The Jayhawks scored 16 unanswered points, thanks to eight points
from Robinson and sloppy play by the Aggies. Kansas (12-6, 3-2 Big
12) erased a two-point halftime deficit and had built a 47-33 lead
before Texas A&M finally scored five minutes into the half.
Texas A&M's offense in that span featured blocked shots, misses
from right under the basket and a slew of turnovers.
The Aggies got hot from 3-point range, hitting two straight and
got within 54-50, but Kansas scored eight straight points and put
the game out of reach.
"They just whipped us in every phase of the game," said Texas
A&M coach Billy Gillispie. "We made so many mental mistakes that
it is embarrassing to me as a coach."
"He (Robinson) and Mario together have been pretty effective
for us," said Kansas coach Bill Self. "He's getting to the free
throw line and doing well when he gets there."
Acie Law led Texas A&M with 17 points and Joseph Jones added 15.
Despite leading the team in scoring, Jones and Law shot poorly,
combining to make just 8 of 22 shots.
Texas A&M (12-5, 2-4) led by as many as seven points in the
first half, despite getting just three from Jones. They led 33-31
at halftime. Darnell Jackson kept Kansas in it early, and had 11
first-half points, including two rim-rocking dunks.
The Aggies shot 48 percent in the first half but struggled after
halftime, making just 9-of-29 shots for 31 percent.
Gillispie was impressed with the Jayhawks' play.
"They executed, played with discipline," Gillispie said.
"They played hard. They got to the basket. They did what they were
coached to do."
The contest was a reunion for Self and Gillispie. Gillispie
worked with Self as an assistant at Tulsa from 1997-2000 and then
accompanied him to Illinois.
The Jayhawks are the only Big 12 opponent that Texas A&M has not
beaten since league play began.
Florida State's student government has passed a resolution discouraging Seminoles fans from wearing Native American headdresses at games.
The second annual Gavitt Tipoff Games, eight games between members of the Big East and Big Ten to be played Nov. 14-18, will feature Villanova at Purdue in the opener.
Michael Lewis is leaving his assistant coaching job at Butler to take the same position at Nebraska under Tim Miles.