Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Markieff, Marcus Morris Lead Kansas Past Memphis in Jimmy V Classic

Kansas forward Markieff Morris scored 16 points and his brother Marcus Morris added 14 as the Jayhawks pulled away from Memphis in the second half to win 81-68 during the first game of the Jimmy V Classic on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.

After the Tigers tied the game 39-39 early in the second half, Kansas went on a 9-0 run to open a nine-point lead. The Morris brothers both made powerful basket inside and then guard Tyrel Reed capped the run with a 3-pointer. It wouldn't be close again as Kansas stretched its lead to as much as 15 points in the second half.

The Jayhawks shot 57 percent from the field for the game, compared to just 37 percent shooting for the Tigers.

Memphis, which suffered its first loss of the season, was led in scoring by guard Will Barton's 16 points. Forward Wesley Witherspoon had an off night with eight points on 3 of 11 shooting.

How It Was Won: This game was ultimately won in the paint where the Memphis' youth was no match for the muscle of the Morris brothers. The Jayhawks outscored Memphis in the paint while also winning the rebounding battle 44-31.

How It Was Lost:
The Tigers shot miserably from the field, particularly from 3-point range, from which they insisted on shooting all night. They converted 6 of 19 from 3-point range for a 32 percent showing.

Key Stat:
The Jayhawks outscored Memphis in the paint 46-35.

What We Didn't Like
: If you want proof the Jayhawks need Josh Selby at point guard, look no further than 22 turnovers for the night.


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