LAWRENCE, Kan. – Darrell Arthur scored 10 of his game-high tying 14 points in the first half and added 10 rebounds for his second double-double of the season to lead third-ranked Kansas to a 78-54 win against Miami (Ohio) in men’s basketball action here Saturday afternoon.
With the victory, the Jayhawks improved to 12-0, while Miami fell to 6-5. Kansas has started a season 12-0 for the 10th time in school history and is 10-0 in home games this year.
Darnell Jackson also had 14 points for Kansas as he hit six of seven field goal attempts. Jackson also added eight rebounds and two blocks in just 20 minutes of play.
Guards Mario Chalmers and Brandon Rush each chipped in 10 points, while Sheron Collins came off the bench to add eight points for KU. KU has had a different leading scorer in each of the last four games.
Miami (Ohio) was led by Kenny Hayes and Tim Pollitz, who each had 11 points.
With 78 points, Kansas became the first Miami opponent to score 70 points in 45 games against the Redhawks. The 44-game streak was the nation’s longest such streak
Meanwhile KU held its opponent to less than 60 points for the sixth time this season and to less than 70 points for the 10th time in 12 games.
Kansas hit 57.9 percent of its field goal attempts for its second-best shooting game of the year. KU has now made more than half of its shots in four straight games.
The Jayhawks also took care of the ball, committing a season-low six turnovers, while the Redhawks turned it over 14 times. KU scored 18 points off Miami turnovers and outscored the visitors 12-0 in fast break points.
After trailing 39-22 at the break, Miami was never able to get closer than 17 points in the second half as the Jayhawks built up as much as a 30-point lead at 61-31 after a Collins layup.
In the first half, the Jayhawks used strong defense, while putting together a 13-0 run, which turned a 7-6 lead into a 20-6 advantage midway through the half.
Kansas extended its margin to 35-13 before Miami scored a basket at the 3:28 mark. Prior to that field goal, Miami had gone 11:55 with just one made shot from the floor. The Redhawks did manage four free throws in that time span however.
Kansas will have a full week without a game before hosting Yale on Saturday, Dec. 29 at 7 p.m. That game will be televised on the Jayhawk Network.