Kansas senior Travis Releford nearly brought the house down with a power dunk over Colorado’s Jeremy Adams in the final minutes of the first half on Saturday. Releford was pushing the ball on a fast break, as freshman forward Jamari Traylor filled the lane on his left. But Releford said he saw Adams counting his steps for a block and decided to go after him.
By RUSTIN DODD
The Kansas City Star
“The whole bench, and probably everybody in the gym thought he was gonna throw it back up to Jamari,” senior forward Kevin Young said. “And when he just took off, it shocked me. But we knew he could do it, we just wasn’t ready for it.”
Releford finished the play with an emphatic pose, and as you might expect, the play was quickly on the Internet and pinging around social media sites by the start of the second half.
But Releford, who had 10 points and six assists, also made an impact on defense. He guarded Colorado’s leading scorer Spencer Dinwiddie and helped hold him to four points, nearly 14 below his average.
• Coach Bill Self said senior guard Elijah Johnson, who has been battling a nagging knee issue, looked healthier Saturday. Johnson finished with 11 points and three assists while draining three of six shots from three-point range.
• Senior center Jeff Withey, who had eight points and five blocks, will go through graduation ceremonies on Sunday after completing his degree at semester. Withey leads the country with 5.6 blocks per game.
• Kansas extended its home winning streak to 26 games, the second -longest mark among Division I schools behind Syracuse (27 games).
• Freshman walk-on Tyler Self scored the first points of his career on an awkward runner in transition at the final buzzer. The shot sparked this exchange between father and son after the game:
“He joked afterward,” Bill Self said, smiling, “When he gets a head of steam, he’s hard to stop in transition.”
Key play: After Colorado closed the gap to 29-18, Kevin Young converted a layup that sparked a 9-0 run.
Key stat: The Jayhawks hit nine of their first 11 shots, building an 18-3 lead.
Key play: Freshman Jamari Traylor hit a jumper that gave KU a 74-34 lead, its first 40-point lead of the afternoon.
Key stat: KU improved to 53-5 against Colorado at Allen Fieldhouse.
| Rustin Dodd, firstname.lastname@example.org