KU junior guard Naadir Tharpe capped a personal run of eight straight points with a three-pointer, giving the Jayhawks a 25-22 lead with 8:23 left.
KU had nine turnovers.Second half
Late in the half, freshman wing Andrew Wiggins kept the momentum in KU’s favor with high-flying two-handed jam in transition for two of his 20 points.
KU shot 66.7 percent for the half.Ellis looks fine
Sophomore forward Perry Ellis finished with a game-high 21 points and 11 rebounds during KU’s victory over Toledo, showing no ill effects from the blow he suffered against Georgetown on Dec. 21.
Ellis, who was diagnosed with a bruised nerve in his neck, was able to return home to Wichita for a few days and rest up while spending Christmas with his family.
“I got to be at home and really just got to recover a little bit,” said Ellis, who shot nine of 15 from the floor. “I felt good out there. So I’m just glad that I could play tonight.”
It was just the second career double-double for Ellis and his first of the season. He led KU in scoring for the fifth time this season, tying freshman Andrew Wiggins for the team lead.
• Kansas coach Bill Self announced on Saturday during the Jayhawks’ annual holiday clinic that his son, Tyler, a sophomore walk-on, would likely redshirt this season after an ongoing foot injury sidelined him for most of November and December.
Tyler Self is expected to sit out the rest of this year and have three years of eligibility remaining after this season.
• KU had at least three players score 20 points for the first time since Dec. 4, 2002, when Wayne Simien, Keith Langford, Aaron Miles and Nick Collison all scored more than 20.
• KU won its 68th straight against non-conference opponents at Allen Fieldhouse.