Kevin Young came off the bench and found Thomas Robinson for a dunk that tied the game at 21-21 with 8:51 left. Young added five points as KU finished the half on a 15-3 run.
Robinson had 12 points in the paint, matching Detroit’s team total. As a team, KU had 24 points in the paint in the first 20 minutes.Second half
Elijah Johnson knocked down a three-pointer that pushed KU’s lead to 42-26 and sparked a stretch that included four three-pointers and two free throws from Robinson. KU led 53-28 with 13 minutes left.
Kansas held Detroit to just 31.7 percent shooting from the floor, including three of 17 from the three-point line.Taylor cramps up
KU senior guard Tyshawn Taylor blamed cold medicine for the leg cramps that limited him to just five minutes in the second half. Taylor said he had a similar problem early this season at the Maui Invitational, and he didn’t expect any after effects on Sunday against Purdue.
“I just cramped up really bad,” Taylor said. I’ve been taking Mucinex, because I had a cold. And I guess that stuff dehydrates you.”
• Freshman guard Naadir Tharpe recorded nine minutes in the first half, just the second time he’s played more than eight minutes in an entire game since Dec. 31. Tharpe didn’t score and recorded just one assist, but Kansas took control with a unit that included Tharpe and fellow bench players Kevin Young and Conner Teahan.
“The bench came in, and we did what we had to do,” Tharpe said. “We played real well defensively, we rebounded the ball pretty well, and we finished at the basket.”
• Junior forward Thomas Robinson finished with 13 rebounds, becoming just the fourth Kansas player in history to record 400-plus rebounds in a season.