Junior forward Perry Ellis became the 56th player in Kansas history to reach 1,000 points on Saturday, which is certainly an impressive feat. But in the moments after a 74-64 victory over Baylor, Kansas coach Bill Self wanted to put Ellis’ accomplishment in a more future context.
“If he were to stay all four years,” Self said, “he’d put himself in a situation where he could be one of the 15 leading scorers in the history of the school. Which would be pretty cool.”
For now, Ellis will settle for being the first player to score 1,000 points at Kansas since Thomas Robinson in 2011-12. After finishing with 18 points against Baylor, Ellis has 1,015 career points.
“It was a great accomplishment and I’m just blessed to be in this position,” Ellis said. “I’m just trying to keep getting better and better and keep winning.”
▪ Kansas’ Frank Mason had gone 21 straight games with at least 10 points — until Saturday. Mason, a sophomore guard, saw his streak end with just five points against Baylor.
▪ Kansas, which improved to 10-2 in the Big 12, has recorded at least 10 victories in conference play for 20 straight seasons. The Jayhawks also improved to 12-0 at home this season with three home games (TCU, Texas and West Virginia) remaining.
▪ Key play: With Baylor leading 26-14, freshman wing Kelly Oubre sparked a 9-0 run with a three-pointer from the wing.
▪ Key stat: Oubre had 10 points.
▪ Key play: Trailing 49-45 with more than nine minutes left, forward Landen Lucas keyed a 10-0 run with a layup at the rim that turned into a three-point play.
▪ Key stat: KU was 24 of 29 from the foul line.