LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP)—Teams have been coming into Allen Fieldhouse to play Kansas for more than half a century. Every one of them managed to score more points than helplessly outmanned Dartmouth Tuesday night.
Taking advantage of a big edge in size, quickness, talent and depth, the No. 5 Jayhawks rolled to an 83-32 rout, handing the Big Green one of its most lopsided losses ever.
“I think they are very good. Very, very good,” Dartmouth coach Terry Dunn said. “It’s scary to imagine how good they are going to be in February and March.”
Dartmouth’s total was the lowest ever scored by an opponent in Allen Fieldhouse, which opened in 1955. It was the fewest points allowed an opponent in Lawrence since Idaho scored 28 in 1946 in Hoch Auditorium.
The Dartmouth sports information office listed the Big Green’s last 50-point margin of defeat as a 107-36 rout by New Mexico in 1972.
Three days after beating then-No. 1 Florida in the Las Vegas Invitational, Darrell Arthur and Darnell Jackson each scored 13 points to lead the Jayhawks (6-1), who outrebounded the visitors 52-23 and held them to 25 percent shooting.
“They missed shots and we’re a lot bigger than they are,” said Kansas coach Bill Self. “So we should have had a huge advantage from a rebounding standpoint, because they weren’t very big.”
Self began pouring subs onto the floor when the lead reached 27 points near the end of the first half. Eleven Kansas players scored altogether.
Making the road even tougher for Dartmouth (0-6) was an injury list that included several key players.
“When you schedule games like this, you hope to bring your entire team, particularly your starters, but I’m not sure how much closer the game would have been,” said Dunn. “Bill was very gracious tonight in his substitutions and his playing time for guys. It could have been a lot worse.”
DeVon Mosely scored 13 points for Dartmouth, which should not feel embarrassed by a lack of effort.
“We didn’t quit,” said Dartmouth forward Alex Barnett. “In the second half, you saw a freshman, Robby Pride, diving on the floor with 20 seconds left in the game. We didn’t quit. No matter what, we didn’t quit.”
Julian Wright had 12 points and Brandon Rush had nine for Kansas, which despite the wide margin often showed signs of weariness after playing five games in 10 days.
“It was pretty methodical, pretty solid for the most part,” said Self. “One thing Dartmouth did for us is they played kind of a 3-2 matchup zone, and we got to work on that, because that was something that hurt us against Florida. We did a better job the second half attacking it.”
Dartmouth didn’t even break into double figures until 17 minutes were gone in the first half, when Mosely sank the first of his three 3-pointers, making it 32-12.
The Jayhawks then closed the half on an 8-1 run to make it 40-13 at the break.
Jazzing up the big crowd even more, the fieldhouse sound system belted out Elvis Presley’s ’60s hit “Viva Las Vegas” a few minutes before tipoff while the big video board flashed replays from the victory over Florida.
Barnett had six points for the Big Green, which did not score its first field goal of the second half until he hit a basket with 12:02 left.
“They were good, but they were missing five key players who were hurt,” said Jackson, who also had 11 rebounds. “We just tried to stay focused and keep doing what we have to do.”