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Kansas 95, TCU 65

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LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Sophomore forward Perry Ellis scored a career-high 32 points as No. 7 Kansas broke away after a tight first half Saturday to throttle TCU, 95-65, in Allen Fieldhouse.

The Jayhawks led by only seven points at the break, as the Horned Frogs made eight of their first 11 shots and led by as many as six points.

To begin the second half, Kansas went 8-of-11 and held TCU without a field goal until forward Amric Fields connected for a 3-pointer at the 14:47 mark. The Jayhawks opened the half on a 23-5 tear.

Freshman guards Andrew Wiggins and Wayne Selden added 17 and 15 points, respectively, as Kansas climbed to 19-6 overall and at 10-2 maintained sole possession of first place in the Big 12.

The Jayhawks were coming off an overtime defeat at Kansas State.

In addition to his career-best in scoring, Ellis led the Jayhawks with eight rebounds and five assists. Wiggins and Selden added four assists each. Kansas enjoyed a 34-18 advantage on the glass.

Although Kansas came out uninspired on defense, it corrected those issues during the halftime break and kept last-place TCU (9-15, 0-12) winless in the Big 12.

Fields' 3-pointer was the Horned Frogs' only basket on their first seven second-half shots.

Guard Kyan Anderson led TCU with 25 points, 21 in the first half. The 5-11 junior did not made a field goal in the second half until 2:30 remained, but went 8-of-9 from the field and also led the Frogs with five assists.

TCU ranked last in the Big 12 with a 64.9-point average on 40.9 percent shooting, yet made eight of its first 11 shots. It held a six-point lead at the 12:32 mark of the first half.

Anderson netted 21 first-half points on 7-for-8 shooting. Collectively the Horned Frogs went 13-of-23 (56 percent) from the floor before the break.

Kansas used a 15-3 surge midway through the half to go up, 34-28. Selden scored three buckets during that spree and finished with 11 first-half points to share team-high honors with Ellis and Wiggins. Together, the trio went 15-of-22.

NOTES: Kansas C Joel Embiid missed the game because of injuries that have prevented the freshman from practicing since a loss at Kansas State on Monday. Embiid is dealing with a strained knee, as well as a back injury he sustained on Feb. 8 against West Virginia. Senior Tarik Black replaced Embiid in the starting lineup. ... G Brannen Greene also missed the game because of what Kansas officials termed "a pattern of irresponsible behavior." ... F Jamari Traylor, who missed the Kansas State game, also for acting irresponsibly according to coach Bill Self, entered for the Jayhawks before the first TV timeout. ... TCU won nine- of-10 before entering Big 12 play and losing 12 straight. The Horned Frogs went 2-16 and finished last in the Big 12 a year ago, but split the league series with Kansas.
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