McLemore leads No. 7 Kansas past Mocs, 69-55
BY Associated Press
Friday, November 16, 2012
11/16/12 at 5:20 AM
Freshman guard Ben McLemore had 25 points and eight rebounds, Elijah Johnson added 18 points, and No. 7 Kansas used a big second-half charge to beat Chattanooga 69-55 on Thursday night in Lawrence, Kan.
The Jayhawks (2-1), coming off a loss Tuesday night to Michigan State, got off to a sluggish start against the Mocs, and still trailed 42-30 in the opening minutes of the second half.
Jeff Withey began their comeback with a basket inside, Johnson ripped a 3-pointer and McLemore slammed down the first of back-to-back highlight-reel dunks to trigger a 27-4 run over the next 12-plus minutes. Kansas merely had to go through the motions down the stretch to wrap up the win.
Tennessee beats UNC-Asheville 75-68: In Bayamon, Puerto Rico, Jarnell Stokes and Kenny Hall led five Tennessee players in double figures in the opening round of the Puerto Rico Tipoff.
Trailing 20-19 with a little more than eight minutes left in the first half, Tennessee (2-0) went on a 19-8 run to halftime and never looked back. The stretch was highlighted by dunks from Hall, off a nice pass inside, and by Josh Richardson, who stole the ball and raced down the floor for the jam.
Tennessee moves on to face Oklahoma State in the semifinals on Friday.
No. 1 Indiana 99, Sam Houston State 45: In Bloomington, Ind., Christian Watford scored 23 points to help Indiana defeat Sam Houston State in the Progressive Legends Classic.
Will Sheehey scored 18 points, Victor Oladipo had 14 and Jordan Hulls 10 for the Hoosiers (3-0), who shot 57 percent from the field and made 9-of-21 3-pointers.
No. 2 Louisville 80, Samford 54: In Louisville, Ky., Russ Smith scored a game-high 18 points, Chane Behanan grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds and added 12 points and the Cardinals routed the Bulldogs.
No. 16 Baylor 84, Boston College 74: In Charleston, S.C., Pierre Jackson had a season-high 31 points, Isaiah Austin had 16 and the Bears rallied in the second half to beat the Eagles in the Charleston Classic.
Original Print Headline: Freshman McLemore propels Jayhawks past Chattanooga
Kansas guard Ben McLemore shoots a 3-point basket against Chattanooga on Thursday. McLemore scored 25 points in the game. ORLIN