Kansas trounces Georgetown in return to Lawrence
Lawrence, KS (SportsNetwork.com) - Tarik Black and Joel Embiid each scored 17 points and combined for 14 rebounds as the No. 18 Kansas Jayhawks easily cruised past the Georgetown Hoyas, 86-64, on Saturday afternoon.
Kansas (8-3) returned to Allen Fieldhouse for the first time since Nov. 22 and the friendly confines suited the Jayhawks just fine, as they connected on 54.3 percent of their shots to win going away.
Andrew Wiggins added 12 points and Naadir Tharpe chipped in 10 for the Jayhawks, winners of two straight after setbacks at Colorado and Florida.
Markel Starks netted 19 points to pace the Hoyas (7-3), who had their six-game winning streak snapped. D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera had 12 points in the loss.
Kansas' Perry Ellis took an elbow to the head early in the second half and wearily walked to the sideline and into the locker room after air-balling a free throw.
The Jayhawks' offense struggled momentarily after their second-leading scorer went down, but after the Hoyas cut their deficit to 46-38, Kansas quickly rattled off 10 consecutive points to regain a double-digit lead.
Wiggins drained a 3-pointer to start the run and Jamari Traylor converted a 3-point play to cap it and give Kansas a 56-38 cushion with under 13 minutes left.
Another triple by Wiggins a little later opened an 8-1 run that stretched the margin to 67-48, and Embiid capped the rout with an emphatic putback slam with less than five minutes to play.
Georgetown actually led 23-17 midway through the first half but missed its next 12 shots, with half of those attempts coming from behind the arc.
The Jayhawks capitalized on the drought, outscoring the Hoyas 27-11 over the final 11 minutes of the half to take a 44-34 lead into the break.
Kansas outscored Georgetown at the foul line, 31-16 ... Black had gone scoreless in Kansas' previous four games ... Wiggins shot just 3-of-10 from the field ... The Hoyas made 40.7 percent of their field goal attempts ... This was Georgetown's first trip to Allen Fieldhouse.
12/21 14:35:35 ET