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November 28, 2007
LAWRENCE, Kan. ? Brandon Rush scored 17 points and No. 4 Kansas routed Florida Atlantic 87-49 Wednesday night, a rude welcome back to Allen Fieldhouse for Rex Walters.
One of the more popular players of the Roy Williams era at Kansas, Walters is in his second season as head coach at Florida Atlantic. The Owls (1-6) were without their leading scorer but probably had no chance of winning anyway on the court where their coach once starred.
Mario Chalmers hit two 3-pointers in a 12-0 run that put Kansas firmly in control at 32-13 and it was never any closer. Darnell Jackson, making his first start of the season, had 13 points and four rebounds and Darrell Arthur had 12 points for the Jayhawks (6-0).
It's the best start since 2004-05 for Kansas, which will finally play a road game when they travel to No. 22 Southern California on Sunday.
Several signs welcoming Walters back popped up in the crowd. He was a top player on two Big Eight championship teams and helped lead the Jayhawks to the 1993 Final Four.
Carderro Nwoji and Sanchez Hughley each had 14 points for Florida Atlantic. Guard Paul Graham, who is averaging 17.8 points per game, has missed two games on indefinite suspension for undisclosed reasons.
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