December 28, 2006

Chalmers leads KU

Bill Self and the No. 10 ranked Kansas Jayhawks (11-2; 0-0) had numerous opportunities to knock the Detroit Titans (3-9; 0-1) right out of the game. When the Hawks took a 16-3 lead early in the first half, it appeared that they would do just that. However, Detroit actually trailed by single digits late in the game. A furious run by the Jayhawks late in the game pushed the final score to 63-43. Minutes after the game, Self spoke about KU's performance on Thursday night.

"I thought our defense for the whole game was pretty good," said Self. "We did a poor job on Brandon Cotton on the last possession in the first half, and the first ten minutes of the second half. After Brandon Rush started guarding him, we did a great job on him. Brandon was as key of a player as anybody at that point of the game. He totally took him (Cotton) out the last seven or eight minutes of the game.

"Our defense was good. We took care of the ball. I thought in the first half with eight minutes left, we played pretty well. We just didn't make any shots.

"We missed all of our free throws and we didn't finish the half good offensively at all," he added. "They had long possessions and we didn't make the most of our short possessions. That totally takes away the momentum. Mario Chalmers was terrific. I thought Brandon Rush showed a lot of courage in the second half. He was as sick as a dog. I thought Russell Robinson made some good plays and Sherron Collins was good off the bench.

"I am not leaving here disappointed, but I am leaving here thinking why can't we crack people when we get an opportunity."

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