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Kansas trounces Georgetown in return to Lawrence

Lawrence, KS (SportsNetwork.com) - Tarik Black and Joel Embiid both 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.

Tharpe said it felt good to be home.

"Between the last couple of practices before this game, and coming into this game I told the guys this is going to be a fun game," he said. "Being able to come home and play in front of our fans, we will get to go out with a bang before Christmas break. I knew it was going to be 'turnt up' in there."

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.

"This venue is storied," said Georgetown coach John Thompson III. "Their fans are terrific, they are here early and they're loud. With that being said, it wasn't the venue or the fans, it was the guys on the other bench that I thought played at a high level today."

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.

Game Notes

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 19:14:53 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
DUR 6
NOR 9
 
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DUR
NOR
 
Final
CIN 4
PIT 0
Final
BAL 3
TAM 0
Final
NYY 3
CHC 0
Final
MIL 5
STL 1
Final
ARI 2
NYM 5
Final
PHI 0
ATL 1
Final
NYY 2
CHC 0
Final
DET 2
CLE 3
Final
MIA 3
WAS 6
Final
TEX 3
SEA 2
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CWS 4
BOS 6
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HOU 4
KAN 6
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MIN 0
TOR 0
Final
ANA 5
OAK 4
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SDP 4
COL 2
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SFG 2
LOS 1
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PHI
ATL
 
1:08pm Today
DET
CLE
 
1:10pm Today
MIN
TOR
 
2:05pm Today
TEX
SEA
 
3:45pm Today
SFG
LOS
 
6:40pm Tonight
SDP
COL
 
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PIT
MIL
 
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WAS
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TAM
NYY
 
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MIN
TOR
 
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CWS
BOS
 
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HOU
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Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
ORL 86
IND 101
Final
MIL 103
ATL 111
Final
CLE 114
BRK 85
Final
MEM 106
DAL 105
Final
OKC 112
DET 111
Final
NOP 105
HOU 100
Final
SAN 100
LAL 113
Final
MIA 87
PHI 100
Final
NYK 95
TOR 92
Final
MIN 130
UTA 136
Final
BOS 102
WAS 118
Final
DEN 112
GSW 116
Final
POR 110
LAC 104
Final
SAC 99
PHO 104
Final
TAM 4
MON 5
Final
PIT 4
CLB 3
Final
ANA 4
DAL 3
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NYR
PHI
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STL
CHI
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COL
MIN
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SJS
LOS
Final
DUR 6
NOR 9
 
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