No. 9 Jayhawks breeze past Belmont, 89-60

No. 9 Jayhawks breeze past Belmont, 89-60
December 15, 2012, 9:15 pm
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Kansas guard Travis Releford (24) beats Belmont guard/forward J.J. Mann (14) to a rebound during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, in Lawrence, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)


LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Ben McLemore and Travis Releford scored 17 points each, Jeff Withey had 14 points and blocked five shots, and ninth-ranked Kansas cruised to an 89-60 victory over Belmont on Saturday night.

Andrew White III added 15 points off the bench for the Jayhawks (8-1), who used suffocating defense and peerless transition offense early in the second half to put away the Bruins (6-3), a mid-major darling that has been to the NCAA tournament five of the past seven years.

Kansas won its 27th straight game at Allen Fieldhouse and 60th against a non-conference opponent. Jayhawks coach Bill Self improved to 150-7 at the venerable on-campus arena.

Trevor Noack scored a career-high 19 points for the Bruins, but he couldn't overcome their lousy outside shooting by himself. One of the nation's best 3-point shooting teams, Belmont was held to 21.1 percent (8 of 38) from beyond the arc.