LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) – Marcus Morris scored 10 points in the first 5 minutes after intermission, igniting a second-half stampede that carried No. 7 Kansas to a 93-60 victory over North Texas on Friday night that tied the team record for consecutive home wins.
Morris, held to just four points in the first half while twin brother Markieff did most of the work, scored 16 points in a 31-8 run that turned a 36-27 halftime lead into a 67-35 runaway. Marcus Morris finished with 20 points. Markieff scored nine of the Jayhawks’ first 11 points and wound up with 13 points and eight rebounds.
The Jayhawks (3-0) haven’t lost in Allen Fieldhouse since Feb. 3, 2007, and have won 62 in a row at home, tying the record set under former coach Roy Williams from 1994-98. They’ll go for the record-breaker Tuesday night against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
The next-longest current streak belongs to Xavier, at 26 in a row.
In the meantime, amid the celebration, freshman-in-limbo Josh Selby — the No. 1 recruit in the nation — learned that the NCAA rules he must sit out nine games and repay more than $5,000 because of amateurism issues surrounding his relationship with the business manager for NBA star Carmelo Anthony. Once the game’s outcome was well in hand, the crowd chanted, “We want Selby! We want Selby!”
Marcus Morris, an inch shorter than the 6-foot-10 Markieff, hit three quick buckets starting the second half, then added a layup on a nifty feed from Tyshawn Taylor for a 44-29 lead over the Mean Green (2-1), a unanimous preseason pick by coaches in the Sun Belt.
A pair of free throws by the Marcus Morris, the younger twin by 7 minutes, was followed by his aggressive charge to the basket that put the Jayhawks on top 48-31 and had 16,300 fans in always-sold out Allen Fieldhouse on their feet.
Tristan Thompson had 14 points for North Texas while Dominique Johnson had 11 and Josh White 10.
Elijah Johnson had 11 points for Kansas while Brady Morningstar had seven points and 10 assists.
Even when Marcus Morris cooled off a bit and took a breather, the second-half surge did not let up. After Marcus’ 3-pointer made it 67-35, Tyrel Reed sank a runner, drew a foul from Shannon Shorter and completed a three-point play for a 71-43 bulge. Two free throws by Markieff Morris were followed by two more from Tyshawn Taylor, then Mario Little’s 3-pointer again brought the appreciative fans to their feet.
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