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Robinson helps No. 15 Kansas cruise past Florida Atlantic

Dec 1, 2011 - 6:15 AM Lawrence, KS (Sports Network) - Thomas Robinson had an off shooting night but still produced 19 points, 17 rebounds and four blocks to pace No. 15 Kansas over Florida Atlantic, 77-54.

Robinson shot just 4-of-13 from the field, but had plenty of help from the Jayhawks' (4-2) supporting cast. Tyshawn Taylor chipped in 18 points, Travis Releford netted 11 and Jeff Withey added 10 for Kansas, which was coming off a loss to Duke in the Maui Invitational title game.

Pablo Bertone and Dennis Mavin each scored 17 points for the Owls (3-5), who shot just 32 percent from the floor and 8-of-19 from the foul line.

Florida Atlantic made four field goals in a five-possession span early on and jumped out to an unexpected 9-3 lead, but the Owls shot just 27 percent from the field the rest of the first half.

"There wasn't a lot of energy in the building and we didn't do anything to energize anybody. We came out flat, which I knew we would," Kansas head coach Bill Self said.

A 16-5 run, highlighted by a pair of three-pointers by Conner Teahan, moved the Jayhawks in front, 19-14, near the midway point.

Bertone stopped the run with a jumper, but only momentarily as Teahan hit another from long range on the next possession to ignite a 12-point run that made it a 13-point game.

Kansas led, 42-26, at the break and held a double-digit cushion the entire second half, with one sequence early on resulting in two blocks by the hosts that eventually turned into in a Robinson two-handed slam.

The difference was as close as 13 the rest of the way.

"I would have loved to have had a closer game. We had a couple of chances to get it into single digits and that would have been a lot more fun," Florida Atlantic head coach Mike Jarvis said.

Game Notes

Robinson has recorded a double-double in each game this season...Bertone also pulled down 12 rebounds and had three blocks...Kansas won the battle on the glass, 53-32.