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No. 15 Kansas routs South Florida

Dec 4, 2011 - 5:33 AM Lawrence, KS (Sports Network) - Tyshawn Taylor scored 24 points and dished out five assists, as the 15th-ranked Kansas Jayhawks used a huge second half to beat the South Florida Bulls, 70-42.

Hubert carried the ball 15 times for 120 yards for the Wildcats (10-2, 7-2 Big 12), who fell short of earning a share of the Big 12 championship when Oklahoma State beat Oklahoma Saturday night.

Augustus Gilchrist donated 11 points for the Bulls (5-4), who have dropped two straight games.

Following a tight first half, Kansas took a 24-21 edge into the locker room.

The Jayhawks woke up in the second half, scoring the frame's first seven points to grab a 31-21 lead.

"The first half we actually guarded them pretty well, we just didn't create anything," said Kansas head coach Bill Self. "They didn't make shots, and we rebounded it pretty well.

"When you're up three at halftime, it's hard to say your defense was awful, but by normal standards I don't think it was very good. Certainly in the second half we had spurts where we played pretty good, but it was a very lackluster performance today."

The Bulls hung around and got to within five, 36-31, on Hugh Robertson's dunk with 12:17 to play. But Travis Releford, Conner Teahan and Taylor made three straight three-pointers for Kansas to make it a 47-33 contest with 9 1/2 minutes remaining.

Kansas led by as many as 28, 67-39, on Robinson's steal and slam with 2:36 to play.

"Well I don't know which team you want to talk about: our first half team or our second half team," said South Florida coach Stan Heath. "Our second half team lost a little focus and more than anything, couldn't keep pace with Kansas."

Game Notes

Saturday's game marked the first-ever meeting between these two teams on the hardwood...The Jayhawks outscored South Florida, 46-21, in the second half...Kansas went 17-of-24 from the foul line, while the Bulls went 8-of-10 from the charity stripe...The Jayhawks extended their home winning streak to eight games...Taylor went 4-of-6 from beyond the arc.