For the second time this season, junior center Jeff Withey missed a triple-double by a single block to lead No. 4/5 Kansas to a season sweep of Sunflower Showdown rival Kansas State, 59-53, on ESPN Big Monday at Bramlage Coliseum.
With the Kansas (21-5, 11-2) lead cut to four, less than a minute remaining and a sold-out crowd against him, Withey was the definition of clutch. He blocked two shots in two Wildcat possessions to send the ball back to KU, allowing junior forward Thomas Robinson the room to increase the lead to six with a pair of free throws. The Jayhawks would hang on to the six-point margin for the win.
The late blocks marked Withey's eighth and ninth of the evening, adding to his 18 points and 11 rebounds for his sixth double-double of the year. For the second time in 2011-12, Withey recorded nine blocks - the second most in Kansas history (Cole Aldrich, 10, vs. Dayton, 3/22/09).
Senior Tyshawn Taylorjoined Withey as a primary difference maker in Monday night's contest. The floor general put up 20 points and five assists, tying KSU's Jamar Samuels as the leading scorer. Robinson came up one rebound shy of his 19th double-double of the year, contributing 10 points and nine rebounds.
For the Wildcats (17-8, 6-7), Samuels scored all but seven of his team's points in the first frame and led KSU with 20 points, his first 20-point game of the year.
No. 4/5 Kansas will host Texas Tech on Saturday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. on the Big 12 Network.
Fresh off a career-high 25 points in his last game versus Baylor, junior center Jeff Withey set another new career-high, this time with 20 rebounds in an 81-66 win over the Oklahoma State Cowboys on Saturday afternoon in Allen Fieldhouse.
Kansas (20-5, 10-2) played about as good of first half as possible to build a 51-24 lead, but Oklahoma State (12-13, 5-7) never gave up in the second half as the Cowboys, who trailed by as many as 29, cut the lead down to as many as 12.
All five Jayhawk starters finished in double-figures, led by National Player of the Year candidate Thomas Robinson's 24. Withey came up two points shy of the second 20-20 game of the season for the Jayhawks as he finished with 18 points. Tyshawn Taylor, Elijah Johnson and Travis Releford finished with 12, 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Robinson recorded his Big 12-leading 18th double-double of the season as he added 14 rebounds. Withey also recorded seven blocks to complete his performance. Taylor recorded a game-high six assists, all of which came in the first half.
The Jayhawks shot 64 percent from the field in the first half, but cooled slightly in the second to finish at 48 percent for the game. The Jayhawks continued to shoot well from the free throw line as they cashed in on 15-for-19 attempts.
Defensively, the Jayhawks held OSU to just 32 percent from the field, while outrebounding the Cowboys 50-21. The plus-29 margin on the glass was a season-high for KU, which beat the plus-21 against the Kansas State Wildcats in the conference opener.
Kansas travels to Manhattan, Kan., on Monday, Feb. 13 to take on in-state rival, Kansas State in the Sunflower Showdown. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN.
Junior center Jeff Withey ignited for a career night to knock off No. 6 Baylor on its home court inside the Ferrell Center on Wednesday, 68-54.
Kansas (19-5, 9-2) entered the midweek matchup not only in the hunt for first place in the Big 12 standings, but also to hold fast to a claim no other team in Division I can.
Following Wednesday's victory, the Jayhawks have not suffered consecutive defeats since the 2005-06 season, a span of 228 games.
Withey responded as loudly as possible just one game after his only scoreless performance of the season, at No. 4 Missouri, in the Jayhawks last time out. The junior center played inspired, setting new career-highs in points scored (25), field goals (8) and free throws made (9), while defensively wreaking havoc with three blocks and two steals.
The Jayhawks started off slow but used a 33-7 run after falling behind 27-19 to pull away from Baylor.
The Bears were led by junior guard Pierre Jackson's 16 points, with senior Qunicy Acy and redshirt sophomore Corey Jefferson pitching in 11 points apiece as the only BU scorers in double figures.
No. 7/10 Kansas will return home to face Oklahoma State for the first time this season on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 3 p.m. on the Big 12 Network.