December 30, 2006
Wright leads the way
After several sub par performances this season, Julian Wright was the man for the No. 10 ranked Kansas Jayhawks (12-2; 0-0) against the Rhode Island Rams (7-7; 0-0). The 6-foot-8, 225-pound forward connected on 10-of-14 fields, scored 23-points and grabbed eight rebounds. When the Hawks needed to make a play, Wright did just that on Saturday night.
"We played very well, but our killer instinct still needs to improve when we have the chance to bury people," said Bill Self. "The injury bug is hitting us as Russell Robinson caught the flu that Brandon Rush had. We had some individuals that played very well for us. Julian Wright was terrific. He did a great job of making shots and getting rebounds.
"If you take away their free throws, offensive rebounds and our lack our killer instinct, that was as good as we have played in a long time," he added. They would have scored 11 points in the first half if not for our mistakes and offensive rebounds in the first half. We played a very good game outside of a few things, but we still need to create more of a killer instinct."
When KU played Detroit back on Thursday night, just one player, Mario Chalmers scored in double-figures, but that wasn't the case against the Rams. Four players, Wright (23), Rush (19), Sherron Collins and Chalmers (12) scored in double-figures for the Jayhawks.
When the halftime buzzer sounded, Wright had scored a total of four points, but the talented sophomore exploded for 19 second half points. There was a stretch in the second half when Wright completely dominated the game.
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