2013 NCAA Basketball Tournament: Kansas Jayhawks Use Furious Second-Half Rally to Upend North Carolina Tar Heels

Mar 24, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas Jayhawks center Jeff Withey (5) reaches in for a ball against North Carolina Tar Heels guard Rio Adams (2) in the first half during the third round of the NCAA basketball tournament at the Sprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

Despite a terrible shooting performance to start the game (11/42 in the first-half), the North Carolina Tar Heels were able to use intense defensive pressure to force the Kansas Jayhawks into 12 first-half turnovers and hold KU to 25% shooting on their way to taking a 30-21 half-time lead.

The second-half was a vastly different story, as the Jayhawks opened the half on a 33-10 run to dramatically turn the game around and ultimately roll past the Tar Heels, 70-58.

KU seniors  Travis Releford and Jeff Withey combined for 38 points and 24 rebounds as they’ll now face the Michigan Wolverines Friday night.

 

BOX SCORE

 

FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
P.J. Hairston, G 6-17 3-9 0-0 4 9 1 2 0 0 2 15
James Michael McAdoo, F 5-19 0-0 1-2 4 6 1 4 1 2 3 11
Marcus Paige, G 3-10 2-6 1-2 0 1 2 4 0 4 2 9
Dexter Strickland, G 3-9 0-1 3-3 2 3 4 1 0 1 2 9
Reggie Bullock, G-F 1-7 1-4 2-2 1 6 1 1 0 3 4 5
 North Carolina Tar Heels FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Leslie McDonald, G 1-3 0-1 1-1 0 2 1 1 0 0 1 3
Jackson Simmons, F 1-1 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 2
Brice Johnson, F 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 2
J.P. Tokoto, F 1-4 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 2
Desmond Hubert, F 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
22-73 6-21 8-10 13 30 10 14 1 11 19 58
30.1% 28.6% 80.0%
Kansas Jayhawks
FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Travis Releford, G 9-13 1-1 3-5 3 8 0 3 0 2 2 22
Jeff Withey, C 6-11 0-0 4-4 4 16 2 1 5 6 2 16
Kevin Young, F 4-7 0-0 2-3 4 9 1 0 0 5 1 10
Elijah Johnson, G 1-6 1-3 2-2 0 4 4 1 0 2 2 5
Ben McLemore, G 0-9 0-6 2-2 1 5 2 0 0 2 1 2
FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Naadir Tharpe, G 3-6 3-4 3-4 0 3 2 1 0 4 2 12
Perry Ellis, F 1-3 0-0 1-2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 3
Rio Adams, G 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0
Evan Manning, G 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Niko Roberts, G 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
24-55 5-14 17-21 14 47 11 7 5 23 12 70
43.6% 35.7% 81.0%

 

 

Topics: 2013 NCAA Basketball Tournament, Kansas Jayhawks, North Carolina Tarheels

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