Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Jayhawks Roll but Williams Isn"t Happy

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Jayhawks Roll but Williams Isn"t Happy

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Kansas coach Roy Williams will play by the rules, but that doesn't mean he has to like them.

Behind Steve Woodberry's 16 points and four second-half 3-pointers, the No. 7 Jayhawks pulled away for an 82-68 victory Monday night over Washburn, an NCAA Division II team whose deliberate style and long possessions frustrated the Jayhawks' pressure defense.

Williams was frustrated with the NCAA Rules Committee's offseason elimination of the rule preventing closely guarded players from dribbling the ball longer than 5 seconds.

"I'm going to upset my athletic director, but I'd like to publish the names of the rules committee and have every Kansas fan write them a letter," Williams said. "I despise that rule where one guy can stand out there and dribble all day while four guys stand around. Meanwhile, we're working our tails off on defense. I just don't think it's good basketball.

"That's not a slap against Washburn, because their kids were ready to play within the rules. But for a team like us that wants to play pressure defense, it's ridiculous."

He wasn't through.

"I don't care if the rules committee doesn't like my attitude, they can lump it. It's just a stupid rule."

The Ichabods' game plan kept them within striking distance until midway through the second half. Woodberry made a 3-pointer and six other Jayhawks scored in a 25-5 run that blew the game open.

The Ichabods, with no player taller than 6 feet 8, stayed close for most of the game. Washburn (4-2) led twice in the first half and pulled within 51-47 with 14:31 to go on a jumper by Jemi Johnson, who led the Ichabods with 16 points.

Kansas (6-1) shot 42 percent for the game (30 for 74) and has not shot 50 percent yet this season. But the Jayhawks overpowered Washburn in rebounding, 46-35, and forced 28 turnovers that led to 35 points. Duke 97, S. Carolina St. 61

DURHAM, N.C. - South Carolina State bet that Duke couldn't shoot from the outside. They lost.

Already outmanned when it prepared to face the No. 4 Blue Devils, South Carolina State lost its leading scorer to a shoulder injury Sunday in practice. Without 6-8 Desi McQueen and his 16.5 points a game, the Bulldogs knew they were doomed inside. …

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