LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Perry Ellis scored a career-high 32 points, Andrew Wiggins added 17 and No. 7 Kansas overcame a sluggish start and a virtuoso performance by TCU’s Kyan Anderson in a 95-65 victory Saturday.
Ellis also had eight rebounds and five assists, and Wayne Selden Jr. scored 15 points for the Jayhawks (19-6, 10-2 Big 12), who actually trailed by as many as six in the first half.
Playing without injured center Joel Embiid and suspended forward Brannen Greene, Kansas still managed to build a 47-40 lead by the break. The Jayhawks then used a 13-1 charge out of the locker room to put away the Horned Frogs (9-15, 0-12) for the sixth time in seven meetings.
TCU still has not won since knocking off Texas Southern on Dec. 29.
Anderson did all he could, scoring 21 of his 25 points in the first half. Amric Fields added 12 points, but otherwise a team that’s been depleted by injuries much of the season wasn’t able to hang with the impressive depth of the Jayhawks.
That depth came in handy, too, with a couple regulars sitting it out.
Embiid, who has emerged as one of the nation’s top NBA prospects, has been dealing with ankle and back injuries that have limited his floor time the last several weeks. He didn’t practice in the run-up to TCU and wound up watching from the bench, though he routinely leaped out of his seat to celebrate the myriad of alley-oop dunks that highlighted the Jayhawks’ second half.
Meanwhile, Greene sat next to Embiid on the bench for what a school spokesman described as a “pattern of irresponsible behavior.” Kansas coach Bill Self planned to address it after the game.
The Jayhawks did return reserve forward Jamari Traylor, who was held out of Monday night’s overtime loss to Kansas State for what Self also had described as irresponsible behavior. The two of them spoke Thursday and Self decided to let Traylor back on the floor.
The sophomore forward wound up with a career-high 10 points and eight rebounds.
Self turned to Traylor early when Tarik Black, who started in Embiid’s place, picked up two fouls in the opening 2 minutes. It was part of a miserable earl stretch for Kansas that included a 1-for-7 performance from the foul line and very little defense.
Of course, the Horned Frogs had a hand in that performance.
Anderson was 7 of 8 from the field and 5 for 5 from the foul line in the first half, and TCU — which came in shooting a Big 12-worst 40.9 percent — was hitting at a 56.5-percent clip.
Everything unraveled in the second half, when the Jayhawks began playing above the rim.
Black, Wiggins and Selden each were on the finishing end of alley-oop passes during what turned into a 23-5 run, giving Kansas a 70-45 lead midway through the second half.
TCU coach Trent Johnson burned through a series of timeouts, but none seemed to quiet a star-studded crowd that included several NBA stars and Barbara Eden of “I Dream of Jeannie” fame.
The Jayhawks started to empty the bench with about five minutes left, the only question left whether they would reach 100 points for the first time this season. They wound up missing a series of shots in the closing minutes that would have gotten them there.