Jan. 24, 1998
Lafrentz Leads Kansas Past Texas Tech
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - Playing like a man possessed, Raef LaFrentz returned to the Kansas lineup Saturday and led the third-ranked Jayhawks to a devastating 30-point halftime lead and an 88-49 win over Texas Tech, their school-record 56th straight victory in Allen Field House.
LaFrentz scored 31 points, one off the career high he had against Arizona on Dec. 2, and had 15 rebounds as Kansas (22-3, 6-1 Big 12) gave Texas Tech (8-8, 2-4) its worst loss since a 42-point defeat to Baylor in 1987.
The Jayhawks set the school record for consecutive wins at home in their 100th season of basketball. Kansas had not lost at home since Missouri defeated the Jayhawks 81-74 on Feb. 20, 1994.
Dominating both ends of the court, the 6-foot-11 LaFrentz scored on a variety of turnaround jumpers, short jump shots, putbacks and dunks. He made consecutive 3-pointers, the second giving Kansas a 70-30 lead with 8:36 left.
His teammates seemed inspired by the return of the preseason All-America after he had missed nine games because of a broken finger on his right hand. LaFrentz, an All-America last season, had been leading the team with 21.2 points a game and 11.4 rebounds at the time of his injury.
Texas Tech was 4-of-29 from the field in the first half, failing to score for the first seven minutes.
Cory Carr, leading the Big 12 in scoring with 24 points a game, was 1-for-10 from the field in the first half and had only two points. Carr, who has scored 30 or more points four times this season and 20 or more in 12 of Tech's previous 15 games, did not score until 2:12 was left in the first half. He finished with 16 points.
It was lowest point total for a half of the season for Tech. The previous low was 22 points in an 81-62 loss at New Mexico on Dec. 20.
Tech was outrebounded 35-13 in the first half and found itself in a dogfight for every loose ball, often with LaFrentz in the middle of the action. LaFrentz had 13 points and 11 rebounds in the first half as Kansas took a 44-14 lead.
The Jayhawks took a 16-0 lead with LaFrentz scoring six points. He hit a short turnaround jumper with 18:15 to play in the half for his first points since he was injured Dec. 26 during practice in a collision with Eric Chenowith, the backup center who played a key role as Kansas went 7-2 in LaFrentz's absence.
Tech did not score until Stan Bonewitz hit a 3-pointer with 13:09 left in the half. Bonewitz hit a jumper with 11:57 to play, and that was it from the field for the Red Raiders until Carr's basket with 2:12 to play ended a 21-0 Kansas run.
LaFrentz had two baskets as Kansas scored the first six points of the second half, and then scored on a reverse dunk with about 15 minutes to play for a 52-17 lead.