No. 8 Kansas 61, Pennsylvania 56
PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Freshman Jeff Boschee scored five of his 10 points over the final 2:15 Tuesday night and No. 8 Kansas, playing in the Palestra for the first time in 41 years, escaped with a 61-56 victory over Pennsylvania.
Boschee broke a 56-56 tie with a free throw with 2:15 left, then capped a fabulous point guard duel by hitting a jumper over Penn’s Michael Jordan to make it 59-56 with 70 seconds left.
Jordan missed two shots in the lane, and Boschee sealed the Jayhawks’ 23rd consecutive victory in November with two more foul shots.
Eric Chenowith and Ryan Robertson each scored 14 points for Kansas (2-0). It was the Jayhawks’ second game ever in the Palestra and their first in the state of Pennsylvania since Wilt Chamberlain led them to 66-54 victory over St. Joseph’s on Dec. 14, 1957.
Kansas struggled in the first half for the second straight game, shooting 7-for-27 from the field and trailing 26-19 _ the worst offensive first half ever by a Roy Williams-coached team.
But the Jayhawks came out in the second half like the precise, disciplined machine the nation has come to expect. Kansas hit eight of its first 10 shots and made 15 of 20 after halftime.
Jordan had 12 points and six assists, no doubt giving Williams nightmares with a name that’s familiar from his days as an assistant at North Carolina. Frank Brown led the Quakers (0-1) with a career-high 17 points and Matt Langel added 12.