WASHINGTON — Brannen Greene led the way with a career-high 19 points off the bench, and Frank Mason chipped in with 14 points and three assists as No. 10 Kansas survived every punch that Georgetown had to throw on Wednesday night. The Jayhawks went on a 7-0 run in the final minute to take home a 75-70 win.
The Hoyas dug themselves a hole early in the game, trailing by as much as 12 points, but a 15-2 run late in the half got Georgetown the lead. The second half was a back-and-forth affair, with Georgetown answering every run that Kansas had in them, but a turnover from Josh Smith, who finished with 20 points, and a contested three from D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera, who finished 3-for-15 from the floor, ended up costing Georgetown.
The story of the game for Kansas had to do with two wings who, to this point in the season, had been less than impressive. Kelly Oubre played the most minutes of his collegiate career, and while he was just 1-for-5 from the floor, he finished with seven points and actually looked like he was starting to figure out what he’s doing. He put in more effort on the defensive end of the floor and was involved offensively, getting involved in some screen and roll actions and making a difference with his ability off the dribble.
Greene was the hero, however, hitting a trio of wide-open threes late in the game. The 19 points he scored were a career high, and he hit all five of his three-point attempts.
There has always been talent on the Kansas roster. The slow start to the season had everything to do with finding a way to get that talent involved and bought in, and Wednesday’s win over a better-than-you-think Georgetown team on the road is a very good win.