Kansas wins Haas battle against Cal, 78-63

December 23, 2010, 6:52 am
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BERKELEY (AP) Markieff Morris had 21 points and 10 rebounds and No. 3Kansas overcame the ejection of his twin brother to beat California78-63 in a testy game Wednesday night.Freshman Josh Selby scored 18 points in his second game since anNCAA suspension and the Jayhawks (11-0) remained unbeaten and handedthe Golden Bears (6-5) their third loss in four games.This marked Kansas' 10th straight win over Cal. But instead of beingremembered for Selby's sweet outside shooting or Morris' strong playinside, this one will be remembered for the chippy second half thatfeatured one flagrant foul, Marcus Morris' ejection and three technicalfouls.Jorge Gutierrez scored 15 points, Allen Crabbe had 11 and MarkhuriSanders-Frison added 10 points and 12 rebounds for Cal. Coach MikeMontgomery failed in his first try to win his 600th career game.Tyrel Reed scored 18 points and Thomas Robinson added seven pointsand 10 rebounds for the Jayhawks, who improved to 4-0 against Pac-10teams this season. Unlike home victories over USC and UCLA, this onedidn't go down to the wire.The Jayhawks scored the first nine points of the second half,highlighted by a three-point play from Selby, to take a 47-30 lead. ButCal responded with a 13-0 run, sparked by a 3-pointer by Allen Crabbethat was followed with a flagrant foul underneath on Marcus Morris.Harper Kamp made both free throws for a five-point trip, while Morris was ejected after scoring eight points.The chippiness continued from there with Gutierrez and Robinsongetting into a scrum during a fight for a loose ball. Gutierrez jumpedup off the court angry at Robinson and had to be held back byMontgomery.Other Cal players had to be held back on the bench as the officialstried to settle things down. Both players got technical fouls after theofficials checked the replay monitor.Gary Franklin then hit a 3-pointer and Sanders-Frison added two freethrows to cut it to 47-43 and Cal had three chances on the next trip toget even closer but couldn't convert.Robinson's three-point play steadied things for Kansas, which quickly built the lead back to double figures.Brady Morningstar got called for another technical later in thesecond half for Kansas, but the Jayhawks still managed to pull away.Kansas was the highest ranked nonconference opponent to visitBerkeley since No. 3 Kansas State came here in 1958. The Jayhawks onlyother trip here came two years earlier when Wilt Chamberlain led themto a 66-56 victory over coach Pete Newell's squad.Kansas started slowly, making just two baskets in the first fiveminutes before Selby sparked the Jayhawks with his outside shooting.Selby hit two 3-pointers in an 18-5 run that gave Kansas a 10-pointlead midway through the half. The Jayhawks led 38-30 at halftime.Selby picked up where he left off in his first collegiate game whenhe scored 21 points and hit the game-winning 3-pointer in a 70-68 winover USC. He missed the first nine games because the NCAA ruled heaccepted impermissible benefits.