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Kansas Pulls Away In Second Half To Beat Iona

Associated Press - November 20, 2013 4:23 am

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Perry Ellis scored 21 points, freshman Joel Embiid had 16 points and 13 rebounds in a breakout performance, and No. 2 Kansas used a big late run to bury Iona 86-66 Tuesday night.

Andrew Wiggins added 13 points and Naadir Tharpe had 10 assists for the Jayhawks (3-0), who got off to a sluggish start after their high profile triumph over Duke last week.

The Gaels (1-2), using a maddening 2-2-1 zone and pouring in 3 pointers, managed to hang within single digits until midway through the second half. That’s when Kansas went on a 19-4 surge fueled by its freshmen to finally put the game away.

A.J. English scored 21 points and David Laury added 13 points and nine rebounds before fouling out for Iona.