LAWRENCE, Kan. - Kansas used a 15-2 run midway through the second half to break open a close game today and went on to a 71-59 victory over Temple before a crowd of 16,300 at Allen Fieldhouse.
Dionte Christmas knocked down four three-point baskets in the opening 8:18 of the second half, the last one helping the Owls (5-4) close to within 48-46. But Temple scored on only one of its next 10 possessions, and the Jayhawks (8-2) mounted a surge that gave them a 63-48 lead with 6:19 remaining.
Markieff Morris, a freshman from Prep Charter and APEX Academy in South Jersey, scored six points during the run, including the layup that gave Kansas its 15-point lead.
Christmas, coming off a 35-point performance in last week's upset of Tennessee, led the Owls with 21, scoring all but three of his points in the second half. Lavoy Allen, who was kept out of the starting lineup because of what a Temple spokesman called a violation of team rules, added 10 points and team highs of seven rebounds and five assists.
Junior guard Sherron Collins led Kansas with 19, and Cole Aldrich added 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Markieff Morris, who had foul problems, finished with eight points and five rebounds. His twin brother, Marcus, contributed nine points and three steals for the Jayhawks.