November 2, 2006

Jackson, Arthur lead KU

Darrell Arthur had his coming out party much earlier than expected. The 6-foot-9, 220-pound forward from Dallas, Texas, exploded for 21-points and grabbed six rebounds, as the No. 3 ranked Kansas Jayhawks defeated the Washburn Ichabods, 99-69. Junior Darnell Jackson was just as impressive with his performance. The talented power forward finished with 18-points and 10 rebounds.

"I was just trying to be a role player out there," said Arthur. "I just wanted to help us run our offense, basically. I was just really trying to get into a rhythm. "Coach Bill Self said that we were going to be nervous and there is no doubt that I was nervous when I came out.

"When I got out there, I just got into a rhythm," he added. "I started to talk to the guys more about the plays. I felt alright, but I messed up on a lot of defensive assignments. It was just bonehead plays that I messed up on."

When the halftime buzzer sounded, KU took a 49-32 lead into the break. At that time, Arthur had scored 10-points. Additionally, Jackson was the leading scorer with 13-points.

Just when it looked like the Jayhawks frontcourt might be an area of concern with Sasha Kaun injured and C.J. Giles out of the mix for the time being, it would appear that it's an area of strength.

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