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Jeff Withey impresses everyone in Kansas win over Richmond

The senior center made his mark against the Richmond Spiders in the Jayhawks' 87-59 win on Tuesday night.


The Kansas Jayhawks and their faithful are already familiar with Jeff Withey's impressive play this season, but the center left an impression on the Richmond Spiders in Kansas' win 87-59 win on Tuesday night.

Withey filled up the stat sheet, leading the Jayhawks with a game-high 17 points, 13 rebounds, four blocks, two assists and two steals. Defensively, he helped clog the lanes, which forced Richmond to take 32 shots from beyond the arc.

The senior's production has improved every year and has made a considerable leap from last season, despite his playing time increasing by only a few minutes per game. His improvement was not lost on Richmond coach Chris Mooney after Tuesday night's result:

"He is a great player. How much he has improved over his career is really impressive. It's a credit to him and a credit to the coaches and the program. It's really impressive to see how good he has been. He has really developed a great low-post game and was able to score a little bit too easily."

Spiders guard Darien Brothers echoed his coach and lauded Withey as a defensive presence.

So far this year, Withey has three double-doubles and one triple-double in a game in which he recorded 12 blocks. He's averaging 14.1 points, 8.1 rebounds and leads the nation with 5.4 blocks.