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Jeff Withey enjoys breakout performance with 12 blocks

Jeff Withey had a triple-double in Kansas' win over San Jose State on Monday, which included 12 blocks.


Rare is the triple-double that includes blocks among the double-digit stats, but that's what Kansas Jayhawks 7-footer Jeff Withey accomplished in the team's 70-57 win over San Jose State on Monday night with 12 blocks to go along with 16 points and 12 rebounds.

WIthey said after the game he wasn't aware of how many blocks he was piling up, but he was happy to pull off the feat:

"I knew I was getting up there, but I didn't know I had 12. Just after the game, our media guy, Chris Theisen, told me so I was pretty stoked."

Kansas coach Bill Self said the points were just a bonus from his big man, who he relies on mostly to block shots and rebound. Self said Withey was the only player on the floor for the No. 10 Jayhawks really competing:

"He's scoring the ball better. That's not what his forte is obviously. His forte is blocking shots, but he was the only one down there really competing. We didn't have any competitive juices out of our other big guys tonight."

Jayhawks guard Elijah Johnson said the rest of the team was as in awe as anyone else watching Withey put back shot after shot:

"Most of the time, and I'm guilty of it too, we got caught standing around watching Jeff like a fan. That's when we need to snap back into it, because he can't do everything on his own. Jeff saved us a lot of times."

Kansas (5-1) is back on the court Friday night against the Oregon State Beavers.