Releford shines as Kansas advances to title game

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Travis Releford stepped into the spotlight
when the Kansas stars faded, his performance as much as any other
the reason the Jayhawks are playing for a national championship.

The junior guard, so often overshadowed by teammates Thomas
Robinson and Tyshawn Taylor, had 15 points and six rebounds on
Saturday night, boosting Kansas to a 64-62 Final Four victory over
Ohio State.

The Jayhawks will play Kentucky on Monday night for their sixth
national championship.

It wouldn't have been possible without Releford, whose two fouls
shots with under 3 minutes to go gave the Jayhawks a 56-55 lead,
and who made two more with 1:13 left for a 62-59 advantage.

And when the Buckeyes' Aaron Craft intentionally missed the
second of two free throws with 2.9 seconds left but was called for
a lane violation, and the final seconds ticked off the clock on the
inbound pass, it was Releford who raced to midcourt to lead the
Jayhawks in celebration.


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