LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — It took Kansas coach Bill Self just 35 seconds to burn his first timeout Monday night.
"You know what? I screwed it up," he would explain later, "because I should have taken a timeout five seconds into the game after our first turnover."
Instead, he waited until the Jayhawks had turned it over twice and let Toledo score an easy bucket before calling his team over to the sideline. What ensued was an animated discussion that centered on defense — or rather, the complete lack thereof.
No. 16 Kansas responded in fine enough fashion to pull out a 93-83 victory, and deal the Rockets their first loss of the season. But it wasn't enough to stop Self from spending about 15 minutes in his post-game news conference lamenting the sorry state of the Jayhawks defense.
"You shouldn't have to shoot 67 percent in the second half at home, and hang 50, in order to win by 10," said Self, whose teams have traditionally been among the stingiest in the nation.
"They're a good offensive basketball team, obviously, but I think we helped them, too."
Perry Ellis had 21 points and 11 rebounds to lead Kansas (9-3), while Naadir Tharpe added a career-high 20 points with eight assists. Andrew Wiggins also had 20 points and fellow freshman Joel Embiid had 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Indeed, scoring wasn't an issue.
It was the other end of the court that posed a problem.
"Definitely, we still haven't shown the killer instinct," Tharpe said. "I don't think we have it at all. We just let them score too many easy baskets."
After falling behind by 16 in the second half, Toledo (12-1) made one final charge, getting within 81-73 on a 3-pointer by Julius Brown with 3:23 left in the game.
Tharpe answered moments later with a free throw and then a driving layup off a miss, and Kansas finally put the game away when Frank Mason fed Wiggins on a run-out for an easy dunk that gave the Jayhawks an 88-76 lead with less than 2 minutes remaining.
"Not many teams have won here, or are going to win here this year," Toledo coach Tod Kowalczyk said, "but this team has an unbelievable amount of pride."
Nathan Boothe led the Rockets with 15 points, despite dealing with foul trouble much of the night. J.D. Weatherspoon and Justin Drummond had 13 points each, and Rian Pearson added 10.