Florida Atlantic took a long trip to Kansas to take on the No. 15 Jayhawks Wednesday in a money game, and the result was predictable.
FAU (3-5) started strong, and had a 9-3 lead four minutes into the game, but then Kansas (4-2) went on a 26-6 run to take control of the game on the way to a comfortable 77-54 win at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence.
The Owls had no answer for Kansas forward Thomas Robinson (6-foot-10, 237 pounds), who had 19 points and 17 rebounds, as the Jayhawks used their height advantage to pound the ball inside to create mismatches with the undersized Owls.
That resulted in a disparity in rebounding (53 to 32), fouls shots (25-of-33 for Kansas, 8-of-19 for FAU) and blocks (Kansas had 13 and FAU had four.)
"I am disappointed that they out-rebound us. Size is one thing, positioning is another. You have to use your legs," Jarvis said.
Sophomore guard Pablo Bertone had 17 points and 12 rebounds for FAU, for his first career double-double, and sophomore guard Dennis Mavin, who had seen limited minutes this season, had 17 points
"Thank God for Pablo," Jarvis said.
The Owls, who have played seven of their first eight games on the road, have an 11-day break before hosting Warner Dec. 10 at FAU Arena.