ARLINGTON — Michigan freshman Mitch McGary outplayed Kansas All-American Jeff Withey with the best game of his young career in the Wolverines’ 87-85 South Regional victory Friday night at Cowboys Stadium.In only his fifth career start, McGary set career highs in points (25), field goals made (12) and minutes played (35) and tied his career high in rebounds (14) and steals (3).Not bad for a guy who only had two starts during the regular season.“I’m still in shock,” said McGary, a 6-foot-10 center who made 12 of 17 shots. “I’m just very exhausted. I don’t know how many minutes I played.”McGary, a freshman out of Chesteron, Ind., outplayed Withey, who was held below his averages with 12 points and eight rebounds. McGary was one of only two Michigan players providing any offense in the first half when Kansas threatened to pull away. McGary had 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting while the rest of his team was a combined 9 for 25 in the first half.Mac came backKansas freshman Ben McLemore, who had been stuck in a shooting slump for his previous three games, came out of it big time Friday night. Before Michigan’s comeback from a 14-point deficit with fewer than seven minutes remaining in regulation, McLemore was shaping up to be the clear hero in a Jayhawks victory.He led Kansas with 20 points on 8-of-15 shooting after combining to score 18 in his previous three games. He was 0 for 9 against North Carolina and finished with a season-low two points.He started slow against the Wolverines, missing his first three shots before heating up. He scored 10 points in an electrifying five-minute stretch late in the first half that included two 3-pointers and an acrobatic dunk off an inbounds pass from Naadir Tharpe.Screen starKansas forward Justin Wesley is no stranger to the camera. The former North Crowley forward played former Jayhawks great Wilt Chamberlain in a film, but his greatest claim to fame so far is the 53-second Harlem Shake video he instigated earlier this season.Since Feb. 15, the video, which shows Wesley and his teammates dancing and playing instruments among other shenanigans, has been viewed more than 4.8 million times.Wesley was approached by a classmate, a film major who had done a Harlem Shake video with her sorority. Wesley asked his teammates if they were interested, and the next day, with a special introduction from coach Bill Self, the video was shot.“It didn’t take much planning at all,” Wesley said. “It was pretty much you stand in one spot and you do something crazy. Nobody knew who was doing what until we watched it afterward. It came out pretty good.”Wesley said he knew the video had gone viral when he saw LeBron James mimic it.“I was greatly surprised,” he said. “I didn’t know it would get that many hits. We were just doing it for fun. It just happened to become a sensation. When LeBron stole our idea — I don’t know how quickly they did, but they were dancing in the locker room; he’s dancing in the middle with his shirt off. They got someone in the laundry cart. It just looked a little similar to ours, that’s all I’m saying.”Key stats37 Age of the oldest alumnus of Florida Gulf Coast, according to athletic director Ken Kavanagh. The school, which was established in 1991, held its first class in 1997.40,639 Attendance at Cowboys Stadium on Friday.
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