LAWRENCE, Kan.: Ochai Agbaji scored 18 factors to guide 4 gamers in double figures, serving to fifth-ranked Kansas roll to a 95-50 win over Omaha on Friday night time within the Jayhawks’ last tune-up earlier than starting Big 12 play.
Mitch Lightfoot had a career-best 14 factors, David McCormack had 11 factors and 11 rebounds, and Tyon Grant-Foster added 13 factors off the bench because the Jayhawks (6-1) cruised to their 12th consecutive win at Allen Fieldhouse.
They largely cruised from the opening minute, not like their final day trip, when coach Bill Self’s crew wanted Creighton’s finest participant to overlook a free throw within the last seconds to keep away from going to additional time with the No. 8 Bluejays.
Wanjang Tut scored 14 factors and Jadin Booth had 11 to guide the Mavericks (2-5). Leading scorer Matt Pile was held to 6 factors on 2-for-7 capturing whereas coping with foul hassle for a lot of the sport.
The Jayhawks opened it with 5 spectacular minutes, flattening 3-pointers and getting simple buckets on the rim whereas forcing Omaha to overlook its first 9 pictures. By the time they substituted on the under-16 media timeout, the 5 starters led by Agbaji and Jalen Wilson had given Kansas a 17-Zero lead.
Five depressing minutes adopted during which the Jayhawks went 1 for Eight from the ground, turned the ball over on three straight possessions and allowed the Mavericks to show their huge deficit right into a 10-point recreation.
Back got here the starters and again got here the blowout. The Jayhawks ran off one other 10 consecutive factors, and this time they didn’t cease when the backups checked again into the sport. Lightfoot established a brand new profession excessive when his 3-pointer within the closing seconds gave Kansas a 45-22 benefit heading into the locker room.
The lead quickly stretched 69-34 halfway by way of the second half earlier than the Jayhawks started to substitute liberally.
The Jayhawks had been imagined to conclude their five-game homestand towards Tarleton State on Sunday, however a constructive take a look at inside the Division I newcomer Friday brought about its cancellation.
Omaha fared about in addition to it did towards Creighton, which routed the Mavericks 94-67 earlier this month. In each video games they lacked the dimensions and athleticism to hold round with an opponent that has nationwide title aspirations.
Kansas remains to be attempting to type out its rotation heading into Big 12 play. The first 5 had been set and Lightfoot has had a couple of good video games in a row, however there’s a vacuum past these six. Freshman guard Bryce Thompson has probably the most upside and Foster-Grant has flashed some much-needed scoring punch.
The Mavericks go to Wyoming on Wednesday night time. The Jayhawks start Big 12 play Thursday night time at No. 17 Texas Tech.
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