LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Christian Braun’s mountainous game for Kansas against Kansas Assure last season was overshadowed by an gruesome game-ending melee.
The Jayhawks had been ready to revel in his sequel somewhat extra.
Braun hit four 3-pointers and scored 18 components, half of of all of them the design in which thru an 18-3 fee midway thru the 2d half of, and the 23rd-ranked Jayhawks at last began to level to about a offensive moxie Tuesday evening in a 74-51 victory over the Wildcats.
“Continuously feels lawful to beat Kansas Assure,” acknowledged Braun, who grew up in Burlington, Kansas. “This one was somewhat diverse this year. We’re attempting to salvage issues turned round, attempting to salvage occurring the top doubtless song. Feels lawful to salvage a opt.”
David McCormack moreover had 18 components and Ochai Agbaji added 15 for the Jayhawks (12-6, 6-4 Mountainous 12), who dropped four of their old five games, along with a blowout loss at No. 11 Tennessee over the weekend.
“I assumed we acquired lawful photographs. I didn’t mediate we shot it effectively — I assumed we took some fast ones — nonetheless I assumed we moved the ball reasonably mighty,” Kansas coach Bill Self acknowledged. “Defensively, we tried laborious for the most phase. I assumed we rebounded OK. It was critically better and we mute didn’t salvage photographs, nonetheless it was mute critically better.”
Kansas improved to 200-94 against the Wildcats (5-14, 1-9), the most wins by any Division I faculty over one other in males’s college hoops. The Jayhawks have faith received 15 consecutive games against their longtime competitors in Allen Fieldhouse.
Mike McGuirl scored 10 components for Kansas Assure, nonetheless was correct 3 of 10 from the discipline and 1 for 6 from past the arc. Nijel Pack adopted his 26-level outburst against Texas A&M with 10, and dedicated four turnovers in his Phog debut.
The end result was the Wildcats’ ninth consecutive loss relationship to Dec. 29. All nonetheless two had been by double figures.
“Every crew struggles,” Pack acknowledged. “I point out, we’re correct going thru that creep excellent now. We correct must put in extra work. That’s the one thing it is doubtless you’ll maybe enact. You are going to be ready to’t abet watch over the uncontrollables. We correct must put within the work.”
Neither crew was specifically reasonably on offense within the first half of. At least Kansas performed somewhat protection.
The Jayhawks compelled the scoring-challenged Wildcats into seven first-half of turnovers, held them to correct 2 of 9 from within the abet of the three-level line and compelled Kansas Assure into extra airballs (three) than they managed 2d-chance components (two).
“We’re no longer placing components up on the board,” McGuirl acknowledged. “Our offense is rarely any longer what it needs to be.”
The end result was a 33-25 halftime margin that felt like twice that mighty.
It didn’t take grasp of lengthy ahead of it WAS that mighty.
Kansas held the Wildcats with out a discipline aim for the first 5 minutes of the 2d half of, nonetheless for one other 5-minute stretch. These lengthy slumps allowed the Jayhawks to put together one of their all-too-familiar runs, an 18-3 scoring binge midway thru the 2d half of that resulted in a 56-32 lead with 10 minutes to transfer.
Braun was the catalyst with abet-to-abet 3-pointers, nonetheless McCormack and Agbaji added dunks and Mitch Lightfoot made a couple of free throws as the Jayhawks’ offense acquired in sync — at least for a stretch — for the first time in weeks.
“It’s positively encouraging,” McCormack acknowledged. “A positivity booster. Gets us within the trudge with the walk of the game, gets people touches they wish to salvage abet in their groove. It’s a game to salvage our toes wet, to salvage abet to how each person knows how to enact issues.”
Kansas Assure performed with 13 turnovers, went 5 of 21 from 3-level vary and couldn’t abet the bigger Jayhawks off the glass at both quit of the bottom. Certain, the Wildcats are initiating three freshman and play a fourth off the bench, nonetheless the increasing nervousness had been painfully glaring for coach Bruce Weber since the brand new year began.
Kansas only dedicated six turnovers and three of them got right here from Marcus Garrett, their predominant ballhandler, who only performed 24 minutes. That’s a lawful price the Jayhawks are initiating to enact better on the offensive quit. The 74 components had been their most since a 93-64 opt over TCU on Jan. 6.
Kansas Assure heads dwelling to play No. 13 Texas Tech on Saturday. Kansas visits West Virginia the equal afternoon.
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