Svi Mykhailiuk for the Kansas Jayhawks

No. 3 Kansas Uses Hot Shooting To Put Away Texas Southern, 114-71

LAWRENCE, Kan., Sporting Alert – Seven Kansas players scored in double-figures and the third-ranked Jayhawks easily beat Texas Southern 114-71 in their first game of the Hoophall Miami Invitational on Tuesday night at Allen Fieldhouse. Game Box Score

Svi Mykhailiuk scored 21 points and connected on five 3-point attempts for Kansas, while Udoka Azubuike added 20 points and nine rebounds for the Jayhawks (4-0), who led 66-30 at halftime after shooting 59 percent from the field and set a record with 12 3-pointers in a half.

The home side shot 60 percent from 3-point range in the first half.

Lagerald Vick finished with a career-high 22 points, with 10 rebounds and seven assists and Devonte’ Graham had 17 points, 11 assists, six rebounds and four steals on a night when Kansas knocked down 19 shots from 3-point range and dominated the glass 50-35.

“It’s super fun,” Graham said. “Being active, sharing the ball, it’s contagious. Just making that extra pass, and when the ball’s going through the hoop like that, it just feeds energy into us.”

Also among the other highlighted contributors for the Jayhawks on the night were Marcus Garrett, who ended with 13 points and 11 rebounds off the bench for his second double-double of the season and Malik Newman, who scored 12 points.

It was the first time Kansas had seven double-figure scorers in a game since November 23, 2015 against Chaminade.

Mitch Lightfoot ended with 10 points in the win for the home side, which shot 59 percent in the first half and 55 percent after the interval.

“I was certainly pleased with the outcome. I thought we played pretty well,” Kansas coach Bill Self said about his team’s overall ball movement and shooting effort.

Demontrae Jefferson led all scorers for Texas Southern with 24 points with Donte Clark adding 19 points and pulling down a game-high 14 rebounds and four blocks.

Kevin Scott had 17 points for the Tigers (0-5) who have lost five straight to starting the season.

“I’ve never seen a team pass the ball and shoot the basketball as well as they do,” Texas Southern coach Mike Davis said about Kansas.

“I’ve been around for a long time,” he added. “If you play basketball like they play basketball, they’ll be cutting the net down in April.”

KOBY FRANZ | Staff Writer

Kobe Franz is a huge sports fan, but loves the Oklahoma City Thunder and the rivalry between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Oklahoma State Cowboys. Franz also enjoys spending time with his family.

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