Davidson hung around for about 30 minutes of gametime, but a 23-5 run midway through the second half vaulted the Jayhawks over Davidson by an 89-71 final score.
Kansas struck first on a Josh Jackson layup and built first half leads of 17-11, 23-14, and 29-17, but Davidson wasn’t going to go down without a terrific effort. With 9:35 to go in the first half KU had a 12-point lead, but was outscored the rest of the half by 13 points as Davidson went to halftime with the 1-point, 43-42 lead. Kansas went 0-8 from deep in the first half, so things were bound to even out, right?
The second half began much the way the first half ended, as Davidson built a 49-44 lead. But then Josh Jackson canned a three, followed immediately by a Frank Mason three, and KU had a 50-49 lead. A Landen Lucas dunk at the 12:01 mark tied the game at 58-all, and another Lucas dunk sparked the 23-5 run that would all but end the game as the threes finally began to fall for the Jayhawks.
This and That
Josh Jackson and Frank Mason led Kansas in scoring with 18 points each. Jackson shot 8-17 from the floor while Mason went just 4-13. 8 of Mason’s points came from the free throw line. Jackson added 8 rebounds and Mason contributed 7 assists.
Svi Mykhailiuk got the start over Lagerald Vick and dropped in 13 points with 4 rebounds and 3 steals.
Landen Lucas looks much healthier and confident, with several dunks (mentioned above). Lucas finished with 8 points on 4-6 shooting and 8 rebounds.
As a team, Kansas finished with 6-21 (28.6%) 3-pointers after going 0-8 in the first half.
Kansas did a little better from the free throw line today, hitting 17-24 (70.0%).
Kansas will head to Las Vegas, NV on Thursday, Dec 22, for an 8 PM tip with UNLV.
We’ll have more on the Davidson game in the next day or two, but for now, the comments section is yours.