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Recap: Jayhawks burn Cajuns 89-76

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A big win was not without some drama.

NCAA Basketball: Louisiana-Lafayette at Kansas Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

For the second consecutive game, the final outcome was about what you would expect in a matchup like this, but the way the game went was... not.

The Game

Kansas jumped out to a quick 11-3 lead, but by the under-12 timeout Louisiana had taken a 19-18 lead. Soon the Jayhawks would trail by 12 at 32-20. An intentional technical by Bill Self sparked a 10-0 run over the next two and a half minutes erased most of that lead, and Kansas would reclaim that lead just before the under-4 timeout. Kansas would take a slim 44-41 advantage into the break.

The Jayhawks would never trail again. A short 5-0 run to open the second half gave the Jayhawks an 8-point lead. Louisiana did close to within 65-64 with 8:43 to play, but KU responded with a 9-0 run in the next three minutes and cruised to the finish line, and an 89-74 final score.

Stats

Lagerald Vick led all scorers with 33 points (!!!) on 11-18 shooting, including 7-12 from behind the arc. He added 9 rebounds and 2 assists against 3 turnovers. Of note: Vick played all 40 minutes in the game.

Dedric Lawson added 19 points on 6-11 shooting, and Udoka Azubuike had 17 points on 8-10 shooting.

As a team, Kansas shot 8-22 (36.4%) from behind the arc but just 17-26 (65.4%) from the free throw line.

Louisiana took over 57% of their shots from 3-point range, but hit just 12-36 (33.3%) of them.

Up Next

Kansas will head to New York City for the semi-finals of the NIT Preseason Tip-Off against #24 Marquette. The game is scheduled for a 6 PM (Jayhawk time) tip on Wednesday, Nov 21, on ESPN2.