Despite a sluggish start, the Jayhawks turned it on in the second half against an overmatched opponent and...stop me if you've heard this one.
Once again, Kansas struggled to figure out how to impose their will on inferior competition early in the same. Despite a 9-0 run to start, Kansas could only keep South Dakota at arm's length through the first half. KU's defense was fantastic but, true to this year's form, the offense had trouble generating easy buckets, particularly with Dedric Lawson on the bench for a stretch. Kansas went into the break up 37-27.
The second half was another story. The Jayhawks started gradually increasing their lead to start, but ultimately blew the game wide open, largely thanks to a barrage of three point shooting from Charlie Moore. The sharpshooting sophomore transfer finally broke out of his early season slump, hitting six of nine, accounting for all 18 of his points. He also dished out four assists in by far his best performance of the year.
Dedric Lawson went for 16 and 14, while Lagerald Vick overcame a quiet start to score 12, with five boards and three steals.
Kansas is now 10-0, and next plays Saturday in Tempe where I will see the Jayhawks in person for what seems like the first time in forever.