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Saturday, December 19, 2015

Devonté Graham’s ‘sleep disorder’ leads to temporary bench role

Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) fights for a loose ball with Montana guard Michael Oguine, left, and center Bryden Boehning (35) during the first half, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) fights for a loose ball with Montana guard Michael Oguine, left, and center Bryden Boehning (35) during the first half, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Kansas University sophomore guard Devonté Graham came off the bench on Saturday for the first time this season.

“Devonté had a sleep disorder this morning. He overslept,” KU coach Bill Self said after the Jayhawks’ 88-46 victory over Montana in Allen Fieldhouse.

“Devonté is the starter. Make no big deal about that. For whatever reason ... he didn’t say his alarm clock was broken or didn’t work. He didn’t come with that one (excuse). That’s the only reason he didn’t start today. He’ll be back in the starting lineup.”

Junior Brannen Greene started for the first time this season — third time in his career — and responded with 11 points off 4-of-5 shooting (3-4 from three) with three assists and a turnover in 19 minutes.

Graham scored nine points off 4-of-7 shooting with an assist and two turnovers in 21 minutes.

KU freshman Lagerald Vick missed the game because of illness.

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“He didn’t feel well at all,” Self said. “Something’s going on with him. Hopefully he’ll be back out there real soon.”

Self was asked about keeping sick players away from the healthy ones.

“We’ve never told our other teammates, ‘Whatever you do, don’t speak to him or this or that,’’’ Self said. “We have had situations in the past if a guy is a roommate with somebody we definitely keep them in separate rooms, especially if a guy was our leading scorer. We’d put him in the other building. I hope that’s not the case in this one. I don’t think it is.”

Cheick Diallo (four points, three boards, five fouls) took a hard shot to the head the second half, was examined, and returned to the game.

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By the Numbers: Kansas 88, Montana 46

By the Numbers: Kansas 88, Montana 46

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