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Kansas defeats Montana, 88-46

  • 1 p.m., Dec. 19, 2015
  • Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, KS

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Energetic Wayne Selden Jr., Jayhawks fly by Montana

Kansas guard Wayne Selden Jr. (1) swings wide off the rim before Montana center Bryden Boehning (35) after a dunk during the first half, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Wayne Selden Jr. (1) swings wide off the rim before Montana center Bryden Boehning (35) after a dunk during the first half, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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With no regard for his own personal safety, Wayne Selden, Jr., dove head first for a loose ball near the scorer’s table, teammate Devonté Graham picking it up and cashing a layup in the first half of Kansas University’s non-conference clash against Montana on Saturday in Allen Fieldhouse.

Selden gave up his body with the Jayhawks already up 15 points on the visitors from the Big Sky Conference.

“That wins the tough games — having energy,” Selden shrugged after scoring 11 points, grabbing four rebounds, dishing four assists with two steals in the Jayhawks’ 88-46 victory.

Coach Bill Self, who just loves when players hit the deck in pursuit of the basketball, marveled at the 6-foot-5, 230-pound Selden’s want-to shown on the steal.

“The play he made was probably the best hustle play we’ve had this year,” Self said, adding, “We’ve had several. That was probably the best we’ve had.”

Selden, who hit 5-of-10 shots but was 0-for-4 from three, actually was a human highlight-reel in the contest.

He had a no-look pass to Carlton Bragg for a layup, a lob from the perimeter that resulted in a dunk by Cheick Diallo and a lob from half court — yes, half court — to Bragg for an alley-oop slam.

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“I just saw him running. He called for it. If you call for it, you’ve got to go get it. He went and got it,” Selden said of the 6-foot-9 Bragg skying to grab and finish the half-court lob. “He gave me a signal with the hand. We’d never practiced that before. We’ve never practiced throwing a lob that far,” he added.

Bragg’s version: “I kept running the floor. His vision ... looking up. We saw each other. I raised my hand. He threw it. We connected.”

For the day, Selden committed just one turnover. For the season, he has 32 assists, 18 turnovers.

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“I used to play quarterback, Pop Warner. Not in high school, but growing up,” said Selden, a native of Roxbury, Massachusetts.

Selden also stormed down the lane for his own vicious dunk.

“I feel if I’m out there, nobody should stop me,” Selden said. “I try to have my whole team think like that. Once we think like that, it’ll be tough to beat us.”

KU senior forward Perry Ellis, who had scored 13, 12 and 12 points the previous three games, scored 18 points off 4-of-7 shooting. He was 10-of-10 from the line and grabbed nine rebounds in 24 minutes.

“Perry looked like Perry,” Self said. “I thought he was much more aggressive and decisive today than what he had been the last couple weeks.”

Self had recently said he expected Ellis to play like an All-American.

“I know myself I haven’t been playing to the level I want to play at,” Ellis said. “I realize that. He’s just continually motivating me trying to get me to play at that level again. The key thing is the attacking part.”

Ellis scored seven points as KU raced to an 18-7 lead.

“I felt at the beginning I was being real aggressive. That’s all they (coaches) are always asking of me,” Ellis said. “I got out and started attacking and not worrying about what’s happening. Good things were happening for me.”

Frank Mason III had nine assists, no turnovers to go with his seven points. Also, Brannen Greene, who made the third start of his career, hit three threes and scored 11 points, while Svi Mykhailiuk, who actually played some point guard during a seven-minute stretch the final half, had 10 points.

Bragg had nine as did Devonté Graham, who came off the bench as penalty for arriving late for the first team activity of the morning.

Hunter Mickelson had seven rebounds and Landen Lucas six.

“The main focus was putting two halves together. I felt we did that,” Ellis said.

Indeed, the (9-1) Jayhawks who held (4-6) Montana to 26.4 percent shooting, scored 44 points in each half. Montana netted 24 in the first and 22 in the second.

“We were pretty sound in all phases,” Self said. “They missed some shots they normally will probably make. They won’t shoot 26 percent again this year. I felt all 11 guys who had a chance to play ample minutes played well.”

KU will next meet San Diego State at 10 p.m., Central time, Tuesday, in San Diego.

— See what people were saying about the game during KUsports.com’s live blog


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By the Numbers: Kansas 88, Montana 46

By the Numbers: Kansas 88, Montana 46

Comments

Bryce Landon 3 years, 10 months ago

I think it is very safe to say that the Jayhawks gave a full 40 minutes' worth of effort in aspects of the game. First time this season, too!

David Kelley-Wood 3 years, 10 months ago

“I feel if I’m out there, nobody should stop me,” Selden said. “I try to have my whole team think like that. Once we think like that, it’ll be tough to beat us.” Man, that is THE mindset to have!

Bryce Landon 3 years, 10 months ago

I love it, too! Selden is stepping up and becoming the team leader that we have lacked for two if not three seasons.

Steve Zimmerman 3 years, 10 months ago

Wow.. These kids are now a lot more fun to watch. I know they beat a subpar team but we saw the game was full of energy. I've said this so many times, if coach Self let the team play like they're capable of playing with their talents, we will be unstoppable. Now Selden is looking like Selden in high-school. Bragg & Diallo are perfect complements to Selden, a nifty passer. We will see more beautiful basketballs from KU team this year if they keep the uptempo pace, mixing up hi-low with 3s, superb D... Yes!! they wont' be forced performing ugly hi-lo the whole game!! Now, gentlemen, I think we are ready to take on anyone. Go Jayhawks!

Gerry Butler 3 years, 10 months ago

Wayne has been playing very solid ball all year, ALL YEAR today was a perfect example as to how he has grown & developed> He realized that his outside shot was off, so instead of disappearing, shutting down, he went to other aspects of his game, drive the ball, help others look good, assist, rebound some, outstanding hustle, but he has never lacked there on the defensive end and scrappiness, I just think he is playing so with so much more confidence, being a complete player I think us playing in Korea this year really helped him got his confidence going and just carried on, I feel that if he continues like the level he is playing at right now then we might just lose him after this year. Not saying that with 100 % confidence, just saying a fairly good chance he might enter, would love to see him for the full 4 but this day and age one never knows. ROCK CHALK ALL DAY LONG BABY

Tony Bandle 3 years, 10 months ago

Please correct me if I am wrong, but I have yet to see any indication that neither Bragg nor Diallo are anywhere near ready for the NBA.

With the departure of Ellis, Humter and Jamari, the front line will have a lot of room. How does a mix of Diallo, Bragg, Maker, the redshirt kid from the Carribean, one of the 5 star freshmen forwards and Lucas sound???

Kent Richardson 3 years, 10 months ago

I can't correct you. I have not seen any indication they are ready for this year.

Our special need may be that we don't have anyone close to being able to replace Perry. Perry/Diallo or Perry/Bragg? Ok we can make that work as the frosh gets better.

Bragg/Diallo or Bragg/Mickelson? Diallo or Mickelson at the five but we need to develop Bragg's offense and I mean this year. Start running plays for him at the four 15 minutes per game.

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