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Frank Mason III keys KU comeback in K.C.

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Kansas guard Frank Mason III (0) wings a pass across the baseline around Oregon State guard Langston Morris-Walker (13) during the second half, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015 at Sprint Center.

Kansas guard Frank Mason III (0) wings a pass across the baseline around Oregon State guard Langston Morris-Walker (13) during the second half, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015 at Sprint Center. by Nick Krug

1. Frank Mason III: The Jayhawks were down 11 to Oregon State in the first half at Sprint Center when their junior point guard scored 7 straight points for Kansas and got a steal in that same stretch. Mason scored 18 points, dished 6 assists, stole the ball 3 times and reminded his teammates what it takes to compete and win. And he played all but 2 minutes.

2. Wayne Selden Jr.: When Kansas couldn’t do anything right offensively in the first half, it was the junior guard who rose up, and knocked down two must-have three-pointers in the final three minutes before halftime to keep the No. 2-ranked Jayhawks within reasonable distance of upset-minded Oregon State. Selden scored a game-high 22 points, drilled 5 of 8 from 3-point range, blocked 2 shots and came up with a steal in 36 minutes.

3. Devonté Graham: The third member of the three-guard lineup Self entrusted for all but the final minute of KU’s comeback victory, KU’s second starting point guard also came away with three steals and made OSU star Gary Payton III work for his 13 points and 7 assists. Graham shot 4-for-8, scored 10 points and grabbed 5 boards, but only shot 1-for-4 from both the free-throw line and 3-point range.

4. Perry Ellis: Like he so often does, KU’s star senior forward quietly put together a double-digit scoring night (13 points). More importantly, he helped Kansas edge OSU in rebounds, 32-31, with a 9-board night. Ellis missed his first 4 shot attempts, then shot 4-for-6 the rest of the way, and was a perfect 4-for-4 at the charity stripe.

5. Hunter Mickelson: Again getting the nod in KU’s fifth starting spot, Mickelson only played 4 minutes in the first half but was so active Bill Self was forced to give him a longer look in the second half. Mickelson scored 7 points, knocked down a pair of baseline jumpers just after halftime to help KU get its offense flowing and came away with 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 blocks and 1 steal in 14 minutes.

6. Carlton Bragg: The only player outside the starting five whom Self trusted enough to use in the second half, the freshman big man hustled, passed the ball and scored it. Bragg put up 8 points, 4 boards (2 offensive), passed out 3 assists and swiped 2 steals.

7. Cheick Diallo: Didn’t play a single minute in second half as Self elected to shorten his bench. Diallo did manage 2 points (1-for-2 on FGs), 2 boards and a block in 7 minutes of first-half action.

8. Svi Mykhailiuk: The sophomore scored his only 2 points when inserted for the final minute-plus. Shot 1-for-2 and failed to register another stat in 6 minutes.

9. Brannen Greene: The 3-point specialist only got to hoist one from deep in the first half, when he played 7 minutes. That one missed, as Greene forced the shot amid KU’s woeful offensive first half. Also had a rebound.

10. Jamari Traylor: Self turned to his senior forward for some energy, but didn’t keep him in long (2 minutes) once Traylor snagged an offensive rebound and missed a put-back badly.

11. Landen Lucas: Played 4 more minutes than Traylor did, but missed his only shot attempt and turned the ball over. Didn’t record a rebound, which is kind of his specialty.

SEASON STANDINGS

Frank Mason III — 76

Wayne Selden Jr. — 75

Devonté Graham — 65

Perry Ellis — 62

Svi Mykhailiuk — 45

Jamari Traylor — 40

Carlton Bragg — 41

Brannen Greene — 28

Hunter Mickelson — 25

Landen Lucas — 23

Cheick Diallo — 22

Lagerald Vick — 5


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Comments

Rodney Crain 4 years ago

swings and a miss, Wayne was the key guy in the comeback.

Kent Richardson 4 years ago

I could go either way but Wayne hitting those two threes are what I woke up this morning thinking about. After a couple of blonds I know. Lol.

Mick Allen 3 years, 12 months ago

C'mon Rodney, Tom, at the least, fouled the pitch off.

Rodney Crain 3 years, 12 months ago

I can live with that Mick, as long as it is a strike. :)

James Smith 3 years, 12 months ago

Guys should the coaching staff be rated each game?

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