Udoka Azubuike leads team, ratings with 19 points in Ames
1 - Udoka Azubuike: Picked up third foul 21 seconds into second half but coach Bill Self left him on the court and the center rewarded the coach for that decision. He did a terrific job of establishing position down low and teammates did a great job of looking for him. Scored 12 of his team-high 19 points in the second half and all of his rebounds (three) and blocked shots (three) in the second half. Made 9 of 10 shots from the field, hitting hook shots and an up-and-under to go with the lobs he threw down late in the game. Also made a nifty pass to Devonte' Graham cutting toward the hoop.
2 - Malik Newman: Played with the sort of fire in his eyes that sometimes seems lacking and used it to fuel him to 17 points, six rebounds and four assists.
3 - Lagerald Vick: Left unguarded on the perimeter at times the way Newman was in the first game vs. the Cyclones, Vick made them pay with a big second half, scoring 13 of 16 points. He made a trio of wide-open 3-pointers early in the second half to extend KU’s lead. Made some disruptive defensive plays and had four rebounds and two assists with just one turnover.
4 - Devonte’ Graham: Contributed 13 points, six rebounds and five assists without turning it over, but continued to miss an excessive number of layups. Made 3 f 16 shots from the field and 1 of 7 from 3-point range. Made Made his first five free throws but then missed 3 of 4 down the stretch.
5 - Svi Mykhailiuk: Made 2 of 6 3-pointers and finished with 10 points, just one rebound, two assists and two turnovers.
6 - Mitch Lightfoot: Two points, two rebounds, one block, two steals and three fouls in 15 minutes off the bench.
7 - Marcus Garrett: Played well defensively in 19 minutes and totaled three points, one assists, one rebound, one steal and one turnover.
8 - Silvio De Sousa: Played final 2:44 of first half, scored three points, two coming after he got away with a travel and scored on a put-back. Had three rebounds and gave up one bucket down low. Held his own during stretch that ensured neither Azubuike nor Lightfoot would head into second half with three fouls.
9 - Sam Cunliffe: Played final 1:12 of first half to prevent Newman from risking a third foul.
1 - Devonte' Graham (232)
2 - Svi Mykhailiuk (204)
3 - Udoka Azubuike (202)
4 - Lagerald Vick (188)
5 - Malik Newman (175)
6 - Marcus Garrett (143)
7 - Mitch Lightfoot (124)
8 - Sam Cunliffe (37)
9 - Silvio De Sousa (27)