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Malik Newman dominates at end to top ratings vs. Baylor

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Kansas guard Malik Newman (14) pulls up for a three against Baylor guard Manu Lecomte during the first half, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Malik Newman (14) pulls up for a three against Baylor guard Manu Lecomte during the first half, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

1 - Malik Newman: Completely took over game at end and is reason Kansas was able to maintain solo first-place standing in Big 12. Baylor took 67-61 lead and Newman scored game’s next seven points to give Kansas lead it never surrendered. Scored 12 of his game-high 24 points in a span that started with 4:20 left and ended with 1:09 on the clock. With no time to think about what to do, he drove hard to the hoop, finished strong and made his free throws.

2 - Devonte’ Graham: Played 40 minutes and looked tired at times, which might have been factor in his subpar shooting (3 for 10, 2 for 6 from 3), but still contributed in myriad ways to the victory. Had 15 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and two steals to go with three turnovers.

3 - Udoka Azubuike: Did a beautiful job of helping out on Manu Lecomte with three seconds left and KU leading by one, altering his driving shot so that it came high off the glass and glanced off the front of the rim. Steadily is becoming more of a defensive presence and his footwork is improving in the post. Totaled 14 points and seven rebounds, but made just 4 of 11 free throws to drop to .411 on the season from the line, an alarming number. Was only KU player to score a field goal for a stretch that lasted longer than 20 minutes.

4 - Svi Mykhailiuk: Dunked with left hand off dribble over Mark Vital and then skied high to throw down a lob from Devonte’ Graham early in the game. Also missed three shots on drives to the hoop. Finished with seven points, three rebounds and four assists. Had rough second half, going scoreless and shooting 0 for 3 from 3.

5 - Lagerald Vick: Another passive performance from the junior who started the season on fire. Had five points and five rebounds.

6 - Marcus Garrett: Made just 3 of 8 free throws as his season percentage from the line dipped to .480. Missed only 3-point attempt to drop to .185 on season. Totaled five points and three rebounds in 21 minutes.

7 - Mitch Lightfoot: Played six scoreless minutes with one block and one rebound.

8 - Silvio De Sousa: Played two minutes without a point, rebound, or assist, but did manage to get whistled for three personal fouls.

SEASON STANDINGS

1 - Devonte' Graham (172)

2 - Svi Mykhailiuk (152)

3 - Udoka Azubuike (149)

4 - Lagerald Vick (148)

5 - Malik Newman (118)

6 - Marcus Garrett (101)

7 - Mitch Lightfoot (85)

8 - Sam Cunliffe (28)

9 - Silvio De Sousa (10)

Comments

Armen Kurdian 10 months, 3 weeks ago

The team fought hard. Unlike the WVU game where they were collapsing and we did what we needed to take advantage, Baylor fought to the end and I think it was more them winning at the end than us taking our foot off the gas. Still, we only have 7 players until Silvio comes around (no fault of his own).

It will be hard for this team to win in March without continuing to make outside shots or until Doke gets better at the FT line. But if Svi & Malik continue to slash the way they are now, that will be a new dimension in our game that will be difficult to defend.

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