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Freshman PG the toughest of the Jayhawks on a rough night in Manhattan

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Kansas guard Devon Dotson (11) drives against Kansas State guard Barry Brown Jr. (5) during the second half, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019 at Bramlage Coliseum.

Kansas guard Devon Dotson (11) drives against Kansas State guard Barry Brown Jr. (5) during the second half, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019 at Bramlage Coliseum. by Nick Krug

1 – Devon Dotson – Like many of his teammates, Dotson was bit by the injury bug in this one. But that didn’t stop him from battling hard and getting to the paint every chance he got. Finished with 13 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals on a night when he played 39 minutes before fouling out.

2 – Mitch Lightfoot – In 12 first-half minutes, he was arguably the best player in the game, finishing with 6 tough points and 5 rebounds — 3 of them offensive — to help Kansas claim a 33-30 halftime lead. Played just 2 minutes in the second half.

3 – Charlie Moore – Again proved to be ready to handle an increase in minutes with Marcus Garrett sidelined. Made two first-half 3-pointers for 8 points and dished 2 assists and swiped 2 steals in 20 minutes.

4 – Dedric Lawson – Even while finishing one rebound shy of yet another double-double (18 points, 9 rebounds), it was clear that K-State’s defensive gameplan on Lawson bothered him. He shot 6-of-15 from the floor and also turned it over 4 times.

5 – Quentin Grimes – Drained a pair of first-half 3-pointers but also turned it over a game-high 5 times. The inconsistent run continues.

6 – Ochai Agbaji – You could tell it wasn’t going to be Ochai’s night when he lost track of the sideline and stepped out of bounds on the game’s first possession. He battled hard, as always, but seemed a little sped up and out of sorts most of the night.

7 – Lagerald Vick – Self and Vick did not see eye to eye early in the first half and the senior played just 4 minutes as a result. He played 15 minutes in the second half and finished with 7 points, but needed to do more for this team to have a chance and never seemed fully into this one.

8 – K.J. Lawson – Made 1 of the 2 3-pointers he attempted and didn’t do a whole lot else in 12 minutes on the floor.

Season Standings:

1 - Devon Dotson – 182

2 - Dedric Lawson – 176

3 - Lagerald Vick – 132

4 - Marcus Garrett – 125

5 - Quentin Grimes – 103

6 - Mitch Lightfoot – 76

7 - Charlie Moore – 68

8 - David McCormack – 58

9 - K.J. Lawson – 57

10 – Ochai Agbaji – 54

Note: Injured center Udoka Azubuike had recorded 50 points through KU’s first 13 games of the season and freshman Ochai Agbaji did not start playing until Game 15.

Comments

Glen Miller 8 months, 2 weeks ago

It was a rough night for Dedric and Ochai, but to have Moore above them is comical to me. Both impacted the game much more that Charlie did in all phases. He made a couple 3's big deal, because that's about all he did. Moore needs to stay on the bench. If you like to watch a guy dribble around entirely too much and jack up shots from almost half court then I guess he's your man........... and Grimes is one of the weakest players I've ever seen come through here and that's saying something because we've had some soft players. To have his athletic ability and be such a highly rated recruit and consistently get beaten on defense like he's standing still, Be afraid to take it to the rack to the point of just bouncing it off the backboard half the time and his constant standing off to the side while everyone else works is starting to irk me. The kid is a head case and has no confidence at all. We can't keep patting him on the back and telling him it will be OK. Time for him to come off the bench, he's killing us being in the game because of his lack of activity or desire. I don't know if Self just isn't utilizing him right or he was just THAT overrated but he wouldn't be starting on many of the other top 15 teams, so why is he starting for us? Over it!

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