Devonte’ Graham: Jayhawks settled down after Penn jumped out to 10-point lead
The top-seeded team in the NCAA Tournament’s Midwest region, Kansas fell behind by 10 points in the first half versus No. 16 seed Penn Thursday before recovering for a 76-60 victory at Intrust Bank Arena.
Jayhawks senior point guard Devonte’ Graham, who scored a game-best 29 points, credited the upset-minded Quakers for attacking KU early, and taking a 21-11 lead.
“It was more what they were doing. They came out running their offense well and it’s hard to guard when you’re trying to play up and pressure but you’re worried about the backdoor. And then they might come up and fake it one way and come off a down-screen and the next thing you know they’ve got a wide-open jump shot,” Graham said, referring to Penn’s 4-for-7 start on 3-pointers.
“They was releasing the ball so quick it was hard to get to them, and then they was knocking down shots,” Graham added. “So we just had to come out and settle down after the first 10 minutes and lock in.”