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Kansas defeats Lafayette, 96-69

  • 2 p.m., Dec. 20, 2014
  • Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, KS

Jayhawks show off depth in rout of Lafayette

By Matt Tait ---- mtait@ljworld.com

Six players reached double digits in scoring and the Kansas University men's basketball team improved to 9-1 with a 96-69 victory over a scrappy Lafayette team Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas raced out to a 24-11 lead during the first 10 minutes of the game and looked to be on its way to an easy victory. But the Leopards (7-3) never got discouraged and just kept shooting. Eventually, those shots started falling and KU's lead was in the 8- to 10-point range for much of the next 15 minutes.

Hunter Mickelson's energy off the bench (8 points, 7 rebounds), Frank Mason III’s signature toughness (14 points, 9 assists) and Wayne Selden Jr.’s leadership (12 points, 6 assists) helped spark the victory.

It was Kelly Oubre Jr., however, who led everyone with 23 points in 25 minutes. Oubre was 9-of-15 from the floor and 4-of-7 from three-point range. He also grabbed 10 rebounds in what was by far his best game as a Jayhawk.

Here’s a quick look back at some of the action:

• The game turned when: KU responded to the Leopards cutting the lead to 57-49 with 13:01 to play with a 10-3 run to push the Jayhawks' lead back to 15. That run eventually turned into a 28-8 run and KU led 85-57 with five minutes to play. KU's defense was a big part of the run. Lafayette opened the first nine minutes of the second half shooting 69 percent or above. That number dropped by nearly 20 percent during the stretch that clinched the game.

• Offensive highlight: A harmless inbounds play by Lafayette under the KU bucket quickly turned into a highlight-reel slam on the other end by Selden. As Lafayette's Bryce Scott broke down the lane and looked to be wide open for an easy connection, Evan Manning jumped in front of the pass from out of nowhere, grabbed the ball and quickly pushed it ahead to Selden, who went right to the rim and finished with a double-clutched slam dunk to give KU 96 points and Selden 12.

• Defensive highlight: We all know that Mason's not afraid to get in there and rebound, but now we know the KU point guard is willing to play the role of the rejector, as well. Early on in Saturday's victory, Mason stalked Lafayette guard Nick Linder as he drove to the rim on the right side of the lane. After getting all the way to the basket, Linder went up for what looked like it might be an easy layup, but Mason went up with him and swatted the shot off the backboard and grabbed the rebound himself. That led to an easy bucket on the other end for Kansas and was the start of KU's run to a double-digit lead.

• Key stat: KU's first-half three-point shooting was lights out. The Jayhawks hit 6 of 11 three-point attempts in the first half (55 percent) and matched Lafayette's first-half total in four fewer attempts. Lafeyette came in boasting 42 percent team three-point shooting and shot 46 percent against the Jayhawks.

• Up next: The Jayhawks will travel to Philadelphia for their final game before Christmas on Monday against Temple, at the Wells Fargo Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. and the game will be shown on ESPN2. After that, KU will close out 2014 at Allen Fieldhouse on Dec. 30, when the Jayhawks welcome Kent State to town for a 7 p.m. game on Jayhawk TV. 

Box score

Join the post game discussion

Melrank in reply to Lawkan

It appears not. I was disappointed that Campo was not retained.

Melrank

See ya on Monday fellow Jayhawkers. Rock Chalk!

Lawkan

Did Beaty try to keep Kiesau and Campo?

Bwag in reply to Benton Smith

He looks pretty smooth getting those numbers. Hopefully we can tighten up some defense and make it work against tougher competition.

Melrank in reply to Benton Smith

Of course.

Melrank

Calipari is really upset and pulling his starters. UCLA has now scored 14.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff in reply to Melrank

That'll be the key. And KU needs him. And Big Cliff, of course.

Lawkan

Gueldner is looking awful scrawny.

Melrank in reply to Benton Smith

Huge game. Now let's see if he can string together a couple more.

Lawkan

looked like Cliff was okay.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

23 points and 10 boards for Kelly Oubre Jr., who puts up 15 points in 2nd half of 96-69 Kansas win.

FINAL
Lafayette 69
Kansas 96

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Lawkan

He might have to play all 40 minutes on senior night until he does.

Melrank

WE WANT PIZZA!

01:37 left in Second Half
Lafayette 64
Kansas 96

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Lawkan

Garret needs to score

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Landen Lucas, who started the game, has played all of 4 minutes since.

Darin Bradley

Wayne needs to let Manning run the point to get him experience.

Melrank

Benton called the coming out party!

Melrank

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Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Crazy to think about how Kelly Oubre looked/played in Orlando. And how he looks/plays today.

Melrank in reply to Benton Smith

Honestly.

03:03 left in Second Half
Lafayette 62
Kansas 93

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff in reply to Darin Bradley

Self didn't seem to think anybody would red shirt. Devonté Graham remains a possibility (medical) if they determine his turf toe is too serious to return.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff in reply to Melrank

Three for 37? Brutal.

Darin Bradley

Benton will anyone redshirt this year?

Melrank

UCLA was 3 for 37 in the first half - yikes. Makes us look like the Globetrotters.

03:29 left in Second Half
Lafayette 62
Kansas 89

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Melrank

Looks like ankle and not knee at least.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Big Cliff was down on the floor. Limps off, looks like some kind of right ankle injury.

Melrank

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Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Kansas has knocked in 5 of 9 three-pointers this half. Same as Lafayete.

Maximus140

Darn that injury bug!

Darin Bradley

Not good.

Melrank

We would be in trouble with Wayne at the point full time.

Melrank

WAYN3

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

3-point shooting: KU 11/19 (58%), Lafayette 11/24 (46%)

Melrank

Ping pong

Melrank

WAYN3

Maximus140

Great pass by SVI

Brian Powell

See ya next time, guys. ROCK CHALK

Micky Baker

Lafayette is shooting well from the outside, but we're not too bad either.

06:07 left in Second Half
Lafayette 57
Kansas 80

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

KU goes on a much needed 8-0 run in just 1:11 to extend lead over Lafayette to 80-57.

Bwag

Another nice rebound for Mickleson

Brian Powell

awesome that Ooooobre is breaking out

Lawkan

hehe 3 wings and 2 power forward lineup.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff in reply to Arthur Ankeney

Mickelson might not come out til this game is totally out of reach. Self rewarding him for strong play.

Melrank

OUBR3

Maximus140

great pass by Seldon... 2nd time a big couldn't finish down low

Arthur Ankeney

There's your answer about Ellis, and Hunter erases his mistake

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Did I just see this right? Kentucky up 41-7 at halftime vs. UCLA? Yikes.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Frank Mason has 6 points and 3 assists since the break. 1 steal and 1 turnover.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff in reply to Bucknelljayhawk3

7 second-half minutes for Mickelson, leads all KU bigs. He's made 2/3 FGs this half.

08:02 left in Second Half
Lafayette 57
Kansas 72

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Bucknelljayhawk3

Self will put Cliff back in, but will we see Perry/Lucas in the last 8 minutes?

Melrank

Kentucky with a five touchdown lead at half. Oh, wait, that's a basketball game.

Maximus140

Traylor and Perry both got that one dribble and drive move down pack!

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

KU not too shabby here in the 2nd half: 12/23 FGs and 2/4 3s. Lafayette outscoring KU 28-27 since break.

Melrank

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Bwag

Jamari shouldn't have tried to dribble out of that mayhem when he had the rebound

Arthur Ankeney

KU looking good with Seldon and Ellis on the bench. Good to see the depth of this team paying off when some starters aren't playing well.

Bwag in reply to Melrank

I'm watching a blacked out version of the ESPN3 feed

Brian Powell

glad they decided to finish the game , lol

Melrank

I think I'm ahead of everyone for a change.

Bwag

Mickleson a heads up rebound there to get into position on that strange layup attempt

09:58 left in Second Half
Lafayette 52
Kansas 67

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Melrank

CHIPOTLE

Brian Powell

MARI

Bwag

Hunter with the spin jumper

Maximus140

Does Elis Perry change his name to Elves Perry during December?

Melrank

You go big fella!

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Interesting lineup: Mason, Greene, Svi, Traylor, Mickelson. Playing well together here in the 2nd half, too.

Brian Powell

lessons from Perry :D

Melrank

BEDHEAD

Kent Gaylor

what is it about second halves on Sat. afternoon.

Arthur Ankeney

Hunter just used Ellis's move only he went over the right shoulder.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Lafayette 3-point shooting: 10 of 20 on the game, 4 of 5 in the second half.

Lawkan

that's enough of that

Bucknelljayhawk3

We're shooting 0.571 on 3pts so far. Keep 'em coming! But don't forget to block their attempts :/

Kay Jensen

Can we pretty please string together two good halves in the same game?? Wow.

Maximus140

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk has some quickness going against a guy 6 inches shorter than him and he still turn the corner before being fouled

Bwag

On D we're getting beat off the dribble and not staying in front of our men. Extra pass killing us.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Greene was just destined to come off the bench. Knocks in his first 3-point attempt like he so often does.

11:56 left in Second Half
Lafayette 49
Kansas 59

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Bwag

Greene on ccue

Melrank

CHIPOTLE

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Leopards are on fire. 9 of 11 FGs in 2nd half. 3 for 3 from behind the arc.

Melrank

Buttered! On cue!

Bwag

We might want to play some defense. Are the folks that just came in get much of a chance to see if they can do so?

Brian Powell in reply to Maximus140

to compensate for the lack of touch :D it was still long!

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff in reply to Benton Smith

*Now 7 of last 7 FGs for Lafayette

Melrank

Jamari's hair is actually wilder than Hunter's. Not quite as crazy as preseason Wiggins.

13:39 left in Second Half
Lafayette 46
Kansas 54

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

No 7 of last 7 FGS for Lafayette

Maximus140

Hunter with a fade away shot? Why is a 7 footer doing that opposed to just jumping straight up.

Bucknelljayhawk3

Ugh, KU doesn't play so hot when they're up by 20. Bring back Hunter/Jamari!

Melrank

I smell some melted butter . . .

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff in reply to Ashwingrao

You got your wish. Happy holidays.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Brannen Greene finally checks in.

Ashwingrao

Ellis needs to go back to the bench. Today we are not a good team with him in the middle.

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