Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Quick recap: Second-half surge pushes No. 2 KU past Wofford

Kansas forward Dedric Lawson (1) turns for a shot over Wofford forward Keve Aluma (24) during the first half on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas forward Dedric Lawson (1) turns for a shot over Wofford forward Keve Aluma (24) during the first half on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse.


No. 2 Kansas overcame another sluggish start to remain unbeaten on the 2018-19 season.

Despite playing without starting center Udoka Azubuike, who went out with a high-ankle sprain midway through the first half, Kansas rolled to a 72-47 win over Wofford Tuesday night at Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks scored 43 points in the second half alone after clinging to a 29-26 advantage at the intermission.

KU used a 27-0 in the second half to move to 7-0 on the season.

Dedric Lawson led the way for the Jayhawks with 20 points. Freshman Devon Dotson added 16 points, while freshman Quentin Grimes chipped in 14 points in the win.

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

• The game turned when: The Jayhawks put together a decisive run early in the second half.

Between the 17:50 mark and the 14:53 mark, KU went on an 11-0 run via four unanswered buckets and a pair of free throws. Lawson started the stretch with a jumper, while Dotson buried a corner 3-pointer in transition.

Even Grimes got in on the action with a driving floater. KU went from being down 32-29 to holding a 40-32 advantage, which forced Wofford to call a timeout.

• Offensive highlight: Late in the game, Kansas started to pull away for good.

A pair of freshman guards closed linked up for an alley-oop in transition. Grimes pointed up for the ball and Dotson obliged. Dotson lobbed it up to Grimes, who finished off the layup with ease to extend KU’s lead to double digits.

None by Shane Jackson

• Defensive highlight: This section should just be reserved for freshman sensation Devon Dotson every game.

Dotson has shown his defensive prowess on a nightly basis, and demonstrated his superior speed when necessary. During the first half of Tuesday’s win over Wofford, Dotson managed to display both in a short sequence.

The Terriers got a long rebound and were looking to take advantage of the extra possession. Dotson ripped the ball away from the driving guard, and coasted to the other side of the court to finish things off with a basket.

None by Shane Jackson

• Up next: Kansas will take on New Mexico State at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Sprint Center.


Bryce Landon 4 years ago

I hope Udoka recovers quickly! When I saw the replay of his injury, I cringed because I thought he had broken his foot!

Mike Greer 4 years ago

Perhaps the strangest game I didn't see. Just following the game on Yahoo Sports getting line by line play and checking the box score. I had no idea who was and wasn't on the court. I couldn't figure out what happened to Dok, and what happened to Vick? What did happen to Vick?

Bryce Landon 4 years ago

He went scoreless, and got yanked midway the second half.

It's crazy, ain't it? If you had told me Vick would go scoreless and Udoka would be injured against a Wofford team that makes a lot of 3's, I'd say we were ripe for an upset. But that's not what happened. Without our two veterans, we turned a nailbiter into a runaway.

Mike Greer 4 years ago

Thanks Bryce, so without Dok and Vick, who was on the floor? D. Lawson, Dotson, Garret, Grimes, and ???

Bryce Landon 4 years ago

It alternated between K.J. Lawson and Charlie Moore.

John Strayer 4 years ago

I hate to say it but the defense really cranked it up a notch without Dok and Vick...the increased defensive pressure created rushed Wofford shots and lots of turn-overs which lead to run outs at KU's end. Really fun to see this team start running like that.

Steve Zimmerman 4 years ago

Congrats Jayhawk! Good win. But my take on the game: BOX-OUT!!

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