Another day, same result.
Kansas won another basketball game, even if it wasn’t always the prettiest performance.
Just like it had done a number of times through the first nine outings, No. 1 KU (10-0) overcame another sluggish first half to ultimately secure an 89-53 victory over South Dakota in Allen Fieldhouse Tuesday night.
The Jayhawks, who used a 30-7 run to finish off the Coyotes, now have just two games left on their schedule in 2018, including their first true road test at Arizona State on Saturday.
Charlie Moore led the way for Kansas, scoring 18 points on a 6-for-9 effort from downtown. Moore was also credited with four assists, including an alley-oop to senior Lagerald Vick during a decisive run in the second half.
Dedric Lawson added 16 points and 14 rebounds, which marked his sixth double-double in the last seven games. It ended his six-game streak of 20-point performances, however, as he went 7-of-11 from the floor.
View a gallery of images from Tuesday night's game between the Jayhawks and Coyotes at Allen Fieldhouse.
With the win, KU has now won 10 consecutive games for the first time since the 2016-17 season when Kansas won 18 straight from Nov. 15, 2016 to Jan. 12, 2017.
Here’s a quick look back at some of the action:
• The game turned when: KU produced a 13-0 run in the second half to remove any doubt about the outcome.
Charlie Moore banged a triple during the stretch, which brought fans to their feet. Yet, the best play by Moore came on a bucket from someone else. Shortly after his 3-pointer, Moore had the ball in transition.
Moore appeared to be coasting to a contested layup before he dished the ball back to Dedric Lawson for the easy bucket.
• Offensive highlight: It was all Kansas in the early going, and South Dakota simply didn’t have an answer.
The Jayhawks scored the first nine points of the contest, jumping out to a 9-0 lead within the first five minutes. But a sequence by freshman point guard Devon Dotson exemplified KU’s early dominance over an inferior opponent.
Dotson sprinted down the court in transition before electing to dribble the ball out. After a brief hesitation, Dotson quickly dashed through the opposition to net a layup.
• Defensive highlight: KU’s defense was stifling during much of the first half.
A number of players were responsible for the team’s strong defensive showing, as Kansas held South Dakota to 0.71 points per possession in the first half. Just the day before the game, head coach Bill Self credited Marcus Garrett for the strong defense, which had actually been on display the last few weeks.
But Mitch Lightfoot was credited with the best defensive play of the night, as he recorded a block from behind on a layup attempt via the Coyotes.
• Up next: Kansas travels to Arizona State at 8 p.m. Saturday.