Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Quick recap: No. 1 Kansas pushes past South Dakota with 89-53 win

Kansas guard Lagerald Vick (24) gets a hand on South Dakota forward Trey Burch-Manning (12) during the first half, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Lagerald Vick (24) gets a hand on South Dakota forward Trey Burch-Manning (12) during the first half, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse.


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.

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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.

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.

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• 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.

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• 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.

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• Up next: Kansas travels to Arizona State at 8 p.m. Saturday.


Daniel Parker 3 years, 11 months ago

Another solid half of basketball...mixed in with some horrible playground type one man game stretches. Hopefully Coach Self can convince the NCAA to reduce the tournament to 1, 20 minute session...otherwise, this could go sideways.

Dane Pratt 3 years, 11 months ago

I don’t want to over analyze this game, it was after all South Dakota so I can’t fault this team for not taking it too seriously. But yes Daniel it did seem to resemble playground bball for a good part of the game and it seems like every time the camera was looking at Bill he was not happy. In the final analysis this is just one more W on their resume. Okay, I think I’ve over analyzed so I will stop talking now.

Bryce Landon 3 years, 11 months ago

Correction, Shane, we do not have two non-conference games left; we have three. ASU, EMU, and UK in late January.

Was this game hard to watch at times? Yes. But I thought Charlie Moore and David McCormack did some serious growing up tonight. Self was all over Charlie's ass early on, and he responded positively by bombing away from 3. And McCormack looked discombobulated at first but went into Beast Mode later on, especially with that epic rejection midway through the second half and the Azubuike-esque slam dunk a little later on.

Dirk Medema 3 years, 11 months ago

Bryce - It now says 2 games in 2018. That's accurate. Did you misread or maybe there was a correction.

Bryce Landon 3 years, 11 months ago

It looks like it was corrected; the original version said two non-conference games left on the schedule.

Corey Sparks 3 years, 11 months ago

2 games left in 2018...3 left in the non conference. It wasn't a mistake

Corey Sparks 3 years, 11 months ago

2 games left in 2018 is a true statement....the rest of our schedule is in 2019. Try again grammar Nazis, try again

Steve Zimmerman 3 years, 11 months ago

Good to see different players contributing to score. But 10 pts in 10 minutes is really hard to watch. Good progress nevertheless.

Corey Sparks 3 years, 11 months ago

Does anyone else have problems with lag on this site when using their mobile phone? Every other site I go to works fine, but Everytime I'm on this site my phone lags like crazy

Craig Carson 3 years, 11 months ago

In the 2nd half KU looked like the team they should have been all year..seems they haven't had a game this season where the last 5 minutes were irrelevant

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