LAWRENCE, Kan. – Regardless of a profession-excessive 28 factors from junior guard Lagerald Vick, No. 2 Kansas fell to the Washington Huskies, seventy four-sixty five, Wednesday night time at Dash Middle. The Jayhawks, who entered the sport ranked eighth within the nation in three-level subject objective proportion, related on simply 21 % of their tries from past the arc in what resulted of their first lack of the younger season.
KU dropped to 7-1 in 2017-18, whereas Washington moved to 7-2.
After trailing by eight factors lower than 5 minutes into the second half, Kansas put collectively a ten-three run to tug inside fifty three-fifty two on a Udoka Azubuike alley-oop dunk with 9:forty five remaining in regulation. Nevertheless, that’s as shut because the Jayhawks would get with after the pesky Husky squad responding with a thirteen-2 run to get their lead into double digits and sufficient cushion to salt away its first victory over a prime-10 ranked opponent since 2010.
The Jayhawks intentions have been clear from the tip as they dominated within the paint within the early minutes, an indication of issues to return for the rest of the sport. Forty-4 of Kansas’ sixty four factors got here from contained in the paint. KU’s first 10 subject objectives got here from inside 10 ft of the rim, 4 of which have been off the palms of Vick. His eight factors inside the first ten minutes had KU degree with the guests at 18-18 with the Huskies sticking tight with the Jayhawks early.
UW additionally had a pair of gamers who boasted scorching palms within the first half. Heroics from Jaylen Nowell and Matisse Thybulle, who mixed for 19 of their groups 36 first-half factors helped the Washington to a two-level lead on the intermission, 36-34. It was the primary time this season the Jayhawks discovered themselves trailing at halftime.
Thybulle continued his scorching capturing early within the second body, scoring 5 factors within the first 5 minutes out of the lockerroom and pushing his squad’s benefit to forty six-forty simply over three minutes into the half. Nahziah Carter’s layup on the 15:forty two mark handed the Huskies their largest result in that time of the sport at 50-forty two, nonetheless with over 15:00 to play.
The Jayhawks made issues fascinating with a fast run to chop the UW result in one level. Vick’s jumper on the thirteen:07 mark sparked a ten-three KU run to tug his group inside a possession of Washington at fifty three-fifty two and forcing UW head coach Mike Hopkins to name a timeout to attempt to halt the KU cost.
The Huskies responded to the stoppage and got here out of the timeout with a 7-zero run of their very own to push the lead again to eight at 60-fifty two with slightly below eight minutes remaining in regulation. Washington didn’t flip again from there and obtained its lead out to double digits with beneath 5 minutes to play within the recreation and closed out a seventy four-sixty five upset win over the Jayhawks.
Vick’s profession-excessive 28 factors led all scorers whereas Azubuike was the one different Jayhawk in double figures. The sophomore middle tallied 10 factors and introduced down a staff excessive 9 rebounds.