No. 2 Kan­sas es­capes with over­time win

Lexington Herald-Leader (Sunday) - - Sports - — AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Lager­ald Vick hit the ty­ing 3-pointer in the clos­ing sec­onds of reg­u­la­tion, and then had eight of his 27 points in over­time to lead No. 2 Kan­sas to a 90-84 win over Stan­ford on Sat­ur­day in Lawrence, Kan.

Dae­jon Davis hit two free throws with 13.3 sec­onds left to push Stan­ford’s lead to 75-72 af­ter driv­ing in and draw­ing a foul by Dedric Law­son.

Kan­sas (6-0) then ran its “chop” play – the same one it ran when Mario Chalmers sent the 2008 na­tional cham­pi­onship into over­time – and Devon Dot­son found

Vick for the ty­ing 3 with just 7 sec­onds left.

Vick then opened over­time with an­other 3, and fol­lowed it with a poster dunk that set the Allen Field­house crowd into a frenzy.

He kept it go­ing the next time down, hit­ting his sev­enth 3 to make it an eight-point game and put it out of reach.

No. 1 Gon­zaga 103, Creighton 92: Zach Norvell Jr. scored 23 of his ca­reer-high 28 points in the se­cond half, and the Bull­dogs (8-0) wiped out an early 11-point deficit to beat the Blue­jays (6-2) in a matchup of two of the na­tion’s top of­fen­sive teams in Omaha, Neb. No. 1 in the na­tion in of­fen­sive re­bound per­cent­age, in fact. Reid Travis, he of the 22 points and 12 re­bounds Sat­ur­day, is a smart se­nior around the hoop. Tyler Herro can make shots. Cal loved the way Kel­don John­son fought Sat­ur­day. PJ Wash­ing­ton can play bet­ter. And EJ Mont­gomery needs bet­ter game con­di­tion­ing.

There are so many things we don’t know, how­ever. That Cali­pari doesn’t know. So many plays he hasn’t in­stalled; so many de­fen­sive fun­da­men­tals he hasn’t taught; so many of the finer points of ball han­dling and pass­ing he has yet to get across.

“We still turn it over too much,” he said Sat­ur­day.

There’s a fix for that, of course. Over the re­main­der of De­cem­ber, he can work on that fix. Be pre­pared. A Camp Cal pre­view is com­ing a lit­tle early.

“I’ve got to get less into re­sult and more into the process,” Cali­pari said Sat­ur­day. “And I’ve got to stay the course.”

Hey, Ken­tucky bas­ket­ball Wild­cats, time to get up close and per­sonal with the process. The process of prac­tice.

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