No. Kansas pull away in OT as Vick si­lences Stan­ford’s up­set bid

The Modesto Bee (Sunday) - - Scoreboard - BY JOR­DAN WOLF

Af­ter strug­gling to score in the first half, Lager­ald Vick came through in a big way to rally No. 2 Kansas to a big win over Stan­ford.

Vick hit the ty­ing 3pointer in the clos­ing sec­onds of reg­u­la­tion and had eight of his 27 points to start over­time and lead the Jay­hawks to a 90-84 vic­tory over Stan­ford on Satur­day night.

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 on Dedric Law­son. Kansas 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 7 sec­onds left.

Vick al­most sin­gle-hand­edly put the game out of reach in over­time, open­ing up the extra pe­riod with a 3 and fol­low­ing it up with a poster dunk that sent the crowd into a frenzy. He built on that the next time down, hit­ting his sev­enth 3 to make it an eight-point game and put it out of reach.

Vick, who had just two points in the first half, wasn’t wor­ried about whether he was go­ing to put it to­gether and play to the level he has all season. It was am­at­ter of when.

“It was just re­ally let­ting the game come to me. When it came, it came,” Vick said.

KZ Ok­pala had 22 points and eight re­bounds to lead Stan­ford. Davis added 19 points and eight boards, and Isaac White had 15 points on five 3s.

Car­di­nal coach and for­mer Jay­hawks star Jerod Haase was cer­tainly im­pressed by Vick’s per­for­mance, tip­ping his hat to the se­nior for­ward.

“He’s fan­tas­tic,” Haase said. “Made big-time plays. There’s only a few guys in the coun­try that can prob­a­bly do that.”

But even then, the shot only tied the game; it didn’t win it. The Car­di­nal had the ball with 7 sec­onds left, but couldn’t ex­e­cute as Davis hoisted amissed 3.

“The fact is we had quite a bit of time,” Haase said. “We didn’t work re­ally ef­fec­tive when we got the ball back.”

Davis was happy with how the pos­ses­sion played out, though.

“I al­ways want the ball in my hands in that sit­u­a­tion,” Davis said. “I felt like I had a good look, just didn’t go in.”

The Car­di­nal’s top-tier perime­ter de­fense sti­fled the Jay­hawks early, hold­ing them to 0 for 6 in the first half and not al­low­ing a 3 un­til 4 min­utes into the sec­ond half. But down the stretch, that all changed and erased their early suc­cess.

UP NEXT

Stan­ford has a two-week break to re­group be­fore host­ing East­ern Wash­ing­ton on Dec. 15.

Kansas re­turns Tues­day at home against Wof­ford, a po­ten­tial chance for that first blowout vic­tory.

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