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