Vick silences Stanford upset bid; Kansas wins in OT
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.
“He was nonexistent for a while, but he was great down the stretch,” Kansas coach Bill Self said. “We needed every one of (his points).”
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 singlehandedly 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.
“That was an Allen Fieldhouse win,” Self said.
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 a matter of when.
“It was just really letting the game come to me. When it came, it came,” Vick said.
The tying play was actually designed to get the ball to Lawson, who was wide open at the top of the key. Naturally, though, Self didn’t mind Vick putting it up.
“When you look at our stats, and we make seven 3s as a team, I’ve got no problem with the guy that made all of them actually shooting it,” Self joked.
Lawson finished with 24 points and 15 rebounds, and Udoka Azubuike had 18 points and nine rebounds for the Jayhawks.
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 Jayhawk 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 a missed 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.
Kansas guard Lagerald Vick steals the ball from Stanford guard Daejon Davis during the first half Saturday in Lawrence, Kan.