Vick si­lences Stan­ford upset bid; Kansas wins in OT

The Tribune (SLO) (Sunday) - - Sports - 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.

“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.

ORLIN WAG­NER AP

Kansas guard Lager­ald Vick steals the ball from Stan­ford guard Dae­jon Davis dur­ing the first half Sat­ur­day in Lawrence, Kan.

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