The Washington Post Sunday

Vick, Jayhawks avenge Final Four loss to Wildcats



Lagerald Vick had never watched last season’s Final Four loss to Villanova before this week, when top-ranked Kansas had to endure every minute of it while prepping for Saturday’s game against the Wildcats in Lawrence, Kan.

“We watched it for like a week straight,” Vick said. “It was definitely hard.”

He’ll have better memories of the rematch.

Vick poured in 29 points Saturday, Dedric Lawson added 28 points and 12 rebounds, and both helped the Jayhawks make just enough free throws in the closing minutes to hold off the No. 17 Wildcats, 74-71, in a game that was nip-and-tuck almost the entire way.

Kansas (9-0) ended a threegame losing streak to Villanova — with the last two coming in the NCAA tournament. Still, the Wildcats (8-4) had chances in the final few minutes.

Collin Gillespie’s three-point play drew them within 69-65 with 31 seconds left, and Vick threw the ball away on the ensuing inbounds play. But Vick atoned for the mistake by pulling down a defensive rebound and then calmly made a pair of free throws at the other end.

Phil Booth’s deep, line-drive three-pointer got Villanova within 71-68, and after Lawson made the second of two foul shots for a 72-68 lead, Booth added another driving layup to trim the deficit to two.

Lawson added two more free throws to restore a 72-68 lead with 7.5 seconds left, and Gillespie was fouled at the other end. He made the first but was forced to miss the second on purpose; the ball squirted toward the Wildcats’ bench, where a scrum gave Kansas the ball with 0.4 seconds left.

Once the Jayhawks inbounded the ball, they finally had a longawaite­d win over the Wildcats.

TENNESSEE 102, MEMPHIS 92: Admiral Schofield scored 20 of his 29 points in the second half and added 11 rebounds as the No. 3 Volunteers (8-1) snapped a three-game skid to the in-state rival Tigers (5-5) with a victory on the road.

NORTH CAROLINA 103, GONZAGA 90: Cameron Johnson had 25 points and six threepoint­ers, and the No. 12 Tar Heels shot 55 percent to beat the No. 4 Bulldogs in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Luke Maye added 20 points and 16 rebounds for North Carolina (8-2), which led by 14 at halftime and never let Gonzaga (9-2) get closer than eight after the break.

The Tar Heels’ 42-21 rebounding advantage included 14 offensive boards that led to a 27-0 edge in second-chance points.

MICHIGAN 70, WESTERN MICHIGAN 62: Charles Matthews matched a season high with 25 points to lift the No. 5 Wolverines past the Broncos (5-5) in Ann Arbor, Mich. Michigan (11-0) is off to its best start since it was 16-0 six seasons ago.

NEVADA 72, SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 68: Jordan Caroline scored 21 points to help the No. 7 Wolf Pack (11-0) rally past the Jackrabbit­s (9-4) in Reno, Nev.

AUBURN 75, UAB 71 (OT): Jared Harper scored 23 of the Tigers’ last 30 points and finished with 31 to help No. 8 Auburn (9-1) outlast the Blazers (6-4) in the Mike Slive Invitation­al in Birmingham, Ala.

TEXAS TECH 82, ABILENE CHRISTIAN 48: Jarrett Culver scored a career-high 30 points as the No. 11 Red Raiders (10-0) rolled past the Wildcats (9-2) in the final game at Lubbock (Tex.) Municipal Coliseum.

BUFFALO 73, SOUTHERN ILLINOIS 65: Nick Perkins had 20 points and 11 rebounds, and the No. 14 Bulls (10-0) beat the Salukis (7-5) in Amherst, N.Y., to continue their best start since 1930-31, when they finished 15-0. They have won 17 straight home games dating from last season.

OHIO STATE 73, BUCKNELL 71: Kaleb Wesson had a career-high 20 points, and the No. 15 Buckeyes (9-1) held off a comeback bid by the Bison (4-4) in Columbus, Ohio.

MISSISSIPP­I STATE 70, CINCINNATI 59: Quinndary Weatherspo­on and Lamar Peters scored 14 points each to help the No. 18 Bulldogs (9-1) down the Bearcats (9-2) in Starkville, Miss.

KENTUCKY 88, UTAH 61: Freshman Keldon Johnson scored 24 points, including five threepoint­ers in the first half, and the No. 19 Wildcats (8-2) made a season-high 12 threes to beat the Utes (4-5) in Lexington, Ky.

ARIZONA STATE 76, GEORGIA 74: Remy Martin scored 21 points, Romello White added 16, and the No. 20 Sun Devils (8-1) rallied from an 18-point deficit to beat the Bulldogs (5-4) in Athens, Ga.

IOWA 77, NORTHERN IOWA 54: Tyler Cook had 17 points and 13 rebounds as the No. 22 Hawkeyes (8-2) handled the Panthers (4-6) in Iowa City.

FURMAN 93, UNC WILMINGTON 50: Clay Mounce tied his career high with 26 points and added 10 rebounds as the No. 23 Paladins ran past the Seahawks (4-7) in Greenville, S.C., moving to 12-0.

OLD DOMINION 68, SYRACUSE 62: B.J. Stith scored all 18 of his points in the second half, and the Monarchs (8-3) overcame an 11-point second-half deficit to stun the Orange (7-3), one of three teams tied at No. 25 in the rankings, in Syracuse, N.Y.

INDIANA 71, BUTLER 68: Rob Phinisee hit a deep, buzzerbeat­ing three-pointer and Juwan Morgan scored a career-high 35 points to give the No. 25 Hoosiers a victory over the Bulldogs (7-3) at the Crossroads Classic in Indianapol­is.

KANSAS STATE 71, GEORGIA STATE 59: Barry Brown’s 21 points helped push the No. 25 Wildcats (7-2) past the Panthers (7-4) in Manhattan, Kan.

 ?? ED ZURGA/GETTY IMAGES ?? Lagerald Vick, driving to the basket against Villanova’s Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree, scored 29 points as Kansas improved to 9-0.
ED ZURGA/GETTY IMAGES Lagerald Vick, driving to the basket against Villanova’s Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree, scored 29 points as Kansas improved to 9-0.

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