Vick scores 33 points as KU ral­lies to beat Louisiana

The Wichita Eagle (Sunday) - - Sports - BY GARY BEDORE

It’s safe to say Lager­ald Vick’s 32-point scor­ing out­burst against Ver­mont was no fluke.

Vick, Kansas’ 6-foot-5 se­nior shoot­ing sen­sa­tion from Mem­phis, fol­lowed Mon­day’s ca­reer-best per­for­mance with a 33point ex­plo­sion in the Jay­hawks’ 89-76 vic­tory over Louisiana on Fri­day night at Allen Field­house.

Vick, who hit 8 threes in 8 tries on Mon­day, was 7 of 12 from three on Fri­day.

Over­all, he hit 11 of 18 shots and 4 of 5 free throws en route to backto-back 30-point out­ings, a feat last at­tained at KU by Devonté Gra­ham against Toledo and Syra­cuse last sea­son.

Vick be­came the first player in KU his­tory to hit at least seven threes two games in a row.

“We’ve got the hottest player in Amer­ica right now in Lager­ald. He was un­be­liev­able again,” KU coach Bill Self said af­ter KU’s third win in as many tries. Louisiana fell to 1-2.

“He had nine re­bounds, played 40 min­utes. He’s play­ing at a level even Frank (Ma­son) and Devonté didn’t play at con­sis­tently right now,” Self added.

Vick scored 18 points the first half, help­ing the Jay­hawks turn a 32-20 deficit into a 44-41 half­time lead.

He had 15 points the fi­nal half in help­ing KU stretch a nar­row one-point lead (65-64 at 8:40) to 12 af­ter a 14-3 run in crunch time. The game was close in large part be­cause of Louisiana’s 12 threes in 36 tries; KU hit of 8 of 22.

“We’ve had Frank (Ma­son) have some un­be­liev­ably ef­fi­cient games, some back-to-back. Devonté had a cou­ple last year,” Self said, “but I don’t think we’ve ever had any­body have a week like this. ... He’s play­ing at a ridicu­lously high level now.”

Vick cred­ited his team­mates for his hot streak.

“They have been find­ing me for open shots,” Vick said. “I’m just re­ally go­ing out there hav­ing fun. It’s my last go-round. I’m leav­ing it all out there.”

Kansas will next play in the four-team NIT Tip Off hol­i­day tour­na­ment at Bar­clays Cen­ter in Brook­lyn. KU will meet Mar­quette (2-1) at ap­prox­i­mately 6:30 p.m. Wed­nes­day. Mar­quette, ranked No. 24 this week, will play Pres­by­te­rian Col­lege in a tuneup on Sat­ur­day in Wis­con­sin. No. 5 Ten­nessee (3-0) and un­ranked Louisville (2-0 en­ter­ing Fri­day game against Ver­mont) will be the other two teams in the Tip Off.

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