Vick scores 33 points as KU rallies to beat Louisiana
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.