GAMEDAY Mens Basketball

Kansas 89, Washburn 54

LAWRENCE, Kan. - Bryce Thompson scored 11 points to complement big nights from David McCormack, Ochai Agbaji and Jalen Wilson, helping the seventh-ranked Jayhawks cruise to an 89-54 victory over lower-division Washburn.

McCormack scored 17 points, Agbaji added 16 points and Wilson had 12 as the Jayhawks (3-1) shot 52.5% from the field.

Washburn (3-1), coached by former Jayhawks guard and Self assistant Brett Ballard, wasn't rattled in the first half. Levi Braun hit a trio of early 3-points, Jonny Clausing bulled his way to a couple easy baskets, and the Ichabods managed to hang within 27-22 at the under-8 timeout of the first half.

McCormack, a junior forward, was 5 of 6 from the field on his way to 13 first-half points, and Wilson drilled three 3s and had 12 points as Kansas used a late run to stretch its lead to 49-32 heading into the locker room.

Both teams were sloppy to start the second half, each errant pass resulting in coaching from the sideline that seemed to echo off the walls. But the Jayhawks eventually began to pull away with Agbaji starting a big run that pushed the lead to 61-34, allowing Self's bunch to cruise to their 48th consecutive home-opening win.

Braun and Tyler Geiman led the Ichabods with nine points apiece. Clausing finished with eight.


Associated Press

December 3, 2020