GAMEDAY Mens Basketball

Kansas 95, Omaha 50

LAWRENCE, Kan. - Ochai Agbaji scored 18 points to lead four players in double figures, helping fifth-ranked Kansas roll to a 95-50 win over Omaha.

Mitch Lightfoot had a career-best 14 points, David McCormack had 11 points and 11 rebounds, and Tyon Grant-Foster added 13 points off the bench as the Jayhawks (6-1) cruised to their 12th consecutive win at Allen Fieldhouse.

They largely cruised from the opening minute, unlike their last time out, when coach Bill Self's crew needed Creighton's best player to miss a free throw in the final seconds to avoid going to overtime with the No. 8 Bluejays.

Wanjang Tut scored 14 points and Jadin Booth had 11 to lead the Mavericks (2-5). Leading scorer Matt Pile was held to six points on 2-for-7 shooting while dealing with foul trouble for much of the game.

The Jayhawks opened it with 5 spectacular minutes, knocking down 3-pointers and getting easy buckets at the rim while forcing Omaha to miss its first nine shots. By the time they substituted at the under-16 media timeout, the five starters led by Agbaji and Jalen Wilson had given Kansas a 17-0 lead.

Five miserable minutes followed in which the Jayhawks went 1 for 8 from the floor, turned the ball over on three straight possessions and allowed the Mavericks to turn their massive deficit into a 10-point game.

Back came the starters and back came the blowout. The Jayhawks ran off another 10 consecutive points, and this time they didn't stop when the backups checked back into the game. Lightfoot established a new career high when his 3-pointer in the closing seconds gave Kansas a 45-22 advantage heading into the locker room.

The lead soon stretched 69-34 midway through the second half before the Jayhawks began to substitute liberally.


December 11, 2020