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Kansas 68, Harvard 54

By DAVID SMALE
AP Sports Writer

LAWRENCE, Kan. - Jalen Wilson scored 21 points and No. 4 Kansas overcame a frigid performance from 3-point range to beat Harvard 68-54.

The Jayhawks (11-1) went 4 for 20 from behind the arc, with no player besides Gradey Dick hitting one until Wilson made one with just over a minute remaining. Wilson scored 11 points in the final 6:24.

Kevin McCullar added 14 points and Dick had 11, going 3 for 7 behind the arc. KJ Adams had 10.

Chris Ledlum had 17 points for Harvard (8-5). Evan Nelson scored 10.

Kansas stretched the lead to 11 points early in the second half, but Harvard would not go away. The Crimson trailed by four points when Dajuan Harris stole an inbounds pass and fed it to Dick, who drained a 3-pointer.

The Crimson were 4 of 11 from behind the arc in the second half.

Wilson finally gave the Jayhawks a comfortable lead with a pair of buckets to extend the lead to 55-46. Then he blocked a dunk attempt by Ledlum.

Harvard hung with Kansas through most of the first half. The score was tied at 20-all at the final media timeout of the first half. The Jayhawks did not hit a 3-point field goal until 2:20 remained in the first half, missing their first nine tries.

Dick, the Jayhawks' second-leading scorer coming in with 15.8 points per game, didn’t score until hitting a pair of free throws at the 5:07 mark.

Neither team shot particularly well in the first half. Kansas raised their shooting percentage late to 44.8%. Harvard finished at 34.6%. At one stretch late in the half, each team missed eight out of nine shots.

Kansas concluded the half on a 16-3 run to take a 32-23 lead into the locker room. Harvard scored just six points in the final 10:13.

THE TAKEAWAY

Harvard: The Crimson were not intimidated by the raucous crowd at Allen Fieldhouse. Every time Kansas stretched the lead, Harvard responded.

Kansas: Kansas will go as far as Jalen Wilson goes. A starter but not the star on last season’s national championship team, he is the leader in every way.


Harvard
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
C. Ledlum F 36 6-18 3-4 2-9 2-9 2 0 0 5 3 17
J. Ajogbor F 27 4-8 0-5 0-0 3-4 1 4 1 0 1 8
L. Sakota G 34 1-4 2-3 1-4 0-2 1 0 0 4 1 5
E. Nelson G 30 4-7 0-0 2-5 0-1 4 0 0 1 2 10
S. Silverstein G 30 3-4 0-0 1-1 1-4 2 0 0 4 2 7
C. Okpara   13 2-5 0-2 0-0 0-2 2 0 0 0 1 4
D. Wojcik   9 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 1 1 1 0
T. Simon   7 1-4 0-0 1-2 1-2 0 0 1 0 0 3
I. Tretout   7 0-3 0-0 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. Hemmings   6 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 0 2 0
Totals   199 21-53
(.396)
5-14
(.357)
7-22
(.318)
8-29 12 4 3 16 13 54


Kansas
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
J. Wilson F 34 10-17 0-0 1-6 2-6 2 1 1 2 3 21
K. Adams Jr. F 31 5-8 0-0 0-0 3-7 1 2 4 1 3 10
G. Dick G 32 3-11 2-2 3-7 1-7 1 0 1 1 3 11
K. McCullar Jr. G 32 5-12 4-4 0-4 3-11 2 2 3 3 2 14
D. Harris Jr. G 31 2-6 0-0 0-2 0-1 4 0 1 2 2 4
B. Pettiford Jr.   15 2-2 0-0 0-0 0-2 4 0 0 1 0 4
M. Rice   10 1-1 2-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 0 2 4
Z. Clemence   5 0-1 0-0 0-0 1-3 0 1 0 0 0 0
J. Yesufu   5 0-1 0-0 0-1 0-1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Z. Ejiofor   3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0
E. Udeh Jr.   1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals   199 28-60
(.467)
8-8
(1.000)
4-20
(.200)
10-38 14 8 11 10 15 68
Officials: Kipp Kissinger, Antinio Petty, Chance Moore




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