University of Kansas

Jayhawk report (Feb. 23)

Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) celebrates after sinking a 3-point basket late in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Baylor on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, in Waco, Texas. Kansas won 66-60. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) celebrates after sinking a 3-point basket late in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Baylor on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, in Waco, Texas. Kansas won 66-60. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) AP

Tuesday’s box score

No. 2 KANSAS 66,

No. 19 BAYLOR 60

KANSAS

Min

FG-A

FT-A

Reb

A

PF

PT

Lucas

29

2-6

1-2

5-10

1

2

5

Ellis

36

4-8

6-6

0-2

3

2

15

Mason III

37

7-11

3-7

1-4

3

1

19

Selden Jr

29

3-7

0-0

4-6

3

2

6

Graham

38

3-7

2-2

0-2

7

0

11

Mykhailiuk

9

1-2

0-0

0-0

1

0

3

Diallo

2

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

1

0

Greene

7

1-2

0-0

0-0

0

1

3

Bragg Jr

1

0-1

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

Traylor

12

2-2

0-0

0-1

0

4

4

Totals

200

23-46

12-17

12-28

18

13

66

Percentages: FG .500, FT .706. 3-Point Goals: 8-19, .421 (Graham 3-7, Mason III 2-4, Greene 1-1, Ellis 1-2, Mykhailiuk 1-2, Selden Jr. 0-3). Team Rebounds: 3. Blocked Shots: 6 (Ellis 2, Lucas, Diallo, Graham, Traylor). Turnovers: 12 (Selden Jr. 3, Graham 2, Ellis 2, Traylor 2, Diallo, Lucas, Mason III). Steals: 6 (Lucas 2, Graham, Selden Jr., Traylor, Mason III). Technical Fouls: None.

BAYLOR

Min

FG-A

FT-A

Reb

A

PF

PT

Motley

34

3-10

2-2

4-6

2

3

8

Prince

33

4-13

3-4

2-3

1

2

12

Medford

38

3-7

0-0

0-2

8

2

7

Wainright

33

3-7

0-0

2-4

2

5

7

Freeman

34

5-11

3-3

1-3

1

0

17

Gathers

14

3-9

0-0

5-7

0

3

7

Lindsey

2

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

McClure

6

0-2

0-0

2-2

0

1

0

Maston

6

1-2

0-0

1-1

0

0

2

Totals

200

22-61

8-9

20-33

14

16

60

Percentages: FG .361, FT .889. 3-Point Goals: 8-20, .400 (Freeman 4-5, Gathers 1-1, Wainright 1-3, Medford 1-4, Prince 1-6, McClure 0-1). Team Rebounds: 5. Blocked Shots: 4 (Motley 2, Wainright, Prince). Turnovers: 10 (Medford 3, Prince 2, Freeman 2, Motley, Wainright, Gathers). Steals: 5 (Freeman 2, Medford, Wainright, Gathers). Technical Fouls: Bench.

Kansas

33

33

66

Baylor

36

24

60

A—8,259. Officials—Mark Whitehead, Steve Olson, Mike Stuart.

Second chance

Kansas coach Bill Self didn’t expect guard Wayne Selden and forward Landen Lucas to be his team’s two representatives at the postgame press conference after they labored in the opening 36 minutes of the Jayhawks’ 66-60 victory over No. 19 Baylor on Tuesday night at Ferrell Center.

“I got onto them hard at halftime — maybe too hard,” Self said. “They really struggled the first half.”

The two were better over the game’s final four minutes. Lucas provided a crucial offensive rebound and layup, while Selden had two offensive boards and four points to help KU pull away.

“Coach was challenging Wayne and I the whole time,” Lucas said. “The good thing is, even if the offense isn’t coming for either one of us, the one thing we can do is create extra possessions and play well defensively. I think we did that well towards the end of the game and gave our team a chance to win.”

KU also locked down defensively late. Baylor scored eight points in the final 7:06, with three of those coming on an irrelevant three-pointer by Al Freeman with 1 second left.

“The best thing we did tonight, and there wasn’t a ton,” Self said, “was we guarded the last eight minutes and we rebounded the last eight minutes.”

Self miffed

Self was steamed at Lucas after he allowed Baylor’s Rico Gathers to catch a full-court pass at the end of the first half before making his first career three-pointer.

“When the ball’s in the air, anybody can go get it. He just let him catch it and shoot it,” Self said. “Unbelievable to me. We were fortunate that didn’t end up coming back to bite us more than it did.”

Lucas picked up five rebounds in the game’s final five minutes.

“He made up for it late,” Self said with a smile.

Ellis’ eye improving

KU forward Perry Ellis reported his scratched right eye “felt good” in his first game since Selden scratched it late in KU’s 72-63 victory over K-State on Saturday.

“Each day, it’s getting better and better vision-wise,” Ellis said. “They said it heals real fast, so it should be good by the next couple days.”

Ellis, who scored 15 points, says his vision is still blurred a bit, said the eye “was great for the game. I didn’t have any problems with it.”

He also received 12 stitches in the back of his head during the second half of the K-State game when he made collided with teammate Carlton Bragg.

“I took a charge, then Carlton’s knee, I think I ran into his knee,” Ellis said, “and it kind of just split open.”

Jesse Newell

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