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No. 3 KU with 7 in double figures in 102-59 rout of Oakland

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Udoka Azubuike was 10 of 16 from the field and his shooting percentage took a nosedive.

That happens when you spend most of your time dunking.

Oh, the Kansas big man still had plenty of dunks Friday night. But he also tried a few nifty hooks, drove to the basket a couple times and finished with a career-high 21 points and 10 rebounds, leading the third-ranked Jayhawks to a 102-59 rout of overmatched Oakland.

But after entering the game shooting a nation-leading 84.8 percent, now it’s a mere 77.6.

”He did fine,” Jayhawks coach Bill Self said. ”He didn’t shoot the ball quite as well because I thought a few of the shots he took were outside his range, but I thought he played pretty strong.”

Azubuike had plenty of help.

Lagerald Vick had 15 points and seven rebounds, and Devonte Graham had 14 points and seven assists, as the Jayhawks (5-0) won their 24th straight non-conference home game without breaking a sweat.

Well, there was sweat.

The Jayhawks are still playing just seven scholarship players, a big reason why just about every regular logged big minutes and scored a lot of points.

Malik Newman also scored 15 points, Svi Mykhailiuk had 14 and Mitch Lightfoot had a career-best 11 points with eight rebounds. Freshman forward Marcus Garrett added 10 points.

”Hopefully we can get some pieces back, then it won’t be like that much longer,” Self said. ”I do think we got six or seven guys, if they’re playing well they can all get double figures very easily.”

Kendrick Nunn scored 23 points for the Golden Grizzlies (2-3), who welcomed back three-time All-Horizon League forward Jalen Hayes from a four-game suspension. He finished with 14 points.

Azubuike set the tone with a dunk off an alley-oop pass on the game’s first possession, then two more dunks in the next couple of minutes. But the rest of the Jayhawks were quick to join the party, Mykhailiuk doing it from beyond the arc and everybody else going right to the basket.

”The big fella, a bad lob is a good lob with him,” Newman said of the 7-foot Azubuike. ”He’s always an outlet when we’re in trouble, just throw it up to the rim and he can go get it.”

Vick’s 3-pointer pushed the lead to 24-8. Lightfoot’s 3-ponter made it 36-14. And by the time Newman ripped away a steal and went coast-to-coast for a basket, the Jayhawks had a 55-26 halftime lead.

Even so, the hard-to-please Self wasn’t totally satisfied.

He benched Azubuike after picking up a silly foul 90 feet from the basket. He got on Newman for his failure to help out on defense. He yelled at Graham for not being authoritative going to the hole.

If only Oakland counterpart Greg Kampe had such problems.

He looked at times exasperated and depressed sitting on the Golden Grizzlies’ bench, especially as the Jayhawks slammed down one alley-oop pass after another. Kampe tried getting on the officials at one point, but in a game that spiraled out of control quickly, it was mostly a wasted effort.

”We do this a lot. We play games like this a lot,” Kampe said, ”and the results of today usually don’t happen to us. To have a veteran, senior-laden team, to have Jalen back and to have that happen was very discouraging to me. Our execution was really, really bad.”

Kampe was so disgusted that he used all his timeouts early in the second half.

”I probably wasn’t going to need them in overtime,” he said. ”I wanted to use the timeouts as teaching moments. I wish I had six more. I almost took another one and took the technical.”

CENTURY WATCH

The only question down the stretch was whether Kansas would hit the 100-point mark for the second straight game. The Jayhawks hit it on Garrett’s layup with 52 seconds to go.

BIG PICTURE

Oakland isn’t done facing talented opponents with a game against No. 4 Michigan State looming in a couple weeks. But their rough road to the Horizon League is certain to help once conference play begins.

Kansas has put up big points despite playing a shortened lineup, though help is on the way. Arizona State transfer Sam Cunliffe becomes eligible in a couple weeks, and the Jayhawks still hope the financial situation involving freshman Billy Preston’s car is resolved soon so that he can play.

UP NEXT

Oakland heads south to face Oral Roberts on Monday night in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Kansas wraps up a four-game home stand Tuesday night against Toledo.

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Wilkins career-best 19 helps Virginia win Preseason NIT

NEW YORK (AP) — Isaiah Wilkins is the step-son of NBA Hall of Famer Dominque Wilkins, who earned the nickname of the ”Human Highlight Film” for his arsenal of high-flying dunks during the 1980s.

Isaiah Wilkins did not rise above the defenders to get the dunks his stepfather once electrified crowds with but created plenty of other highlights.

Wilkins scored a career-high 19 points as Virginia pulled away in the second half and beat Rhode Island 70-55 Friday night to win the Preseason NIT.

”On the scouting report, I saw they were a little bit smaller than I was,” Wilkins said. ”I just wanted to take full advantage of that.”

The 6-foot-7 senior made 7 of 9 shots in 23 minutes and was named MVP of the tournament. Wilkins came into the game as the Cavaliers’ (6-0) fifth-leading scorer at 6.8 points but surpassed his previous career best of 15 points set February 1 against Virginia Tech.

”He brings so much,” Virginia coach Tony Bennett said. ”His stat line usually doesn’t show it. It showed it today. He’s usually making a huge impact.”

Wilkins impacted things by capitalizing on a mismatch as Rhode Island started four guards – all listed at 6-foot-3 or shorter. Wilkins hit four jumpers, converted a tip-in and a pair of layups.

Wilkins also made 5 of 6 free throws and grabbed six rebounds as Virginia held a 33-22 rebounding margin.

”It was big time, it was huge,” said Virginia guard Devon Hall, who added 18 points. ”We were trying to get it into him early. I don’t know if he scored our first bucket or not but we tried to get it to him early so he could take advantage of it.”

Wilkins put the emphatic finish on the win with a 3-point play with 69 seconds left and a block on Jeff Dowtin with 13 seconds remaining.

”We knew they was a little undersized,” Virginia reserve guard Nigel Johnson said. ”Isaiah had a mismatch the whole game.”

The highlights Wilkins provided occurred on a night when leading scorer Kyle Guy struggled to get into a flow. He finished with five points on 2-of-8 shooting and also committed four turnovers.

Rhode Island (3-2) was unable to follow up its rousing Thursday win over Seton Hall. Andre Berry led the Rams with 12 points while Jarvis Garrett and Jared Terrell added 11 apiece.

Terrell was unable to follow up his 32-point night against Seton Hall and shot just 4 of 11, including 2 of 7 after halftime when Rhode Island was outscored 40-28.

”We came here to win the championship,” Rhode Island Danny Hurley said. ”In our minds, we failed that way, but (we feel good) about yesterday’s win and hopefully we will learn from tonight’s experience of playing against a high-level team.”

Virginia appeared headed for a double-digit lead at times in the first half but settled for a 30-27 halftime lead. The Cavaliers held the Rams without a basket for over 3-1/2 minutes and held a 28-19 edge on a basket by Jack Salt with 2:34 left.

Rhode Island finished the half with an 8-2 run capped by an open corner 3 from Garrett with 30 seconds left that forced Virginia to use a 30-second timeout.

Virginia began the second half sluggishly, falling behind in the opening minutes but Hall snapped a 35-35 tie with a 3-pointer at the 15:35 mark and a little over four minutes later, the Cavaliers held a 47-37 lead on open corner 3 by Guy.

The Cavaliers never led by less than eight points the rest of the way and held a double-digit edge over the final 7:25.

BIG PICTURE:

Rhode Island: It was a difficult night for leading scorer Jared Terrell, who came into the game averaging 21.8 points per game on 52.6 percent shooting. He never hit his stride like he did Thursday with a 32-point showing against No. 20 Seton Hall. Terrell reached double digits for the fourth straight game but his final line was similar to his six-point night against UNC-Ashville on Nov. 10. At one point, things became so frustrating for Terrell he showed his disappointment by getting called for a technical foul with 9:27 left in the second half by yelling ”Come on!”

Terrell’s quiet night was magnified by the fact that Rhode Island was missing Cyril Langevine (groin) and E.J. Matthews (broken wrist.)

Virginia: Virginia’s 93 points in this week’s poll made it the last team out of the top 25 but that may change Monday, especially if No. 25 Alabama loses to No. 14 Minnesota. Regardless of how much consideration they get, the Cavaliers appear to have another stout defense. The Cavaliers have never ranked lower than 54th defensively in 10 seasons under coach Tony Bennett and are allowing 52.3 points per game.

UP NEXT:

Rhode Island: Hosts Brown on Tuesday.

Virginia: Hosts Wisconsin on Monday.