LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Freshman Kelly Oubre Jr. had 23 points and 10 rebounds, and Frank Mason added 14 points and nine assists to help No. 10 Kansas beat Lafayette 96-69 on Saturday.
Wayne Selden Jr. finished with 12 points, all in the second half for Kansas (9-1). Freshman Svi Mykhailiuk and Jamari Traylor each had 11 points, and freshman Cliff Alexander had 10.
Seth Hinrichs led Lafayette (7-3) with 15 points and seven rebounds.
Kansas played without freshman Devonte’ Graham because of a toe injury, and junior Perry Ellis was limited to seven minutes in the first half.
Kansas pulled away with a 10-0 run in the first half with the help of a couple 3s and a back-to-back dunks by Alexander and Oubre. Lafayette tried to regain some footing, but couldn’t manage to chip away at the deficit.
At the end of the first half, Mykhailuk hit three straight 3-pointers to extend Kansas’ lead to 17.
It was raining jumpers after intermission, but it wasn’t by Kansas. Senior Dan Trist had six straight points and the Leopards made eight shots in a row, cutting Kansas’ halftime lead in half.
Mason wasn’t about to let Lafayette pull a Utah and come back within striking distance — and neither was Traylor. The two combined for 11 points in Kansas’ 15-4 run. That run electrified Kansas and the Jayhawks ran with it and led by 34 before the bench was cleared.
Kansas: Junior Hunter Mickelson scored eight points, the most he’s scored since he played for Arkansas.
Lafayette: The Leopards are 0-3 against Big 12 opponents since coach Fran O’Hanlon took over in 1995.
Kansas visits Temple on Monday.
Lafayette hosts the New Jersey Institute of Technology on Dec. 28.
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