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Lawson carries Kansas over Northeastern 87-53 in Midwest

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Kansas, with all its ups and downs this season, was a popular pick to be one of the NCAA Tournament's first big upsets.

As higher seeds like Auburn and Michigan had tense moments in their openers, the Jayhawks soared into the next round.

Dedric Lawson had 25 points and 11 rebounds, and Kansas dominated inside for an 87-54 rout over Northeastern Thursday in the Midwest Region

''I thought our guys were as locked in as they've been all year,'' Kansas coach Bill Self said.

The fourth-seeded Jayhawks (26-9) had a notable size advantage inside and used it, outscoring the Huskies 50-16 in the paint while grabbing 17 more rebounds.

Devon Dotson controlled the offense and scored 18 points, while Dedric's brother, K.J., chipped in 13 points.

Kansas shot 56 percent and advanced to Saturday's second round against fifth-seeded Auburn.

''We were settling for 3s early in the game,'' K.J. Lawson said. ''Once we settled in, everybody was in attack mode and had a great performance today.''

The best shot for the 13th-seeded Huskies (23-11) was to make their 3-point tries.

They didn't.

The Colonial Athletic Association champions went 6 for 28 from the arc after finishing the regular season 17th in Division I at 38.6 percent. Sharpshooter Vasa Pusica had a hard time getting separation from the Jayhawks' athletic guards, finishing with seven points on 2-of-11 shooting.

Jordan Roland had 12 points to lead the Huskies, who shot 28 percent overall.

''They took us out of our own identity,'' Northeastern coach Bill Coen said. ''If you were dialing up a blueprint for an upset, you have to have a great shooting night. Unfortunately, we didn't have that.''

The Jayhawks had a regular season like few others in their storied history.

Kansas made the NCAA Tournament. That was no shock. This was its 30th straight year in the bracket.

But the Jayhawks were a No. 4 seed when they're usually a 1 or 2.

Kansas played all season without Silvio De Souza after he was connected to the federal probe into college basketball corruption. Center Udoke Azubukie was lost for the season in January to a wrist injury. Senior guard Lagerald Vick left the team for personal reasons in February.

Self navigated the attrition the best he could, piecing together a lineup with four freshmen and a lineup no one could have predicted at the season's start.

The result: Kansas had its 14-year reign as Big 12 champions come to an end and was a trendy upset pick against the 3-shooting Huskies in the NCAA Tournament.

Kansas gave them little chance.

Northeastern was no match for Lawson inside and had a hard time stopping the Kansas guards off the dribble from the get-go. Lawson had 16 points by halftime and the Jayhawks led 37-25.

The Huskies also needed to make 3-pointers to keep Kansas in reach and didn't, going 5 for 17 in the first half.

The trend continued to start the second half. Lawson hit a 3, scored inside and Kansas used a 16-2 run to go up 53-32.

''We missed our first few shots and I don't know if we got flustered,'' Northeastern's Bolden Brace, who had seven points and nine rebounds. ''We kind of relied on the 3-point shot and when that kind of didn't work out, other parts of our game kind of fell apart a little bit.''

BIG PICTURE

Northeastern got over a hump by bouncing back from a big disappointment in last year's CAA tournament, but didn't have the size or athleticism to keep up with the Jayhawks.

Kansas did what it normally does as a high seed in the NCAA Tournament, stretching its opening-game winning streak to 13 games.

THE LAWSON MATCH-UP

Dedric Lawson was a preseason All-American and a matchup problem for teams all season.

Pack it in and he'll shoot outside. Leave him 1-on-1 in the post, he'll wear his defender out.

Northeastern, with one regular over 6-foot-8, certainly had no one who could contain him. Lawson made 9 of 16 shots, 3 of 5 from the 3-point arc and all four of his free throws.

''We didn't really have a matchup for him,'' Coen said. ''It was a very difficult matchup for us going in. We were hoping to do a better job on him.''

UP NEXT

Kansas faces No. 5 Auburn in Saturday's second round.

Northeastern's season is over.

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Key Players
V. Pusica
4 G
D. Lawson
1 F
32.7 Min. Per Game 32.7
19.1 Pts. Per Game 19.1
1.7 Ast. Per Game 1.7
10.3 Reb. Per Game 10.3
48.2 Field Goal % 49.1
39.9 Three Point % 38.4
83.7 Free Throw % 80.8
+ 3 Mitch Lightfoot made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Garrett Luinstra 17.0
  Defensive rebound by Mitch Lightfoot 46.0
  Donnell Gresham Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot 48.0
+ 3 Ochai Agbaji made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Garrett Luinstra 1:05
+ 1 Myles Franklin made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:18
+ 1 Myles Franklin made 1st of 2 free throws 1:18
  Personal foul on Garrett Luinstra 1:18
+ 1 Ochai Agbaji made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:23
+ 1 Ochai Agbaji made 1st of 2 free throws 1:23
  Shooting foul on Shawn Occeus 1:23
  Defensive rebound by Mitch Lightfoot 1:43
Team Stats
Points 53 87
Field Goals 16-57 (28.1%) 34-61 (55.7%)
3-Pointers 6-28 (21.4%) 8-22 (36.4%)
Free Throws 15-20 (75.0%) 11-12 (91.7%)
Total Rebounds 27 45
Offensive 7 9
Defensive 17 33
Team 3 3
Assists 7 12
Steals 8 6
Blocks 3 4
Turnovers 7 12
Fouls 12 19
Technicals 0 0
12 PTS, 1 REB, 1 AST
25 PTS, 11 REB
12T
away team logo 13 Northeastern 23-11 252853
home team logo 4 Kansas 26-9 375087
Team Stats
away team logo 13 Northeastern 23-11 75.4 PPG 33.6 RPG 14.1 APG
home team logo 4 Kansas 26-9 75.7 PPG 41 RPG 13.3 APG
Key Players
12
J. Roland G 14.6 PPG 2.4 RPG 1.7 APG 45.1 FG%
1
D. Lawson F 19.4 PPG 10.3 RPG 1.7 APG 49.0 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Roland G 12 PTS 1 REB 1 AST
D. Lawson F 25 PTS 11 REB 0 AST
28.1 FG% 55.7
21.4 3PT FG% 36.4
75.0 FT% 91.7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Roland 12 1 1 5/13 2/8 0/0 2 28 1 0 0 1 0
V. Pusica 7 1 1 2/13 2/6 1/2 1 32 2 1 1 0 1
D. Gresham Jr. 7 8 1 2/8 0/5 3/4 2 34 1 0 0 0 8
B. Brace 7 9 4 1/5 1/3 4/4 4 31 1 2 0 2 7
A. Green 5 2 0 1/2 0/0 3/6 0 20 2 0 2 1 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Roland 12 1 1 5/13 2/8 0/0 2 28 1 0 0 1 0
V. Pusica 7 1 1 2/13 2/6 1/2 1 32 2 1 1 0 1
D. Gresham Jr. 7 8 1 2/8 0/5 3/4 2 34 1 0 0 0 8
B. Brace 7 9 4 1/5 1/3 4/4 4 31 1 2 0 2 7
A. Green 5 2 0 1/2 0/0 3/6 0 20 2 0 2 1 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Occeus 6 2 0 2/6 0/3 2/2 2 22 1 0 3 2 0
J. Miller 4 1 0 2/3 0/1 0/0 0 7 0 0 1 1 0
T. Murphy 3 0 0 1/5 1/2 0/0 1 15 0 0 0 0 0
M. Franklin 2 0 0 0/1 0/0 2/2 0 6 0 0 0 0 0
J. Strong 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0
M. Boursiquot - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Eboigbodin - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Walters - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 53 24 7 16/57 6/28 15/20 12 200 8 3 7 7 17
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Lawson 25 11 0 9/16 3/5 4/4 2 27 1 1 1 3 8
D. Dotson 18 4 2 6/12 1/5 5/5 2 30 2 0 0 0 4
O. Agbaji 13 5 0 5/5 1/1 2/2 3 21 0 1 3 2 3
Q. Grimes 3 1 3 1/6 1/5 0/0 2 31 0 1 1 0 1
D. McCormack 0 5 2 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 11 0 0 1 2 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Lawson 25 11 0 9/16 3/5 4/4 2 27 1 1 1 3 8
D. Dotson 18 4 2 6/12 1/5 5/5 2 30 2 0 0 0 4
O. Agbaji 13 5 0 5/5 1/1 2/2 3 21 0 1 3 2 3
Q. Grimes 3 1 3 1/6 1/5 0/0 2 31 0 1 1 0 1
D. McCormack 0 5 2 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 11 0 0 1 2 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Lawson 13 3 2 6/10 1/3 0/1 2 23 0 0 1 0 3
M. Garrett 8 5 0 4/6 0/0 0/0 3 26 1 0 2 1 4
M. Lightfoot 5 7 0 2/2 1/1 0/0 1 13 1 1 1 1 6
C. Moore 2 1 1 1/4 0/2 0/0 2 16 1 0 2 0 1
C. Teahan 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
G. Luinstra 0 0 2 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
L. Vick - - - - - - - - - - - - -
U. Azubuike - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. De Sousa - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Elliott - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 87 42 12 34/61 8/22 11/12 19 200 6 4 12 9 33