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Hot shooting leads No. 3 Kansas past Texas Southern, 114-71

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Kansas shot the ball from 3-point range better than it ever has in its illustrious history.

Once the Jayhawks found their rhythm from deep, their offense was virtually impossible to stop. Texas Southern coach Mike Davis was in awe.

''I've never seen a team pass the ball and shoot the basketball as well as they do,'' Davis said.

Svi Mykhailiuk scored 21 points, Udoka Azubuike added 20 and No. 3 Kansas cruised to a resounding 114-71 victory over Texas Southern on Tuesday night in the Jayhawks' first game of the Hoophall Miami Invitational.

They got after it early, as with just under 5 minutes remaining in the first half Lagerald Vick hit the team's seventh 3 of the half - a program record. A similar feat was achieved in the second half, when Devonte' Graham hit No. 17, the record for 3s in a game.

''It's super fun,'' Graham said. ''Being active, sharing the ball, it's contagious. Just making that extra pass, and when the ball's going through the hoop like that, it just feeds energy into us.''

Graham, Vick and Marcus Garrett all finished with a double-double for Kansas, as Vick posted 19 points and 10 rebounds, Graham had 17 points and 11 assists, and Garrett logged 13 points and 11 boards.

Texas Southern's Demontrae Jefferson led all scorers with 24 points. Donte Clark added 19 and had a game-high 14 rebounds as well.

Davis has seen plenty of high-powered offenses run by Bill Self, as the pair used to meet regularly when they coached at Illinois and Indiana, respectively. After watching a performance like this, he has no doubts over his former rival's future chances.

''I've been around for a long time,'' Davis said. ''If you play basketball like they play basketball, they'll be cutting the net down in April.''

BIG PICTURE

Kansas continues to thrive without freshman Billy Preston, who remains benched as the school investigates a single-car on-campus incident involving him earlier in the month. His absence has left Self with just two big men, but the lack of depth has yet to truly hurt the Jayhawks.

Texas Southern is still searching for its first win after facing a daunting schedule to start the season. Even though the Tigers have yet to find themselves in the win column, games against bigger schools like Kansas will continue to provide invaluable experience regardless of the score.

''It was a great opportunity for us,'' Davis said. ''We leave tomorrow to go play Clemson on Friday, and this game right here will get us ready for our next game.''

T'ED UP

Azubuike earned a technical foul midway through the first half when he hung on the rim following a thunderous dunk.

''He deserved it,'' Self said of the technical. ''I told the official - he said `I hate calling that,' I said `but you got to call it.' I mean, that's good for us ... he has a bad habit of doing that, and I was glad they called it because that may end up not costing us where we really need it, in a close game.''

SARCASTIC SELF

While Self agreed that the Jayhawks shot the ball about as well as they possibly could have, he wasn't overtly enthused by the record, as per usual.

''I couldn't be happier. I think we should celebrate for a week,'' Self said. ''My reaction is we made shots. That doesn't mean anything to me.''

MODEL FOR SUCCESS

''Love the way they play,'' Davis said of the Jayhawks. ''That's the way I want my team to play. When we get to January and play in our conference, that's the way we want to be playing basketball.''

UP NEXT

Kansas will continue Hoophall Miami Invitational play Friday night with another home game against Oakland, which has already dropped its first two games of the tournament.

Texas Southern will once again face an uphill battle for its first victory as it travels to Clemson on Friday.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Defensive rebound by Marcus Garrett 22.0
  Kevin Scott missed 3-pt. jump shot 24.0
+ 3 Marcus Garrett made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Clay Young 41.0
+ 2 Kevin Scott made jump shot 56.0
  Defensive rebound by Kevin Scott 1:03
  Mitch Lightfoot missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:05
  Defensive rebound by Marcus Garrett 1:14
  Kevin Scott missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:16
  Defensive rebound by Marquis Salmon 1:25
  Clay Young missed layup 1:27
  Defensive rebound by Chris Teahan 1:39
Team Stats
Points 71 114
Field Goals 26-71 (36.6%) 43-78 (55.1%)
3-Pointers 12-32 (37.5%) 19-36 (52.8%)
Free Throws 7-13 (53.8%) 9-13 (69.2%)
Total Rebounds 35 51
Offensive 14 16
Defensive 18 31
Team 3 4
Assists 12 27
Steals 5 6
Blocks 4 7
Turnovers 12 7
Fouls 13 13
Technicals 1 1
24 PTS, 1 REB, 3 AST
21 PTS, 2 REB, 1 AST
12T
away team logo Texas Southern 0-5 304171
home team logo 3 Kansas 4-0 6648114
Team Stats
away team logo Texas Southern 0-5 81.6 PPG 42.6 RPG 15.6 APG
home team logo 3 Kansas 4-0 75.7 PPG 41 RPG 13.3 APG
Key Players
00
D. Jefferson G PPG RPG APG FG%
00
S. Mykhailiuk G PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
D. Jefferson G 24 PTS 1 REB 3 AST
S. Mykhailiuk G 21 PTS 2 REB 1 AST
36.6 FG% 55.1
37.5 3PT FG% 52.8
53.8 FT% 69.2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Jefferson 24 1 3 9/22 6/13 0/0 0 40 2 0 4 0 1
T. Reed 19 14 0 7/9 0/0 5/7 1 33 1 4 0 8 6
K. Scott 17 3 4 6/16 4/9 1/2 4 34 0 0 2 1 2
D. Clark 6 2 0 2/11 1/4 1/3 3 31 0 0 2 1 1
R. Lewis 0 2 3 0/3 0/2 0/0 1 19 0 0 0 0 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Jefferson 24 1 3 9/22 6/13 0/0 0 40 2 0 4 0 1
T. Reed 19 14 0 7/9 0/0 5/7 1 33 1 4 0 8 6
K. Scott 17 3 4 6/16 4/9 1/2 4 34 0 0 2 1 2
D. Clark 6 2 0 2/11 1/4 1/3 3 31 0 0 2 1 1
R. Lewis 0 2 3 0/3 0/2 0/0 1 19 0 0 0 0 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Bruce 5 2 0 2/5 1/3 0/1 3 15 2 0 3 0 2
M. Salmon 0 6 0 0/4 0/0 0/0 1 12 0 0 1 4 2
B. Carey 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 5 0 0 0 0 1
C. McClelland 0 1 2 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 11 0 0 0 0 1
K. Granger Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Lumpkin - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Walker - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Perry - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 71 32 12 26/71 12/32 7/13 13 200 5 4 12 14 18
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Mykhailiuk 21 2 1 7/9 5/7 2/2 2 26 0 0 0 2 0
U. Azubuike 20 9 1 9/12 0/0 2/4 2 27 1 1 1 2 7
L. Vick 19 11 7 8/12 3/4 0/0 2 30 0 0 2 4 7
D. Graham 17 6 11 6/16 3/8 2/2 1 30 4 0 1 2 4
M. Newman 12 4 3 4/9 4/6 0/0 2 27 1 0 2 1 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Mykhailiuk 21 2 1 7/9 5/7 2/2 2 26 0 0 0 2 0
U. Azubuike 20 9 1 9/12 0/0 2/4 2 27 1 1 1 2 7
L. Vick 19 11 7 8/12 3/4 0/0 2 30 0 0 2 4 7
D. Graham 17 6 11 6/16 3/8 2/2 1 30 4 0 1 2 4
M. Newman 12 4 3 4/9 4/6 0/0 2 27 1 0 2 1 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Garrett 13 11 3 4/8 3/5 2/3 0 26 0 2 0 3 8
M. Lightfoot 10 3 0 4/7 1/3 1/2 3 23 0 4 1 2 1
C. Young 2 0 1 1/3 0/1 0/0 0 7 0 0 0 0 0
C. Teahan 0 1 0 0/2 0/2 0/0 1 4 0 0 0 0 1
B. Preston - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 114 47 27 43/78 19/36 9/13 13 200 6 7 7 16 31