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Udoka Azubuike gets 7 dunks, No. 14 Kansas tops Stanford

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Frank Mason III is mere months removed from his sensational Kansas career, and this time he sat courtside in his new arena as an NBA rookie ready to watch as a fan and offer some thoughts and encouragement to his old Jayhawks teammates who remain dear friends.

Mason provided a simple postgame message: Keep winning. Be aggressive on both ends of the floor.

''It's Frank,'' Devonte' Graham said, ''we're in his building.''

Udoka Azubuike certainly took charge on offense, scoring his team's initial 10 points and dunking seven times on the way to 24 points as No. 14 Kansas ran away from Stanford early for a 75-54 victory Thursday night.

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk and Graham each added 14 points as the Jayhawks won their third straight game following defeats to Stanford's Pac-12 foes Washington and Arizona State.

Playing at the NBA Kings second-year Golden 1 Center with several Sacramento players sitting courtside, Kansas (10-2) had eight dunks and six 3-pointers in the first half alone while shooting 62.5 percent. Both programs wrapped up nonconference play with the second matchup of a four-game series between the schools.

Michael Humphrey had 20 points and seven rebounds for the cold-shooting Cardinal (6-7) as Stanford coach Jerod Haase faced his former school where he starred from 1995-97 under then-Kansas coach Roy Williams.

Azubuike upped his season dunk total to 49, shot 12 for 15 and came into the game ranked second in NCAA Division I field-goal shooting percentage at 77.6 - and raised that to 77.9. He is 88 of 113 over his initial 12 games.

The 7-foot center dunked off the opening tip for his 43rd of the season and quickly slammed home another as he led Stanford all by himself, 10-8, to begin the game. The other Kansas players then got involved and the Jayhawks used a 21-4 run to build a 31-15 advantage - shooting 13 for 18 for 72.2 percent.

Mason, last season's AP National Player of the Year and now shining with the Kings, was courtside along with some of his Sacramento teammates like Buddy Hield.

And Kansas drew quite a crowd to California's capital city, where fans cheered ''Let's go, Jayhawks!''

''I couldn't believe it. It's the nicest building I've ever been in. I've never been in a building nicer than this,'' Kansas coach Bill Self said. ''... It was a home game for us, it kind of felt like a home game.''

Jayhawks leading scorer Lagerald Vick, averaging 17.5 points per game coming into the night, contributed 13 points while playing with foul trouble.

The Jayhawks are 10-3 in the series but had lost two of the last three, winning 89-74 last Dec. 3 at Allen Fieldhouse. Stanford beat Kansas in the 2014 NCAA Tournament to reach the Sweet Sixteen.

The Cardinal weren't bothered by the pro-Kansas crowd.

''We want to play in arenas like this,'' Reid Travis said. ''That gave us energy coming into the game I just wish we could have sustained it a little more.''

TRAVIS STRUGGLES

Travis, Stanford's leading scorer, dealt with foul trouble and was held to a season-low 12 points after coming in with a 22.2 scoring average as Stanford shot 34.4 percent.

''I was a little disappointed in myself not having more success finding guys and still attacking that pressure,'' Travis said. ''We're disappointed. We feel like we had a great game plan in place.''

OKPALA RETURNS

Stanford freshman forward Kezie Okpala was cleared to play for the first time after he made academic progress in the first quarter. Initially, he hadn't met Stanford's requirements out of high school and wasn't allowed to play because his grade from advanced placement calculus didn't meet the Stanford threshold.

He hit a 3-pointer during his second time on the court and finished with six points in 28 minutes.

BIG PICTURE

Kansas: Graham (1,276) passed Haase (1,264) for 33rd place on Kansas' career scoring list. The Jayhawks improved to 10-2 - or better - for the third straight year and posted at least 10 nonconference victories for the fourth consecutive season and 13th time in Self's 15 seasons at the university. ... Kansas is 3-0 at neutral sites and 4-1 away from Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks played in their third NBA venue already this season.

Stanford: The Cardinal, who faced their third ranked opponent this season, dropped to 0-11 against AP Top-25 teams during Haase's two seasons. Stanford hasn't beaten a ranked opponent since topping No. 11 Oregon on Feb. 13, 2016, at Maples Pavilion.

UP NEXT

Kansas: Opens Big 12 season at Texas on Dec. 29.

Stanford: Hosts rival California on Dec. 30 to open Pac-12 competition.

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Key Players
D. Graham
4 G
R. Travis
22 F
33.7 Min. Per Game 33.7
21.8 Pts. Per Game 21.8
1.6 Ast. Per Game 1.6
7.0 Reb. Per Game 7.0
44.8 Field Goal % 52.7
44.7 Three Point % 28.0
86.8 Free Throw % 69.1
  Shot clock violation turnover on Kansas 5.0
  Defensive rebound by Lagerald Vick 25.0
  Michael Humphrey missed 3-pt. jump shot 27.0
+ 2 Udoka Azubuike made dunk 45.0
+ 2 Kezie Okpala made dunk 55.0
  Bad pass turnover on Sam Cunliffe, stolen by Kezie Okpala 58.0
  Defensive rebound by Devonte' Graham 1:30
  Reid Travis missed jump shot 1:32
+ 2 Udoka Azubuike made dunk, assist by Sam Cunliffe 1:50
+ 1 Reid Travis made 2nd of 2 free throws 2:07
  Reid Travis missed 1st of 2 free throws 2:07
Team Stats
Points 75 54
Field Goals 32-61 (52.5%) 21-61 (34.4%)
3-Pointers 6-18 (33.3%) 6-20 (30.0%)
Free Throws 5-10 (50.0%) 6-11 (54.5%)
Total Rebounds 37 39
Offensive 8 12
Defensive 25 23
Team 4 4
Assists 15 11
Steals 8 5
Blocks 4 3
Turnovers 10 14
Fouls 18 14
Technicals 0 1
24 PTS, 7 REB, 1 AST
20 PTS, 7 REB
12T
away team logo 14 Kansas 10-2 472875
home team logo Stanford 6-7 292554
Team Stats
away team logo 14 Kansas 10-2 75.7 PPG 41 RPG 13.3 APG
home team logo Stanford 6-7 72.7 PPG 40.2 RPG 12.6 APG
Key Players
35
U. Azubuike C 13.4 PPG 6.8 RPG 0.6 APG 70.5 FG%
00
M. Humphrey F PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
U. Azubuike C 24 PTS 7 REB 1 AST
M. Humphrey F 20 PTS 7 REB 0 AST
52.5 FG% 34.4
33.3 3PT FG% 30.0
50.0 FT% 54.5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
U. Azubuike 24 7 1 12/15 0/0 0/2 3 26 0 2 2 4 3
D. Graham 14 3 6 4/12 3/6 3/4 1 36 2 0 2 0 3
S. Mykhailiuk 14 7 2 7/16 0/5 0/0 0 37 1 1 1 1 6
L. Vick 13 4 2 5/7 2/2 1/1 4 24 1 0 0 0 4
M. Newman 7 7 2 3/7 1/3 0/0 1 32 1 0 0 1 6
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
U. Azubuike 24 7 1 12/15 0/0 0/2 3 26 0 2 2 4 3
D. Graham 14 3 6 4/12 3/6 3/4 1 36 2 0 2 0 3
S. Mykhailiuk 14 7 2 7/16 0/5 0/0 0 37 1 1 1 1 6
L. Vick 13 4 2 5/7 2/2 1/1 4 24 1 0 0 0 4
M. Newman 7 7 2 3/7 1/3 0/0 1 32 1 0 0 1 6
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Cunliffe 2 1 1 1/2 0/0 0/0 2 9 0 0 1 0 1
M. Garrett 1 2 1 0/1 0/1 1/3 3 23 2 0 1 0 2
M. Lightfoot 0 2 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 4 13 1 1 3 2 0
C. Young - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Preston - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Teahan - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Sosinski - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 75 33 15 32/61 6/18 5/10 18 200 8 4 10 8 25
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Humphrey 20 7 0 9/17 2/6 0/0 2 31 1 1 2 2 5
R. Travis 12 4 1 5/12 1/3 1/3 4 39 0 0 2 1 3
R. Cartwright 7 6 4 3/7 1/3 0/0 2 33 1 0 5 3 3
D. Davis 2 4 2 1/6 0/0 0/0 1 20 0 0 4 3 1
O. Da Silva 1 7 2 0/3 0/0 1/2 2 23 1 1 0 1 6
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Humphrey 20 7 0 9/17 2/6 0/0 2 31 1 1 2 2 5
R. Travis 12 4 1 5/12 1/3 1/3 4 39 0 0 2 1 3
R. Cartwright 7 6 4 3/7 1/3 0/0 2 33 1 0 5 3 3
D. Davis 2 4 2 1/6 0/0 0/0 1 20 0 0 4 3 1
O. Da Silva 1 7 2 0/3 0/0 1/2 2 23 1 1 0 1 6
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Okpala 6 2 0 2/8 1/2 1/2 3 28 2 1 0 0 2
I. White 5 2 2 1/6 1/5 2/2 0 19 0 0 1 0 2
J. Sharma 1 3 0 0/2 0/1 1/2 0 7 0 0 0 2 1
D. Pickens - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Sheffield - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Walker - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Pugh - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Stanback - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Herenton - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Pagon - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 54 35 11 21/61 6/20 6/11 14 200 5 3 14 12 23