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No. 5 Kansas builds big early lead, beats Texas A&M 79-68

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Kansas has white-knuckled its way to the top of the Big 12.

It took hopping out of conference play to finally breeze to a comfortable win.

Svi Mykhailiuk poured in 24 points, Malik Newman added 15 and the fifth-ranked Jayhawks built a big lead on Texas A&M in the first half before sustaining it most of the way in a 79-68 victory Saturday.

Lagerald Vick added 10 points, and Udoka Azubuike had a couple of rim-rattling dunks, as the Jayhawks (17-4) - so accustomed to sweating out down-to-the-wire games this season - won their fourth straight in the Big 12/SEC Challenge and 10th in a row over the Aggies.

''Oh, we sweated,'' Mykhailiuk said, smiling.

Just not a whole lot. The Jayhawks built a 45-27 halftime advantage, kept the gap nearly that wide in the second half and managed to breathe easy in the final minute for a change.

''It wasn't as easy,'' Jayhawks coach Bill Self said, ''as I would have hoped.''

Tyler Davis had 18 points and nine rebounds to lead Texas A&M (13-8), which began the season 11-1 with wins over Big 12 foes West Virginia and Oklahoma State. But after ascending to No. 5 in the AP poll, coach Billy Kennedy's club has lost seven of its last nine in a calamitous freefall.

''I really think Kansas played as well as any team we've played all year, the way they shared the ball,'' Kennedy said. ''I think the Mykhailiuk kid, he made some special 3s, and giving up 10 3s in the first half was really hard to overcome against a good team.''

Robert Williams added 11 points, nine boards and four blocks for the Aggies, whose only win over Kansas in 22 tries came in 2007, before they bolted the Big 12 for the Southeastern Conference.

The Jayhawks took control with a 10-0 run midway through the first half, stretching a 20-18 lead into a 30-18 advantage behind the kind of 3-point barrage that has become so common this season.

At one point, they had hit nine of their first 13 from beyond the arc.

Mykhailiuk had three in the first half, part of his 17 points in 17 minutes, as the Jayhawks shot 53 percent from the field and took a 45-27 lead into the break against one of the nation's best defenses.

''It seemed like every back-breaking play, we'd get a bad bounce and they'd hit a 3,'' Kennedy said. ''Every bounce, every play, they made it, and that's the mark of a good team.''

Kansas kept the pace hot in the second half, creating run-outs every time the Aggies missed a shot - and there were plenty of them. And even when they were forced to set up offense, the Jayhawks managed to get high percentage shots, including a rim-shaking dunk by Azubuike early on.

Azubuike had barreled through Davis before slamming it home, then straddled the Aggies' big man as he dropped back to the floor. He gave him a mean mug, too, that earned him a technical foul.

The Aggies finally clawed within 72-62 on free throws by Davis with 4:40 to go, but Marcus Garrett scored on a driving layup and Azubuike added a baby hook to restore the Jayhawks' advantage.

The Aggies never managed to get within single-digits down the stretch.

DOKE'S TECHNICAL

Self was not happy with Azubuike's technical foul, which he called ''selfish.'' The play also took some of the fire out of the big guy, who had a big first half but was quiet in the second. Azubuike ended up with eight points, six boards and four blocks in 22 minutes.

BIG PICTURE

Texas A&M tried to establish its size in the paint, but the Jayhawks made up for their lack of size with scrappiness. The Aggies' guards were outhustled to seemingly every loose ball, and that put too much pressure on Davis and Williams to make things happen in a game that hardly suited their style.

Kansas bounced back nicely from a late collapse at Oklahoma, showing a bit more moxie than the Jayhawks have in recent weeks. They had a 15-2 edge on fast-break points, and they hung with the bigger Aggies on the boards in a positive sign for a team that has struggled to rebound.

UP NEXT

Texas A&M plays Arkansas on Tuesday night.

Kansas visits Kansas State on Monday night.

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Key Players
D. Hogg
1 F
D. Graham
4 G
36.3 Min. Per Game 36.3
17.8 Pts. Per Game 17.8
7.4 Ast. Per Game 7.4
3.8 Reb. Per Game 3.8
42.9 Field Goal % 40.2
40.0 Three Point % 41.4
71.4 Free Throw % 83.8
  Defensive rebound by Devonte' Graham 0.0
  Robert Williams missed 3-pt. jump shot 2.0
  Shot clock violation turnover on Kansas 2.0
  Defensive rebound by Devonte' Graham 31.0
  D.J. Hogg missed 3-pt. jump shot 33.0
  Defensive rebound by Texas A&M 39.0
  Malik Newman missed free throw 39.0
  Personal foul on Tonny Trocha-Morelos 39.0
  Defensive rebound by Malik Newman 39.0
  T.J. Starks missed layup 41.0
  Defensive rebound by Tonny Trocha-Morelos 48.0
Team Stats
Points 68 79
Field Goals 28-64 (43.8%) 30-62 (48.4%)
3-Pointers 5-18 (27.8%) 12-26 (46.2%)
Free Throws 7-11 (63.6%) 7-11 (63.6%)
Total Rebounds 40 33
Offensive 13 9
Defensive 25 22
Team 2 2
Assists 15 16
Steals 4 5
Blocks 6 6
Turnovers 13 8
Fouls 15 11
Technicals 0 1
18 PTS, 9 REB
24 PTS, 6 REB, 3 AST
12T
away team logo Texas A&M 13-8 274168
home team logo 5 Kansas 17-4 453479
Team Stats
away team logo Texas A&M 13-8 74.8 PPG 42.5 RPG 12.9 APG
home team logo 5 Kansas 17-4 78.8 PPG 41.1 RPG 14.6 APG
Key Players
00
T. Davis C PPG RPG APG FG%
00
S. Mykhailiuk G PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
T. Davis C 18 PTS 9 REB 0 AST
S. Mykhailiuk G 24 PTS 6 REB 3 AST
43.8 FG% 48.4
27.8 3PT FG% 46.2
63.6 FT% 63.6
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Davis 18 9 0 8/17 0/2 2/2 2 27 0 1 2 3 6
R. Williams 11 9 1 5/8 0/1 1/4 3 29 1 4 2 2 7
T. Starks 11 3 3 4/9 1/2 2/2 2 24 1 0 3 0 3
D. Hogg 9 6 3 4/10 1/5 0/0 3 29 0 0 1 3 3
A. Gilder 7 1 3 3/8 0/2 1/2 3 33 0 0 1 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Davis 18 9 0 8/17 0/2 2/2 2 27 0 1 2 3 6
R. Williams 11 9 1 5/8 0/1 1/4 3 29 1 4 2 2 7
T. Starks 11 3 3 4/9 1/2 2/2 2 24 1 0 3 0 3
D. Hogg 9 6 3 4/10 1/5 0/0 3 29 0 0 1 3 3
A. Gilder 7 1 3 3/8 0/2 1/2 3 33 0 0 1 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Trocha-Morelos 9 7 2 3/6 2/4 1/1 2 24 1 0 0 3 4
D. Wilson 3 1 1 1/3 1/2 0/0 0 11 1 1 1 0 1
J. Caldwell 0 1 1 0/2 0/0 0/0 0 5 0 0 1 1 0
J. Chandler 0 1 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 7 0 0 2 1 0
S. Flagg 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 11 0 0 0 0 0
C. Collins - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. Byers - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. French - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Alo - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Jasey - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Walker III - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 68 38 15 28/64 5/18 7/11 15 200 4 6 13 13 25
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Mykhailiuk 24 6 3 8/15 4/8 4/4 2 35 1 0 0 1 5
M. Newman 15 7 1 6/13 2/7 1/3 0 37 2 0 1 1 6
L. Vick 10 3 2 4/9 2/4 0/0 2 30 0 1 2 1 2
D. Graham 8 6 7 2/11 2/5 2/4 0 40 0 0 3 1 5
U. Azubuike 8 6 2 4/8 0/0 0/0 3 26 0 4 1 3 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Mykhailiuk 24 6 3 8/15 4/8 4/4 2 35 1 0 0 1 5
M. Newman 15 7 1 6/13 2/7 1/3 0 37 2 0 1 1 6
L. Vick 10 3 2 4/9 2/4 0/0 2 30 0 1 2 1 2
D. Graham 8 6 7 2/11 2/5 2/4 0 40 0 0 3 1 5
U. Azubuike 8 6 2 4/8 0/0 0/0 3 26 0 4 1 3 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Garrett 9 1 1 4/4 1/1 0/0 2 18 2 0 1 1 0
M. Lightfoot 5 2 0 2/2 1/1 0/0 2 12 0 0 0 1 1
S. De Sousa 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0
C. Young - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Cunliffe - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Preston - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Teahan - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Sosinski - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 79 31 16 30/62 12/26 7/11 11 200 5 6 8 9 22