Slow-starting Kansas heats up in second half, defeats Cardinal 72-56 photo: The Stanford Cardinal’s Tyler Terry (3) drives on the Kansas Jayhawks guard Devon Dotson (1) on Sunday at Maples Pavilion in Palo Alto

By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Sunday, December 29, 2019

No. 5-ranked Kansas paid a visit to Maples Pavilion on Sunday, and emerged with a 72-56 non-conference men’s basketball victory over Stanford.

Isaiah Moss had 17 bench points for the Jayhawks (10-2), and Udoka Azubuike pulled down 13 rebounds, as Kansas won despite turning the ball over 21 times.

Azubuike, a 7-feet, 270-pound center, had a rough day offensively, scoring only two points (0-5 on free throws) and committing five turnovers while playing much of the game in foul trouble.

Ochai Agbaji and Devon Dotson contributed 14 points apiece, as Kansas won its fourth straight meeting with the Cardinal. Stanford Coach Jerod Haase, a Kansas alum, said after the game that the series has concluded for now.

Oscar da Silva led the Cardinal (11-2) with 19 points.

The Jayhawks started out slow with their long-range shooting, eventually making 6 of 8 3-pointers in the second half. Kansas took an early 7-0 lead while the Cardinal missed its first 14 shots. Stanford didn’t score until da Silva sank two free throws at 12:11, and Isaac White made the Cardinal’s first basket at 8:12 of the first half.

Kansas led 28-18 at halftime.

Stanford shot only 22 percent in the first half, including 1 of 9 on 3-pointers. The Jayhawks outrebounded Stanford 44-25, while the Cardinal committed 19 turnovers.

The Cardinal are off until Thursday, Jan. 2, when they host California in their Pac-12 opener.

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