LAWRENCE (TNS) — Thanks in part to sizzling senior Svi Mykhailiuk, Kansas' basketball players did not come close to suffering a letdown three nights after defeating fellow blueblood Kentucky at the Champions Classic.
Mykhailiuk scored a career-high 27 points as the No. 4-ranked Jayhawks, who committed zero turnovers the first half and seven in 40 minutes, rolled to an early 18-point lead and a 98-64 victory over South Dakota State on Friday night at Allen Fieldhouse.
Mykhailiuk — whose 14 points early sparked KU to a 27-12 advantage eight minutes into the contest (KU led by 18 points at the 9:12 mark) — cashed 8 of 13 first-half shots and was 10 of 17 for the game, including 5 of 7 on 3-pointers. He had four steals as the Jayhawks rolled to a 57-28 halftime margin. Mykhailiuk finished with the four steals as well as five rebounds.
The Jackrabbits (3-1) never threatened the final half.
The 6-foot-8 Mykhailiuk, who sat the final 7:43 of the blowout after suffering cramps, received plenty of support from his fellow guards on a night KU (3-0) committed its first turnover with 11:27 left. The elusive first turnover came when Mitch Lightfoot fumbled the ball in the paint.
Lagerald Vick, who scored 22 points overall on 9-of-12 shooting, contributed 11 points to Svi's 14 as the Jayhawks led, 36-21, at 7:10.
At that point, the duo had hit 10 of 13 shots and was 4 of 5 from 3-point range. Malik Newman scored 13 points the initial half on 4-of-6 shooting and finished with 13 points for the game.
Udoka Azubuike tied a career high with 17 points. He hit 8 of 9 shots. Vick and Marcus Garrett had seven rebounds, Azubuike two.
South Dakota State's Mike Daum who entered with a 21.3 scoring average through the Jackrabbits' first three games finished with 21 points and 11 boards.
The Jayhawks, who played without Billy Preston for the third straight game, claimed a historic victory of sorts. Coach Bill Self improved to 419-88 at KU and moved into sole possession of second place on KU's all-time win list for coaches. Roy Williams went 418-101 in 15 seasons. Phog Allen is No. 1 at 590-219.
KU won on Friday night with Devonte Graham scoring just two points the first half with six assists. He finished with eight points and 11 assists on the night.
Mykhailiuk scored seven points, Vick six and Newman five as KU raced to a 20-4 lead at 15:11. Azubuike also had a bucket in the run. KU stretched the lead to 27-12 and 57-28 at the break.
The Jayhawks will next meet Texas Southern on Tuesday at Allen Fieldhouse.