LAWRENCE (TNS) — Concerns about Kansas' 3-point shooting may have been a bit premature after three games of the 2017-18 season.
The Jayhawks, who hit 8 of 28 3-pointers in a four-point victory over Kentucky on Nov. 14 and entered Tuesday's game against Texas Southern at 39.8 percent from behind the arc, came out firing early and often — and with accuracy — in a record-setting 114-71 victory over the Tigers at Allen Fieldhouse.
Kansas (4-0), which was led by Svi Mykhailiuk's five 3s and 21 points, converted a school-record 19 3-pointers, shattering the record of 16 set against Baylor on Jan. 25, 2005 in Waco, Texas.
Malik Newman had four 3s for 12 points, while Lagerald Vick hit 3-pointer and scored 19 points. Devonte Graham made three and scored 17 and Marcus Garrett also made three and scored 13 points as KU cashed 19 3s in 36 attempts in the rout. Udoka Azubuike had 20 points and nine boards for KU while Mitch Lightfoot had 10 points and four blocks.
Vick, Mykhailiuk and Newman each hit three 3s in the first half as KU, which led 66-30 at the break, also set a school-record for threes in a half by canning 12.
The old record was nine 3s in a half set on seven occasions.
The Jayhawks tied a school-record for 3-point attempts in a half with 20 before halftime. KU also attempted 20 in a half against Alcorn State in December 2009. Kansas' 36 attempts from 3 for the game also set the school record, breaking the mark of 34 against Alcorn in that same game.
Kansas filled the stat sheet on Tuesday. Graham had 11 assists and six rebounds, while Vick had 10 rebounds and seven assists. Marcus Garrett had 11 rebounds to go with his 13 points.
The Jayhawks erupted for 114 points, which is the second-highest total in the 15-year Bill Self era in Lawrence, Kan. KU scored 123 against Chaminade in 2015.
Kansas hit 59 percent of its shots in the first half to Texas Southern's 40 percent. For the game, KU hit 55.1 percent of its shots and 52.8 percent of its 3s.
The Jayhawks led just 11-10 at the first TV timeout, at 15:34. Guard Kevin Scott had eight of the 11 points and 5-foot-7 Demontrae Jefferson, who returned after a two-game suspension, had three points. Vick had four points and three rebounds at that early juncture for KU. Jefferson led Texas Southern (0-5) with 24 points. Trayvon Reed had 19 points and 14 boards.
KU used a 29-4 run to turn an 11-8 deficit into a 37-15 lead at 8:24. Treys were a huge part of that run. Vick and Mykhailiuk had two 3s apiece, Garrett one and Graham one. At one point KU hit four straight 3s: Vick, followed by Graham, Vick again and Garrett.
Kansas will next meet Oakland at 7 p.m. Friday in Allen Fieldhouse.