LAWRENCE (TNS) — Kansas’ seven scholarship players certainly displayed different ways to score — and win games — against mid-major opponents, this past week.
The third-ranked Jayhawks (5-0), who cashed a school-record 19 three-pointers in Tuesday night’s 43-point rout of Texas Southern, returned to a more conventional inside-out attack in drubbing Oakland of the Horizon League 102-59 on Friday night at Allen Fieldhouse.
Center Udoka Azubuike scored nine points the first four minutes. Then, after being relegated to the bench all but two minutes the rest of the half because of foul trouble, he saw reserve big man Mitch Lightfoot explode for a career-high 11 points (Lightfoot finished with 11 and a career-best eight rebounds) the remainder of the half as the Jayhawks built a huge 29-point lead at 55-26.
Azubuike was unstoppable again in the second half and finished with a career high 21 points on 10-of-16 shooting with 10 boards in 20 minutes.
Lightfoot had five of his eight rebounds in the first half, while Svi Mykhailiuk, who scored 14 points on 6-of-15 shooting (1 of 3 threes), also had five boards in the initial half.
Devonté Graham, who had 14 points on 4-of-11 shooting, with 1 of 4 threes, seven assists and five turnovers, scored nine points with five assists and two rebounds in the first half as KU outrebounded the Golden Grizzlies 21-16 in the first 20 minutes and 45-34 for the contest.
KU took just six threes in the first half and made three after attempting a school-record 36 Tuesday against Texas Southern.
For the game Friday, KU hit 6 of 16 threes to Oakland’s 6 of 30.
Also for KU, Lagerald Vick had 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting with seven boards and three assists in 32 minutes. And Malik Newman scored 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting with six rebounds, and Marcus Garrett had 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting with five rebounds.
The Golden Grizzlies (2-3), who are favored to win the 10-team Horizon League, were led by guard Kendrick Nunn, who scored 23 points on 10-of-21 shooting. He had 13 points in the first half on 6-of-15 shooting.
Oakland — which was playing its highest-ranked opponent since December, 2015, when it lost in overtime at Michigan State — hit 32.9 percent of its shots to KU’s 55.7 percent.
KU again played without freshman Billy Preston, who has not yet appeared in a regular-season game as KU looks into the financial picture of the car he’s been driving in Lawrence this school year.
Oakland dropped its third straight in the campus portion of the Hoophall Miami Invitational. Oakland has lost at KU, Toledo (87-74) and at Syracuse (74-50) in the event. KU ripped Texas Southern 114-71 in a tournament campus game on Tuesday.
KU will next meet Toledo (3-2) at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Allen Fieldhouse. It will be the return game for 5-10 sophomore guard Justin Roberts, son of KU assistant Norm Roberts and brother of former KU guard Niko Roberts.
Justin Roberts is Lawrence High’s all-time leading scorer with 1,549 points. He averaged 19.9 points a game his senior year at Lawrence High. He scored his first points of his sophomore season in Friday’s 80-77 loss at Cornell. Roberts hit a three, making the only shot he attempted, in his eight-minute stint.
KU improved to 2-0 all-time versus Oakland. The Golden Grizzlies fell to 1-12 versus teams in the Big 12.
The Jayhawks are now 3-0 against current members of the Horizon League. KU defeated Illinois-Chicago (UIC), 77-53, on March 19, 2004, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Kansas City, Bill Self’s first season at Kansas.
KU has now won 23 straight nonconference games in Allen Fieldhouse.