Dec 08, 2019 3:21 AM

No. 2 Kansas hands No. 20 Colorado first loss 72-58

Posted Dec 08, 2019 3:21 AM

LAWRENCE, Kansas -- Colorado coach Tad Boyle was brutally honest after the Buffaloes' season-opening, seven-game winning streak came to an end.


Ochai Agbaji scored 20 points and Devon Dotson added 18 points to lead No. 2 Kansas to a 72-58 victory over No. 20 Colorado on Saturday night.


"KU beat us tonight, I mean very soundly," Boyle said. "People are going to see that score, but it really wasn't even as close as the score indicated."


Ten days after claiming the Maui Invitational title, the Jayhawks (7-1) built an early 6-0 lead over their former conference foes. David McCormack fueled the hot start, contributing six of the Jayhawks' opening eight points.


Holding leading scorer Tyler Bey scoreless from the field through the first half, Kansas used a 9-0 run to build a 19-9 lead. Colorado (7-1) shot 26.9% from the field in the first half and that allowed the Jayhawks to take a 34-22 lead at halftime.


"We got a lot of open looks that just didn't fall for us tonight," McKinley Wright said "I wouldn't take back our game plan and what we did. I don't think we did nothing necessarily wrong."


With Bey and D'Shawn Schwartz quieted, Evan Battey lead the way for the Buffaloes, scoring 14 points on a 5-for-8 shooting.


Schwartz picked up a technical foul on a dunk that temporarily quieted the raucous Kansas crowd, and Agbaji knocked down four 3-point baskets in the second half to keep the Buffaloes at a distance.


"I thought Ochai was by far our best performer today," Kansas coach Bill Self said.


Colorado forced 21 Kansas turnovers, but the Jayhawks shot 52.9% to outlast the Buffaloes.


"If we got a shot we were fairly efficient but obviously we've got to be better caretakers of the ball to play really good offensively," Self said.


BIG PICTURE


Kansas: The size of the Jayhawks overpowered Colorado inside, especially with a two-big lineup, outscoring the Buffaloes 38-22 down low. The Jayhawks also found some late success from outside, shooting 85.7% from 3-point range in the second half after missing all six first-half attempts.


Colorado: With Bey contained by the swarming Kansas defense, the Buffaloes struggled to find any momentum offensively, turning the ball over 17 times and shooting 30% from the field.


QUICK COMPARE



Both Naismith and Wooden Award candidates, the matchup between McKinley Wright and Devon Dotson featured two of the most explosive point guards in the nation. Dotson boasted 18 points and six assists, while the Kansas defense limited Wright to eight points and two assists.


POLL IMPLICATIONS


A close loss may have allowed the Buffaloes to maintain their No. 20 ranking, but the 14-point deficit will likely cause Colorado to slip in the polls. With No. 1 Louisville topping Pitt 64-46, the No. 2-ranked Jayhawks will likely hold their position in the rankings.


UP NEXT


Kansas: Hosts Milwaukee on Tuesday.


Colorado: Hosts Northern Iowa on Tuesday.


--- Associated Press ---

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Dec 08, 2019 3:21 AM
Griffons roll past Henderson State 35-14 to win Live United Bowl

TEXARKANA, Ark. – The 300th all-time win for Missouri Western football came in the final game of its 50th season. The Griffons (9-3) trounced Henderson State (9-3) in the Agent Barry Live United Bowl to reach nine wins for the first time since 2012 and break a program record with its 11th straight win away from St. Joseph.

 

Missouri Western controlled the line of scrimmage throughout and turned in one of its best defensive performances of the season. Anthony Williams intercepted the Reddies' second play from scrimmage, setting the tone for the Griffon defense early. Markel Smith gave MWSU a 7-0 lead with 2:38 left in the first quarter after both teams showed some rust early in the game. Missouri Western elected to twice go for it on fourth down inside the Henderson State red zone and failed to convert either time, allowing Henderson State to tie the game with 5:04 left in the first half.

 

Blake Burau capped an 11-play, 68-yard drive that took 4:23 off the clock with a four-yard touchdown catch from Wyatt Steigerwald. Burau's TD put MWSU up 14-7 with 34 seconds left in the half. MWSU scored on its first four possessions of the second half. The final touchdown was a 16-yard pass to Luke Vang. The Griffons originally lined up to kick a field goal on 4th and two from the Henderson State 16, but kicker Sam Aviles motioned out as a receiver and Steigerwald to his quarterback position before hitting a wide open Vang to put MWSU up 35-14.

 

NOTABLES

  • Missouri Western became the first team to ever win the Live United Bowl twice.
  • Trey Vaval was named MVP after breaking the Live United Bowl record with 225 return yards. The freshman returned four punts for 143 yards and three kicks for 82. He actually broke the record in the first half and became the second Griffon specialist to win MVP of the game in as many years. Tyler Basch was named MVP as the team's kicker in 2018.
  • The Griffons out-gained Henderson State 463-263 even with Vaval's returns often setting the Griffs up with great field position.
  • Missouri Western had the ball for more than 39 minutes.
  • Henderson State was held to just 73 rushing yards on 24 carries.
  • Two Reddie quarterbacks were limited to 10 completions on 37 attempts for 290 yards. The Griffon defense also had three sacks.
  • MWSU rushed for 287 yards with Markel Smith (136) and Shamar Griffith (110) both going over 100.
  • The Griffons were 11 for 18 on third down.
  • Steigerwald threw two touchdown passes in a game for the 10th time in 2019.
  • Both touchdown passes were to tight ends, giving the position group 15 on the season.


--- MWSU Athletics ---