KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Devon Dotson scored 17 factors, Dedric Lawson added sixteen and No. 17 Kansas pulled away within the second half for a sixty five-57 victory over Texas on Thursday night time within the Massive 12 Event quarterfinals.
David McCormack added 13 points and a profession-greatest 9 rebounds for the third-seeded Jayhawks (24-9), who superior to play West Virginia in the semifinals on Friday night time.
The No. 10 seed Mountaineers upset second-seeded Texas Tech earlier in the day.
Dylan Osetkowski had 18 factors to steer the sixth-seeded Longhorns (sixteen-sixteen), who might have wanted a win on the Dash Middle to help their NCAA Event resume. They’ve a robust power of schedule however have misplaced 5 of their last six video games general.
Kansas improved to twenty-3 in quarterfinals because the inaugural event in 1997, and took an enormous step toward redemption in Kansas City. The Jayhawks completed behind the Purple Raiders and Kansas State within the league race, ending their report-setting run of 14 consecutive regular-season crowns.
The Jayhawks and Longhorns cut up in the common season with each profitable at house, so maybe it was no shock that they played to a 29-29 stalemate in the first half.
Kansas received out to a quick 9-2 lead but languished by means of lengthy durations, unable to get something going offensively. The Longhorns did their greatest work attacking the paint and getting to the foul line, regardless that 6-foot-eleven freshman Jaxson Hayes sat a lot of the half with two fouls.
The Jayhawks started to edge forward early within the second half.
Lawson scored a few quick baskets to construct a lead, and the brutish, 6-foot-10 McCormack went to work on the glass. He made one nifty rebound off a miss by Ochai Agbaji and spun around for a lay-in, helping Kansas stretch its lead to the most important of the game.
Texas tinkered with a 2-three zone and a half-courtroom lure to sluggish the Jayhawks, and to some extent they succeeded. But the Longhorns have been unable to capitalize at the other end.
Once they closed to within 56-fifty one, the Jayhawks’ Quentin Grimes drew a foul and triggered the bonus, making each free throws. When the Longhorns added a foul shot of their very own, Dotson breezed to the bucket for an additional contested layup to extend the Jayhawks’ lead.
The Jayhawks held on the remainder of the best way.
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