Dotson Paces Jayhawks in Victory over UNCG, 74-62

LAWRENCE, Kan. โ€“ Sophomore guard Devon Dotson drained a game-high 22 points as the No. 3 Kansas Jayhawks won their 47th-straight home opener with a 74-62 victory over UNC Greensboro Friday night inside Allen Fieldhouse.

The Jayhawks extend a 47-game home opening streak that dates back to the start of the 1973-74 season, as Kansas was led by four players in double-figures in scoring, including Dotson, who was 6-of-14 from the field in the game. The 22 points from Dotson were the second most of his career and the most since scoring 25 a season ago at TCU, and his third career game with 20+ points.

Joining Dotson in double-figures was sophomore Ochai Agbaji (13), junior Marcus Garrett (10) and senior Udoka Azubuike (10). Azubuike notched his ninth-career double-double by adding a team-high 12 rebounds, in what was his first double-double since Nov. 12, 2018 vs. Vermont.

The first half was a back-and-forth affair that featured eight lead changes in total. Kansasโ€™ Dotson and UNC Greensboroโ€™s Isaiah Miller traded blows throughout the first half, with Miller leading scoring at the half with 17 points, while Dotson led the Jayhawks with 14 points.

As a unit, Kansas out-shot the Spartans in the first half, connecting on 41 percent (12-of-29) from the floor, while the Spartans, scored on 36.1 percent shooting (13-of-36). Kansasโ€™ advantage from the field and the free throw line gave them a 36-32 advantage at the break.

Out of the break, the Jayhawks rallied for a 12-2 run to bring the score to 48-34 with 16:04 on the clock. Over that stretch, the Jayhawks benefited on 3-pointers from Agbaji and Isaiah Moss, while KU held UNC Greensboro to connect on just one of their first nine shots from the field.

The Jayhawks outscored the Spartans 28-11 in the first 12 minutes of the second half, which was capped off by a dunk by Azubuike that gave Kansas its largest lead of the night at 64-43.

With under six minutes left, the Spartans rattled off a 9-0 run to bring the score to just 10 with 3:52 remaining. The Jayhawks responded by keeping the margin at double-digits, as Kansas secured a 74-62 victory.

As a team, Kansas shot 45.8 percent (27-of-59) from the floor and 38.5 percent (10-of-26) from beyond the arc, while holding UNC Greensboro to just 38.7 percent (24-of-62) on the night.

UP NEXT

Kansas will return home to Allen Fieldhouse on Friday, November 15, when the Jayhawks host the Monmouth Hawks at 7 p.m., on Big 12 Now on ESPN+. A season ago, Monmouth finished with a 14-21 record including a 10-8 record in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Fridayโ€™s matchup between the Jayhawks and the Hawks will be the first meeting between the two schools.

Isaiah Moss heating up with his second trey of the night

๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ 12-2 run to start the 2nd half. ‘Hawks up 48-34 at the under-16 minute timeout.