Jayhawk Insider: A Vick-torious Night
By Jordan Cronan
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Lagerald Vick’s career-high 32 points and perfect night 3-point shooting, gave him the record-breaking night that Kansas needed to top a tough Vermont team. The Catamounts, being the second-winningest team in the northeast region and the reigning America East Conference champions, proved to be a little more of a challenge for the Jayhawks.
Vick’s hot streak started early as he knocked down his first two attempts in the first minute of action and put the Jayhawks up 6-0 against the Catamounts. The early success and confidence from Vick kept Kansas from not falling too far behind Vermont as the Catamounts built an eight-point lead following a 16-2 run before the first media timeout.
“It was just the confidence, coaches and teammates giving me words before the game,” Vick said of his hot start. “Going out there and really just playing for the team and shooting the ball.”
While Kansas was still trying to find its rhythm in the first half, Vick didn’t let Vermont’s early run slow him down. Still with a whole half of basketball to go, Vick was already on pace for a career high in both points and 3-pointers made.
Vick’s fifth 3-pointer tied his career high and pushed the Jayhawks’ lead to 13 over the Catamounts with 13 minutes left to play in the second half. Not soon after, Vick surpassed his previous career high of 28 points with a dunk off of the assist from Dedric Lawson.
“He was good, he was so good, and he carried us,” head coach Bill Self said. “If we didn’t have him early in the game we would have be down 12 or 14.”
Vick ended his career night perfect from behind the 3-point line. Shooting 8-of-8, Vick passed Ben McLemore and now holds the Kansas record for most made 3-pointers without a miss in a game. McLemore held the prior record, going 6-of-6 from behind the arc against Iowa State in 2013.
“Lagerald Vick, that’s the best offensive game that I’ve ever had a player have, whenever I’ve coached them,” Self said after the game. “We needed every one of them, he and Udoka just carried us tonight.”
Coming into the season’s home opener, Vick was 0-of-4 from 3-point range and only made one-shot attempt against Michigan State. However he refused to let that quiet performance at the Champions Classic hold him back.
“I put up a lot of shots after the game we played against Michigan State,” Vick said. “We had an off night, but I didn’t sit back on that. I just came out ready to play.”
Vick’s record-breaking night coming so early in the season, doesn’t mean that Vick is satisfied with where he is at, but motivation for what is to come.
“It feels good to get a rhythm going,” Vick said. “Next game I’ve got to come out even harder.”
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