Self makes history as No. 7/8 Kansas dashes to 86-65 win over Siena

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LAWRENCE, Kan. – Bill Self became the winningest head coach inside Allen Fieldhouse as Kansas basketball opened its home schedule with a 86-65 win over Siena on Friday night in the historic building which opened in 1955. Self improves his record in Allen Fieldhouse to 207-9 (.958) after passing Ted Owens on the list.

Friday night’s contest was a host game for the CBE Hall of Fame Classic.

The Jayhawks (2-1) used a 21-3 run to pull away from the Saints (1-2) in the waning moments of the game. Kansas finished with its best rebounding and shooting performance of the young season, out-rebounding Siena 42 to 28.

Senior guard Frank Mason III led the Jayhawks with 18 points, while junior guard Devonte’ Graham dished out a career-high nine assists to orchestrate a KU offense which shot 56.9 percent from the field.

Sophomore forward Carlton Bragg Jr. hit his stride on both sides of the floor to register his first career double-double with career highs in points (15) and rebounds (11) in 27 minutes of action. Fellow sophomore Lagerald Vick also set career highs in points (12) and rebounds (eight) in 32 minutes. 

The Jayhawks took a 40-30 lead into halftime behind 10 points and six rebounds from Bragg.

Vick finished the first half with consecutive backdoor alley-oops to give Kansas a 40-30 lead. On nearly identical plays Vick flushed home passes from juniors Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk and Devonte’ Graham to give KU its 10-point halftime lead.

Kansas issued a knock-out punch in the closing moments of the second half after Siena and its leading scorers, Javion Ogunyemi (19 points) and Marquis Wright (25 points), helped lead the Saints to within five points of Kansas, 63-58, with 7:56 remaining.

The Jayhawks then turned on their afterburners for a 21-3 run to take control. At one point, Mason, Vick and Graham scored 20 straight points for the Jayhawks.

Senior Tyler Self took part in his father’s historic night, by contributing two points on a fade-away jumper with just over a minute remaining in regulation.

Kansas will have a short turnaround when it faces UAB in the bracket round of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic, Monday, Nov. 21, at 8:30 p.m., from Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. The game will be televised on ESPN2. KU will either play Georgia or George Washington on Nov. 22 in the event. The CBE Hall of Fame Classic consolation game will be at 6:30 p.m., on ESPN3 and the finals at 9 p.m., on ESPN2.

Game 3: Siena at Kansas (CBE Hall of Fame Classic host game)
Site: Lawrence, Kan.
Arena: Allen Fieldhouse
Attendance (Capacity): 16,300 (16,300)
Date: Friday, Nov. 18
Tipoff: 7:06 p.m. CST
Final Buzzer: 8:57 p.m. CST

Updated W/L Records
Kansas all-time: 2,188-837
Bill Self at Kansas: 387-84
Bill Self overall: 594-189
Bill Self vs. Siena: 2-0

Kansas improves to 207-9 (.958) inside Allen Fieldhouse under head coach Bill Self, making him the all-time winningest coach in Allen Fieldhouse; Self passed Ted Owens’ 206 AFH wins. Kansas 745-109 all-time in Allen Fieldhouse.

Allen Fieldhouse Coaching W-L Records
1. Bill Self (207-9)
2. Ted Owens (206-47)
3. Roy Williams (201-17)
4. Larry Brown (71-5)
5. Dick Harp (51-29)

Kansas extends its Allen Fieldhouse winning streak to 41 games and its NCAA-leading home-court winning streak to 43 games. Friday’s win is also KU’s 43rd-straight home-opening win dating back to 1973-74.

Kansas now leads the series with Siena, 2-0. The other match-up was a 91-84 Kansas victory on Jan. 6, 2009, in Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas is 15-1 all-time against current membership of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC).

Kansas is participating in its third CBE Hall of Fame Classic and its first since winning the 2012 event at Sprint Center in Kansas City. The Jayhawks are 8-1 in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic with a 5-0 record in host contests and 3-1 mark in the championship brackets.

Originally called the Guardians Classic, the event started in 2001 with the championship rounds played in Kansas City at either Kemper Arena or Sprint Center.

On Kansas Athletics’ Salute to Service night, the Jayhawks wore the same jerseys that debuted during the State Farm Armed Forces Classic game in Honolulu on Nov. 11.

KU’s 10 blocks against the Saints are the most since recording 10 against Texas on Feb. 28, 2015.

• Notched career highs of 15 points, 11 rebounds and 27 minutes.
• Recorded first career double-double.  

• Dished out a career-high nine assists with no turnovers.

• Tied a career-high five blocks in 21 minutes of action.

• Set career highs in points (12), rebounds (eight), field goals made (six) and minutes played (32).


Bill Self
On Siena’s ability and competiveness:
“I didn’t think we played great tonight. I knew that we were tired, but I thought we could play more competitively and certainly tougher than we did tonight. It wasn’t a very good performance, but they did throw some stuff in the second half. They threw in some hard shots, but we really never made a play bad. We got four steals and only forced 11 turnovers playing at home against a team that played two guards most of the time, but we couldn’t pressure that. Frank (Mason III) and Devonte’ (Graham) didn’t have any legs. Hopefully we’ll get better; it’s not one that I’m going to worry about too much. Certainly, we have to have some individuals that come more ready to play than they did tonight. Hopefully it will be a good learning lesson for some of the young kids.”

On Carlton Bragg Jr.,’s double-double (15 points, 11 rebounds):
“Carlton’s played better the last week. He went after the ball a lot better. He and Lagerald, by far, were the best two rebounders today. He scored the ball. He made a jumper early, but he made 15 points by being a post man, so that was good to see.”

On Josh Jackson’s performance and foul trouble:
“Two of his fouls were just out of control with the ball, taking the dribble too far. You have to drive to pass in those situations, especially when everybody can see it coming from 50 feet away. At least he’s being aggressive, but he can do better in those areas. We need him to be on the court more because when he’s on the court we can certainly sub Devonte’ and Frank more because we can at least have a playmaker out there with Lagerald or with one of those other guards, but it was a good win. It wasn’t a 20-point game by any stretch, but I was glad we were able to pull away the win.”

On being the winningest coach in Allen Fieldhouse:
“That’s a pretty cool deal. It is a great building and we’ve won a lot of games here. Certainly, it just means you’ve been coaching here for a while. Larry Keating schedules a lot of home games – (that) is probably what it means if anything else. It’s been a fun run, but I’m just more concerned, as we all are, with trying to get our team better. We’ve got to get through the next five days because this is a tired team and we’re going to play two quality opponents in Kansas City.”

On the CBE Classic in Kansas City:
“UAB lost one of their key players so they’ll be a little bit different team moving forward than what they were. The point guard went down, probably for the season, based on what I’ve been told, but he’s a good player. George Washington beat Siena the other night so we know that they have a good team and certainly Georgia is everybody’s pick to finish second or third in the SEC so it’s going to be a good test for us over in Kansas City.”

On Scooter (Dr. Scott Ward) and some words of encouragement for him:
“He is our guy and that’s the big thing. He’s got a lot on his brain right now. Certainly, he’s going through a tough deal. I told people the other day, after the Duke game, he texted me. He said, ‘Good gosh, you guys had a 12-point lead, you about gave me a heart attack.’ He’s had two unbelievable things that have happened. (We’re) Very fortunate that he got the attention when he did; certainly I don’t know much about the aorta, but he’s had two surgeries on it and they had to crack his sternum open both times. He’s going through a tough time right now, but he’s tough as nails and I know he knows he’s loved and we miss him around here.”

On points in the post:
It felt good to be back, staying aggressive and just playing my game. Staying focused.”

On double-double and career high rebounds:
“Coach is just staying on me in practice about staying aggressive. We focused on one thing and that was rebounding, then everything else just came natural.”

On finding his role and feeling comfortable tonight:
“I just have to keep going. My focus is just rebounding and helping the team out.”

On staying out of foul trouble tonight:
“I tend to foul out a lot, being too aggressive with the touch fouls. I’m working on that and I’m adjusting, it’s hard.”

On Coach Self:
“The way he coaches… He’s a special coach and this is a special place. You put those two things together and special things happen.”

On coming off two high profile games, playing a lesser known team:
“Not too good, there’s a lot of things we could’ve done better. We’ll look at the tape tomorrow and prepare for the next game.

On Coach Bill Self’s record tonight:
“It’s a great accomplishment for Coach Self. He’s one of the best coaches ever and we’re all very happy for him.”

Siena head coach Jimmy Patsos
Opening statement
“I’d like to first thank Larry Keating and Bill Self for inviting us out here. What a thrill to play here. I grew up, for 13 years, as Gary Williams’ assistant and I used to think Cole Fieldhouse was the best place, and of course, Cameron indoor, but boy, was this a special place to play. It was really an honor. I got to see the Royals’ clubhouse today and got to go on the field, and then got to play about 30 minutes of really good basketball. I did an interview before the game and I said Lagerald Vick, number two, was my favorite player. That’s my kind of guy. He does a lot of dirty work, unfortunately I was correct. He’s a great player. They’ve got depth. I talked to our players about how you thought you had them and then their quickness to the ball got us. Your guards are great. I wish you the best. Looks like you’re going to have another run at the National Championship. With that being said, unfortunately I continue to be a different part of history. I’m the guy that lost to Bill Self when he broke the winning record in Phog Allen Fieldhouse.”

On why Vick is his favorite player:
“We’re like a good mid-major, like Iona, Manhattan. We’re not that next level mid-major like Wichita State, but we’re at a really good level in the MAC (Mid-American Conference). He’s killer at our level. He can do everything. He’s just a stat stuffer. Reminds me a little bit of this guy we had, Keith Booth, at Maryland. He was like a 6-5 four-man, but he could shoot. I know Vick is a three-man, but I just like him. I like his energy and he can do a little bit of everything. He can switch and guard anybody. He’s a really good player. We all know(Josh) Jackson is what he is and then (they have the) other two guards (Devonte’ Graham and Frank Mason III), but when you watch him, he was the guy I was like, ‘Wow I didn’t know they had him.’ We run in press, like I said, I worked for Gary Williams. It’s a 94 feet pressing, running kind of hard-hat, lunch pail kind of game, and that’s what I think he is. When you win a National Championship you need a guy like that.”

On Bill Self’s outstanding record at home:
“It’s crazy because like I said, we had that at Cole Fieldhouse. I think we had the longest win non-conference streak going. This building, the aura, that’s one thing, but he has great players and they play really hard. He’s a great coach. He seems to make adjustments as he goes. He can play lots of different ways. They can score a lot of points or they can grind it out. They can outrebound Indiana and they came back and beat Duke on the boards. I talked to Mike Turgeon today. He asked his wife to marry him on the (Allen Fieldhouse) floor. He met Anne here. And I said, ‘Yeah are you coming back to play here?’ and he said, ‘Hell no’ and now I know why.”

Siena senior G Marquis Wright
On what changed to keep Siena out of the game:
“We didn’t execute on defense. We made our run and they held on and just kept making their run. We just have to execute on defense more as a team.”

On how it felt for him personally to continue his success against a team like Kansas:
“I started off slow, but my team was behind me and just started the second half strong. It’s a great feeling to do that here, but they are a great team and we didn’t pull it out.”

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