Washington hands No 2 Kansas first loss of season

Dec 6, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Washington Huskies forward Noah Dickerson (15) drives to the basket against Kansas Jayhawks guard Clay Young (21) in the first half at Sprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Huskies upset the No. 2 Kansas Jayhawks, 74-65, at the Jayhawk Shootout on Wednesday night from Kansas City, delivering the Jayhawks their first loss of the season.

Junior Jayhawks guard Lagerald Vick poured in 28 points on 12-for-23 shooting, but was unable to one-man army Kansas past Washington. Senior leading scorer Devonte’ Graham finished the game 1-for-8 shooting with just three points (averaging 18.6 points per game coming into the night), while senior Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk shot just 3-for-12 (and 2-for-8 from deep) in his own right.

The Huskies were led by junior Matisse Thybulle, who finished with a team-high 19 points, while knocking down 5-of-8 from deep. He was joined by freshman Jaylen Nowell who added 17 points and junior Noah Dickerson, who had 13 points and 14 rebounds for the lone double-double of the game.

Washington finished the night shooting 48.3 percent from the floor overall, knocking down nine 3-pointers. On the other side of the court, the Jayhawks went 5-for-20 from deep.

The Huskies turned the ball over fewer times than the Jayhawks, having led the entire second half after taking a 36-34 lead into the break.

After early season losses to Providence and Virginia Tech, Washington has rebounded to win five in a row. Their tough tests will not slow down, as their next matchup comes against the No. 12 Gonzaga Bulldogs on Sunday.

For the Jayhawks, their odyssey against the Pac-12 continues when they take on the Arizona State Sun Devils on Sunday. They opened the season with seven straight wins over programs such as Kentucky and Syracuse, suffering their first loss on Wednesday.

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