SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Udoka Azubuike scored his team’s initial 10 points and dunked seven times on the way to 24 points, and No. 14 Kansas ran away from Stanford early for a 75-54 victory Thursday night.
Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk and Devonte’ Graham each added 14 points as the Jayhawks won their third straight game following defeats to Stanford’s Pac-12 foes Washington and Arizona State.
Playing at the NBA Kings’ second-year Golden 1 Center with several Sacramento players sitting courtside, Kansas (10-2) had eight dunks and six 3-pointers in the first half alone while shooting 62.5 percent. Both programs wrapped up nonconference play with the second matchup of a four-game series between the schools.
Michael Humphrey had 20 points and seven rebounds for the cold-shooting Cardinal (6-7) as Stanford coach Jerod Haase faced his former school where he starred from 1995-97 under then-Kansas coach Roy Williams.
Azubuike upped his season dunk total to 49, shot 12 for 15 and came into the game ranked second in NCAA Division I field-goal shooting percentage at 77.6 — and raised that to 77.9. He is 88 of 113 over his initial 12 games.
The 7-foot center dunked off the opening tip for his 43rd of the season and quickly slammed home another as he led Stanford all by himself, 10-8, to begin the game. The other Kansas players then got involved and the Jayhawks used a 21-4 run to build a 31-15 advantage — shooting 13 for 18 for 72.2 percent.
Former Kansas star point guard Frank Mason III, this year’s AP National Player of the Year and now a rookie with the Kings, was courtside along with some of his Sacramento teammates like Buddy Hield.
And Kansas drew quite a crowd to California’s capital city, where fans cheered “Let’s go, Jayhawks!”
Jayhawks leading scorer Lagerald Vick, averaging 17.5 points per game coming into the night, contributed 13 points while playing with foul trouble.
The Jayhawks are 10-3 in the series but had lost two of the last three, winning 89-74 last Dec. 3 at Allen Fieldhouse. Stanford beat Kansas in the 2014 NCAA Tournament to reach the Sweet Sixteen.
Stanford freshman forward Kezie Okpala was cleared to play for the first time after he made academic progress in the first quarter. Initially, he hadn’t met Stanford’s requirements out of high school and wasn’t allowed to play because his grade from advanced placement calculus didn’t meet the Stanford threshold.
He hit a 3-pointer during his second time on the court and finished with six points in 28 minutes.
Kansas: Graham (1,276) passed Haase (1,264) for 33rd place on Kansas’ career scoring list. The Jayhawks improved to 10-2 — or better — for the third straight year and posted at least 10 nonconference victories for the fourth consecutive season and 13th time in coach Bill Self’s 15 seasons at the university. … Kansas is 3-0 at neutral sites and 4-1 away from Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks played in their third NBA venue already this season.
Stanford: Leading scorer Reid Travis dealt with foul trouble and was held to a season-low 12 points after coming in with a 22.2 scoring average as Stanford shot 34.4 percent. The Cardinal, who faced their third ranked opponent this season, dropped to 0-11 against AP Top-25 teams during Haase’s two seasons. Stanford hasn’t beaten a ranked opponent since topping No. 11 Oregon on Feb. 13, 2016, at Maples Pavilion.
Kansas: Opens Big 12 season at Texas on Dec. 29.
Stanford: Hosts rival California on Dec. 30 to open Pac-12 competition.