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Stanford men lose to Kansas in nonconference basketball

 

Kansas' Udoka Azubuike dunked seven times and scored 24 points as the 14th-ranked Jayhawks put the hurt on Stanford, 75-54, in a nonconference men's basketball contest Thursday night at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento.

Kansas (10-2) had eight dunks and six 3-pointers in the first half alone while shooting 62.5 percent.


Stanford freshman forward Kezie Okpala was cleared to play for the first time after he made academic progress in the first quarter. He wasn't allowed to play previously because of a less than stellar grade from an advanced placement class didn't meet Stanford's requirements.

Okpala hit a 3-pointer during his second time on the court and finished with six points in 28 minutes.

Michael Humphrey had 20 points and seven rebounds for the 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.

"It's the nicest building I've ever been in. I've never been in a building nicer than this," Kansas coach Bill Self said. "It kind of felt like a home game."

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.

The Cardinal weren't bothered by the pro-Kansas crowd.

"We want to play in arenas like this," Reid Travis said. "That gave us energy coming into the game I just wish we could have sustained it a little more."

Travis, Stanford's leading scorer, dealt with foul trouble and was held to a season-low 12 points after coming in with a 22.2 scoring average.

"I was a little disappointed in myself not having more success finding guys and still attacking that pressure," Travis said. "We're disappointed. We feel like we had a great game plan in place."

The Cardinal, who faced its 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.

Stanford hosts California on Dec. 30 to open Pac-12 competition.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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