The No. 3 Kansas Jayhawks welcomed the Stony Brook Seawolves into Allen Fieldhouse on Thursday night. The first half of the contest was a back-and-forth battle between the two teams. In the second half, the Jayhawks would prevail and win 88-59. KU is now 3-0 on the season. Ochai Agbaji would provide another outstanding performance finishing the night with 25 points and 999 career points.
According to kuathletics.com, head coach Bill Self talked about the win over Stony Brook,
"“Stony Brook came to play, they played well in the first half. We didn’t guard them very well, but everything was one-on-one and they whipped our guards just to be real candid. We didn’t get off to a good start. I think it took until about the eight-minute mark and we went from down three to up eight in a heartbeat, maybe two minutes. Then we played pretty well after that. It took us about twelve minutes to get going. I thought we played really well in the second half. I thought everybody that played contributed in a positive way. Remy tweaked his back, reinjured it as he had kind of hurt it before, so he wasn’t himself tonight and that’s why he didn’t play much. I also think that’s why he wasn’t very effective and he just didn’t want to tell us. Everybody was solid and Ochai was off the charts again.”"
Kansas had 13 players play in the game in which they finished the night 35-70 (50%) from the field and 10-28 from the 3-point line (36%). KU would turn the ball over seven times versus Stony Brook’s 14. The turnover stat can tell you a lot about a basketball game. The Seawolves would score seven points off of turnovers, and Kansas would score 18 points. The Jayhawks crashed the boards and would get 41 total rebounds.
Jayhawks Get Astounding Performance from Ochai Agbaji
Senior Ochai Agbaji was yet again impressive. Abaji who was recently awarded Big 12 Player of the Week did not disappoint in game three. He would finish the night scoring 25 points, adding four rebounds, three assists, and two steals. He again provided leadership throughout the game playing 30 minutes the most of any Jayhawk. His game continues to elevate, and he finished the night one point away from becoming a 1000 point scorer at Kansas.
Jayhawks Get Valuable Minutes from David McCormack
Senior David McCormack provided some quality minutes against Stony Brook. He would spark the team with roughly six minutes remaining in the first half. A run started by McCormack would have the Jayhawks head into halftime up 38-32. He finished with 12 points, eight rebounds, one steal, and one block.
Freshman Zach Clemence Fires up Jayhawks
Freshman Zach Clemence had Jayhawk fans excited. The 6’10”, 225 lbs Forward from San Antonio, Texas, scored 11 points against the Seawolves. In 12 minutes, he would go 3-8 from the floor and 2-4 from the 3-point line. He had six total rebounds, one assist, and one steal. His emergence is significant, and he will only continue to build confidence.
According to kuathletics.com, redshirt sophomore Dajuan Harris talked about Zach Clemence’s 3-point shooting,
"“Zach can really shoot it. We’ll be at practice doing red team vs. blue team and when we are playing sometimes he will be lighting us up too. So that’s something we see everyday.”"
Zach was asked about his comfort playing at this level,
"“Yeah, I was nervous but I was never to the point where I wasn’t comfortable playing. I’ve always been playing on a big stage. Not as big of a stage as this but a big stage. So I’m used to it.”"
The Jayhawks will head to Orlando, Florida, and participate in the ESPN Events Invitational. Games will be played on November 25th, 26th, and 28th. The first game for KU will be against North Texas on Thursday, November 25th.