Big second half run propels Kansas past Omaha, 89-64
LAWRENCE, Kan. -- The Omaha Mavericks made noise inside a raucous Phog Allen Fieldhouse Monday night, but a big run by the No. 5 Kansas Jayhawks lifted the roof off the building and turned the Mavericks away.
Creighton Prep grad Luke Jungers pulled Omaha within seven points just over three minutes into the second half when he buried a three-pointer, but the Jayhawks erupted for 10 straight points to distance themselves from the Mavericks.
UNO grad Chris Crutchfield was making his debut as the Mavericks' head coach, while Kansas was playing without their head coach.
Bill Self was serving the first game of a four-game suspension related to a lengthy FBI investigation, meaning Norm Parker was serving as interim head coach on a night that Kansas fans were celebrating the Jayhawks' most recent national championship.
Four Mavericks scored in double figures in the 89-64 loss, lead by Jaede Marshall's 13 points. Jungers had 12 and Bellevue West grad Frankie Fidler added 11. The Mavericks also got 11 points from Marquel Sutton.
Kansas had six players in double figures, led by Gradey Dick's 23 points.
The Mavericks will return to their home state while remaining on the road for their next contest, traveling to take on Nebraska on Thursday. Kansas will play another Summit League foe in Lawrence, taking on North Dakota State on Thursday.