“He wants me to shoot it, he wants me to score, and if he believes in me, I need to believe in myself too.” – Devonte’ Graham on Coach telling him not to pass up open shot opportunities #KUbball pic.twitter.com/bgpscDLThM
— Kansas Basketball (@KUHoops) December 30, 2017
The 11th-ranked Kansas Jayhawks buried 17 three-point shots and then held off Texas in the final minutes Friday night, beating the Longhorns 92-86 in Austin.
In the Big 12 opener for both teams, Kansas came out firing from long distance, making six threes in the first half and 11 after intermission.
Guard Devonte’ Graham scored 23 points for the Jayhawks, who are trying to win their 14th straight conference title.
He hit 6 three-pointers (in 12 attempts). Meanwhile, Lagerald Vick scored 21 points and Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk added 20.
Both Vick and Mykhailiuk knocked downn 5 three-pointers.
Texas freshman forward Mo Bamba enjoyed the best game of his career as he finished with 22 points, 15 rebounds and eight blocked shots.
Longhorns guard Andrew Jones scored five points off the bench in his return after sitting out four games with a hairline wrist fracture.