61.6 F
Sunday, March 7, 2021

Jayhawks Outlast Dayton in OT to Claim Maui Title

Sports Headlines

K-State Closes Regular Season With 61-56 Win Over Iowa State

Courtesy of K-State Athletics MANHATTAN, Kan. – K-State closed its regular season with a 61-56 win over Iowa...

Hanover Boys & Valley Heights Girls Advance To State Championships

Saturday sub-state championships decided as the Hanover boys take down Wetmore 74-37, and the Wetmore girls escape with a 33-32 win...

Bulldogs, Wildcats & Mustangs Advance To Sub-State Championships Saturday

Friday night semifinals in sub-state basketball saw the Hanover boys defeat Axtell 67-46, and Wetmore held off Linn 48-26 setting up Saturday championships with...

Royals Sign Outfielder Jarrod Dyson To A One-Year Contract

SURPRISE, AZ (March 5, 2021) – The Kansas City Royals announced today that they have signed outfielder Jarrod Dyson to a one-year...

Sub-State Action Continues As Area Teams Punch Their Ticket To The Championships

Thursday night semifinals in sub-state basketball saw the Hanover Lady Wildcats advance over Blue Valley 72-38, while Wetmore held off Linn 34-30. Hanover and...
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids, and graduated from Valley Heights High School in May of 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications.After stops at KFRM and KCLY radio in Clay Center, he joined KNDY in 2002 as a board operator and play by play announcer. Derek is now responsible for the digital content of Dierking Communications, Inc. six radio stations.In 2005 Derek joined the staff of KCFX radio in Kansas City as a production coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, which airs on over 94 radio stations across 12 Midwest states and growing. In 2018 he became the Studio Coordinator at the Cumulus Kansas City broadcast center for Kansas City Chiefs Football.

Courtesy of Kansas Athletics

LAHAINA, Hawaii – Career outings from sophomore Devon Dotson and senior Udoka Azubuike were enough to propel No. 4/5 Kansas past the Dayton Flyers in an overtime thriller, 90-84, and claim the Maui Jim Maui Invitational championship Wednesday afternoon inside the Lahaina Civic Center. Dotson and Azubuike combined for 60 points, the most by a KU duo in 28 years, as the Jayhawks won the program’s third Maui Invitational title.

The victory moved the Jayhawks to 6-1 on the year, while Dayton suffered its first loss of the young season, now at 5-1.

Facing an eight-point deficit with less than eight minutes to play in regulation, the Jayhawks responded with an 11-0 run over the next five minutes to reclaim the lead at 69-67. All 11 points were put in by KU’s top-three scorers of the game – Azubuike, Dotson and Marcus Garrett, as KU clung to the narrow advantage as the regulation entered its final seconds.

It appeared KU would take a 3-point victory as the second half clock wound down, but Dayton’s Jalen Crutcher sunk a deep triple, the Flyers’ 15th of the game, just three seconds before the buzzer to tie the game at 73-73. The Jayhawks found themselves headed to their first overtime of the season.

It was then when Azubuike put the team on his back in the overtime, scoring the Jayhawks’ first nine points in the extra stanza, which included a 3-point play that put KU’s lead to four points, 82-78, midway through the OT. Dayton managed to cut the KU advantage to a single point with less than two minutes to play, but back-to-back buckets from Dotson and Garrett helped increase KU’s lead back to five points, where it would eventually close out the 90-84 victory.

Dotson posted a game-, season-, and career-high 31 points via an 11-of-16 clip from the field, as well as an 8-of-10 mark from the free throw line. Azubuike was not far behind as the senior center also tallied a career-high with his 29 points. The KU duo’s 60 combined points were the most by two Jayhawks in a game since Terry Brown and Alonzo Jamison combined for 65 points in a win over N.C. State during the 1990-91 season.

Garrett added a season-high 18 points despite playing just 11 minutes in the second half due to foul trouble. The junior guard also added a team-high seven rebounds. The Jayhawks closed out the game shooting 55.6 percent from the field and connected on 20-of-28 of their tries from the free throw line.

The victory gave KU its third Maui Invitational trophy and its second in as many appearances. Azubuike and Dotson became the fourth and fifth Jayhawks to earn tournament MVP honors after Raef LaFrentz claimed the nod after KU’s win in 1996, and Wayne Selden and Frank Mason III took co-MVP honors in 2015.


Kansas returns home to host former conference foe Colorado, Saturday, Dec. 7, at 6 p.m. (Central). KU and CU were members of the Big Seven, Big Eight and Big 12 Conferences before CU moved to the Pac-12 in 2012. The KU-CU series dates back to 1931 with Kansas leading 123-40. KU is 62-7 versus CU in meetings in Allen Fieldhouse. Colorado is coached by former Kansas forward Tad Boyle who lettered at KU from 1982-85 playing for coaches Ted Owens and Larry Brown.

Kansas Headlines

Kansas Senate Republicans Swiftly Shut Door On Proposed Medicaid Expansion Amendment

By Noah Taborda - Kansas Reflector TOPEKA — Efforts to expand Medicaid in Kansas were dealt a blow Wednesday after an amendment to do just...

Legislature Moves Quickly To Spare Kansas Towns From Financial Ruin Over Gas Bills

By Sherman Smith - Kansas Reflector TOPEKA — Kansas lawmakers moved with lightning speed Wednesday to pass legislation providing $100 million in low-interest loans to...

Hearing for Proposed Adoption of Conservation Regulation

MANHATTAN, Kansas — A public hearing will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 9, 2021, to consider the revision of a regulation...

KDHE Launches Mobile Testing Unites

TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is launching three mobile testing units for COVID-19 in order to expand testing access...

Some COVID-19 Tests Come With ‘Criminal’ Prices, Experts Say, So Get Tested For Free Instead

By Celia Llopis-Jepsen - Kansas News Service A year into the pandemic, COVID-19 testing has become easier to get — just not necessarily cheaper. If you...

Kansas News Service

Some COVID-19 Tests Come With ‘Criminal’ Prices, Experts Say, So Get Tested For Free Instead

By Celia Llopis-Jepsen - Kansas News Service A year into the pandemic, COVID-19 testing has become easier to get — just not necessarily cheaper. If you...

Investigation Continues After Three Wichita Police Officers Are Injured By Possible Booby Trap

By Tom Shine - Kansas News Service Local and federal authorities continue to investigate a shooting that injured three Wichita police officers. Police said the officers...

Kansas Customers Left To Pay The Price After Winter Storm Sends Natural Gas Prices Soaring

By Brian Grimmett - Kansas News Service WICHITA, Kansas — Last February, the city of Cheney, Kansas – located just west of Wichita – paid about $2 per...

Kansas Foster Care Providers Say They’ve Gotten Better, But Critics Say They Need To Do Better

By Nomin Ujiyediin - Kansas News Service The long-troubled foster care system in Kansas got hit with yet another complication over the last year. Pandemic complications...

Ex-KU Med Center Official Pleads Guilty To Tax And Embezzlement Charges

By Dan Margolies - Kansas News Service A former administrator at the University of Kansas Medical Center pleaded guilty on Tuesday to bank fraud and...