Junior forward Dedric Lawson recorded 25 points and 11 rebounds Thursday as No. 4-seeded Kansas trounced No. 13-seeded Northeastern 87-53 in the Midwest Regional of the NCAA Tournament at Salt Lake City.
The Jayhawks (26-9) extended their streak of first-round wins to 13 while beginning their 30th consecutive NCAA appearance, a tournament record.
Kansas - No - Auburn - Winner - New
Kansas advanced to play No. 5 Auburn, a 78-77 winner over New Mexico State.
Lawson, a 6-foot-9 transfer from Memphis, often played as the big man in a four-guard lineup that often beat Northeastern off the bounce for easy buckets at the rim. The double-double was the 21st of the season for Lawson.
Post-ups - Lawson - Drives - Teammates - Advantage
Post-ups by Lawson and drives by his teammates accounted for a 50-16 advantage in the paint.
Kansas also was stingy defensively, holding the Huskies (23-11) to 28.1 percent shooting. Their leading scorer, senior guard Vasa Pusica, was limited to one basket through the first 29 minutes.
Pusica - Points - Average - Shooting - Junior
Pusica finished with seven points (10 below his average) on 2-of-13 shooting. Junior guard Jordan Roland paced Northeastern with 12 points.
A 10-0 run stretched a 12-point halftime lead into a 47-30 advantage with 14:50 remaining.
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