The Jayhawks, on Wednesday, for the second straight game tried to penetrate a pesky 2-3 zone. KU followed its 76-60 victory over Syracuse and Jim Boeheim's 2-3 zone Saturday with a loss against Mike Hopkins' Washington version of the 2-3. Hopkins, a Syracuse grad, worked for Boeheim the last 22 years at the former Big East/current ACC school.
The Jayhawks struggled the first half in hitting 46.7 percent of their shots, while missing 7 of 9 3s. Five players picked up two fouls apiece in the half, including Azubuike and Mitch Lightfoot, who played seven and five minutes respectively in the half. Graham had three points the first half on 1-of-5 shooting. He was 1 of 3 from 3.
Vick scored 12 points the first half on 4 of 11 shooting. He was 0 of 2 from 3 and hit 4 of 5 free throws, KU's only free throws of the half attained against the zone.
Dickerson had eight points, 10 rebounds and four assists in 15 minutes the first half for Washington. Nowell had 10 points and Thybulle nine as Washington hit 43.8 percent of its first-half shots and 4 of 11 3s. KU hit 4 of 8 free throws for the game to Washington's 7 of 15.
KU will next meet Arizona State at 1 p.m. Sunday at Allen Fieldhouse.
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