LAWRENCE, Kan. -- A lifelong Kansas basketball fan, Mitch Lightfoot is now 1-0 as a starter as a Jayhawks hoops player.
Lightfoot, a 6-foot-8, 210-pound sophomore forward who was born in Kansas City, then moved to Arizona when he was 6 years old, scored six points and grabbed four rebounds while playing 22 minutes in KU's 71-64 victory over TCU on Tuesday night at Allen Fieldhouse.
Opening in place of junior guard Lagerald Vick, who scored 10 points in 29 minutes, Lightfoot came out a winner while making his first collegiate start in 50 career games.
Devonte Graham contributed 24 points with five assists and six rebounds, Udoka Azubuike had 16 points, 11 rebounds and Marcus Garrett scored 10 points as the 10th-ranked Jayhawks (19-5, 8-3) bounced back after Saturday's home loss to Oklahoma State.
Kouat Noi had a career high 17 points and Vlad Brodziansky had 15 points and eight boards for TCU (16-8, 4-7), which fell to 2-16 all-time against KU and 0-7 in Allen.
KU survived an off scoring night by Svi Mykhailiuk, who had one point on 0-for-2 shooting in 36 minutes. Malik Newman had six rebounds, five assists and four points in 33 minutes for the Jayhawks.
The game was tied at 52 when Azubuike hit one of two free throws and Vick made a bucket to give KU a 55-52 advantage at 9:57.
Vick hit two free throws and Graham a 3-pointer and KU led 60-54 at 6:07. However, a 6-2 TCU run cut the gap to 62-60 at 4:16. A pair of free throws by both Vick and Azubuike gave KU a 66-60 lead at 2:47.
It was 66-62 KU when Graham missed two free throws with 43.9 seconds left. Graham returned to the line at 30.6 to make one of two and KU led 67-62. Then, Newman went to the line with 15.8 seconds left and hit two free throws to give KU a resounding 69-62 advantage.
Alex Robinson scored with 10 seconds to make it 69-64, but it was too late for the Horned Frogs.