Newman scores career-high 30 points as Kansas beats Oklahoma State in Big 12 quarterfinal

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- One and done a year ago, Kansas will stick around the Sprint Center for more than a single appearance in the Big 12 Tournament this postseason.

Malik Newman scored a career-high 30 points, Svi Mykhailiuk 13, Lagerald Vick 11 and Devonte Graham 10 (with nine assists) as the Jayhawks overcame the absence of injured center Udoka Azubuike and defeated Oklahoma State, 82-68, on Thursday afternoon in a Big 12 quarterfinal at the Sprint Center.

The victory, which propels KU into Friday's semifinal against No. 4 seed Kansas State, came just five days after OSU's 18-point victory over KU in Stillwater, Okla.

Newman, who had just seven points in Saturday's loss at OSU, hit 11 of 15 shots. He was 4 of 6 from 3 on a day KU (25-7) hit 8 of 20 3s, setting the school's season record for 3s with 319, passing last season's total of 318.

Newman scored 20 points the first half as KU led 43-42 at the break. The Jackson, Miss., combo guard hit 8 of 10 shots and was 3 of 4 from 3 in the half. OSU's Jeffrey Carroll and Yankuba Sima each had 11 at halftime. Carroll led the Pokes with 17 points for the game.

Newman scored five straight points in a 14-0 run that opened a 16-point lead, 66-50, with eight minutes to play. OSU was 0-for-9 shooting in a 7:54 stretch without a bucket in that pivotal stretch.

Azubuike's replacements fared well. Mitch Lightfoot had eight points and six boards while Silvio De Sousa went for six points and eight boards. Football tight end/hoops walk-on big James Sosinski played the final minute the first half, picking up a foul as he protected Lightfoot and De Sousa, who each had two first-half fouls.

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KU had 10 points and 10 rebounds out of the post position the first half as De Sousa went for seven boards and four points and Lightfoot six points and three boards.

Newman scored 18 of KU's first 35 points as the Jayhawks led 35-30 with 4:41 left before half. He had eight points in an 18-2 run that turned a 26-17 deficit at 10:51 into the five-point advantage, which was KU's biggest lead of the half.

OSU (19-14) had raced to an early 24-14 lead at 11:41, courtesy of a 12-0 run. Sima had four points, while Carroll and Kendall Smith had three apiece. OSU hit 50 percent of its first half shots overall and was 5 of 12 from 3. KU hit 54.8 percent and was 4 of 9 from 3.

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