By RUSTIN DODD
The Kansas City Star
• Key play: With Kansas trailing 5-4, Tarik Black came up with a steal near midcourt and finished a nasty one-handed dunk on the other end.
• Key stat: KU scored 14 of its first 19 points in the paint.
• Key play: Freshman center Joel Embiid chased down a long rebound, flipped the ball to Naadir Tharpe, and then finished an alley-oop on the other end.
• Key stat: KU had 48 points in the paint.
A better night for Tarik Black
Kansas senior Tarik Black finally played some extended minutes after averaging just three points and three fouls during the Jayhawks’ first three games. Black, a 6-foot-9 forward, had six points and four rebounds in 15 minutes.
He also sparked a 47-11 run with a one-handed dunk in the opening minutes of the first half.
“It felt real good,” Black said. “Because it was just the momentum thing, it just got everything going. That’s what sparked everything. Because I think the next play, that’s when Wayne (Selden) came down and had the two-hand dunk on the guy, and that just got everything flowing.”
Black, a senior transfer from Memphis, finished the game with four fouls, but the game was still a step forward.
“As a basketball player,” Black said, “I don’t plan on coming out every night and sitting on the sideline. And it felt good being out on the court and doing what I love to do.”
• Freshman Frank Mason led Kansas with a career-high six assists.
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