By RUSTIN DODD
Tribune News Service
LAWRENCE, Kan. -- The decisive run came with Frank Mason drilling floaters, and Hunter Mickelson blocking shots, and Kelly Oubre making 3-pointers.
It was late in the second half on Saturday afternoon inside Allen Fieldhouse. Lafayette coach Fran O'Hanlon kept signaling timeout to the officials, and the Jayhawks kept coming, wave after wave, productivity born from the deepest pockets of the Kansas bench.
The 11th-ranked Jayhawks beat up Lafayette 96-69 on Saturday, and for the most part, this was not unexpected. Kansas was rested after a six-day break for final exams, and motivated to run their winning streak to eight games after surviving brutal nonconference stretch in late November and early December.
But perhaps this was not exactly the expected method of dominance. Oubre finished with a career-high 23 points and 10 rebounds while making just the second start of his career. Mason blitzed Lafayette with 14 points and nine assists. And Mickelson, a little-used forward who had spent most of the season buried on the bench, notched eight points and seven rebounds in 18 minutes off the bench.
Mickelson even swatted two shots.
The Jayhawks, who led just 59-52 with 11:40 left, finished the afternoon with a torrid stretch of offense, pushing the lead to 30 points in the final minutes.