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Stony Brook hangs tough for half, falls to No. 3 Kansas

Kansas's David McCormack (33) shoots under pressure from

Kansas's David McCormack (33) shoots under pressure from Stony Brook's Tykei Greene (4) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021, in Lawrence, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) Credit: AP/Charlie Riedel

Ochai Agbaji scored 25 points to continue his torrid start to the season, David McCormack added 12 points and eight rebounds and host No. 3 Kansas pulled away from Stony Brook for an 88-59 victory Thursday night.

Christian Braun and Zach Clemence added 11 points apiece for the host Jayhawks, who only led by six at halftime before heating up from beyond the arc. They were 2 of 10 in the first half but hit seven of their first nine threes in the second.

Kansas (3-0) wound up shooting 50% from the field for the game while committing just seven turnovers.

Tykei Greene had 11 points and nine rebounds to lead the Seawolves (0-2), who hadn’t played in nine days since their season-opening loss to George Mason.

For long stretches of the first 20 minutes, Stony Brook seemed to be making every shot it took, particularly those hoisted from beyond the three-point arc. They led by seven early and continued to keep the Jayhawks at bay through most of the first half.

It wasn’t until McCormack checked back in with about six minutes to go that Kansas finally went on a run. His bucket was followed by one from Agbaji, then the 6-10 forward followed a miss by Agbaji with another hoop before Dajuan Harris Jr. caused a steal and cruised in for a layup that forced Stony Brook to call timeout.

Calhoun retires again

Jim Calhoun, who led UConn to three national titles, has retired again, this time from Division III Saint Joseph.

The 79-year-old Hall of Fame coach, who has struggled with stomach cancer and other ailments, said his health was not a factor in his decision to leave the former women-only school in West Hartford, Connecticut, after spending more than four years helping it establish a men’s basketball program.

"It’s just the right time,"Calhoun said in a statement. "I’m healthy, my wife is healthy, and the USJ men’s basketball program is healthy. We built this program starting from scratch about five years ago, and now the team is in a good place."

Calhoun ends his career with a record of 920-397. That includes 248 wins in 14 years at Northeastern and 26 years at UConn, where his teams won NCAA titles in 1999, 2004 and 2011.

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