No. 5 Kansas holds off stubborn Eastern Illinois

Hunter Dickinson collected 25 points and 13 rebounds to lift No. 5 Kansas to a 71-63 victory over Eastern Illinois on Tuesday in Lawrence, Kan.Dickinson made his first seven shots and finished 11-for-15.Kevin McCullar Jr. scored 18 points and K.J. Adams Jr. added 10 for the Jayhawks (6-1), who were unable to shake the pesky Panthers (3-5) until late in the second half.Kansas shot a robust 50 percent (28 of 56) to overcome a dismal performance from 3-point range (3-for-14). The Jayhawks had 11 steals and 11 blocks.Tiger Booker scored 20 points off the bench and Nakyel Shelton and Kooper Jacobi each had 14 for Eastern Illinois, which fell to 0-5 on the road this season.The Panthers trimmed a 13-point halftime deficit down to one, 59-58, with 5:04 remaining after a pair of free throws from Booker.Dickinson converted a three-point play and McCullar made a layup to extend Kansas’ advantage to six points before Shelton sank a 3-pointer to halve the deficit with 3:28 left.

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