PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — First-year guard Gradey Dick scored a season-high 25 points to help No. 3 Kansas beat North Carolina State 80-74 in the opener of Battle 4 Atlantis on Wednesday, and gave coach Bill Self a successful return to the USA bench after a four-game suspension.

Dick had 18 on six 3-pointers in the first half before going off the field 1 for 8 after the half. Jalen Wilson added 19 points and 11 rebounds for the reigning national champions Jayhawks (5-0), who annihilated an eight-point lead at halftime and a nine-point lead in the second half before ending in the final minutes .

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