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Men's Basketball 2012-13 coverage

Kansas defeats Southeast Missouri State, 74-55

  • 7 p.m., Nov. 9, 2012
  • Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, KS
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Notebook: Perry Ellis scores most points in a KU debut since Josh Selby

Kansas University freshman forward Perry Ellis scored 15 points in the Jayhawks’ 74-55 victory over SE Missouri State on Friday night in Allen Fieldhouse. It marked the most points scored in a debut by a Jayhawk newcomer since Josh Selby’s 21 points versus USC on Dec. 18, 2010.

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Southeast Missouri uses fast start in second half to hang with KU

Southeast Missouri State neutralized Kansas University center Jeff Withey in the second half and made a game of it with Jayhawks in a 74-55 loss on opening night Friday at Allen Fieldhouse.

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KU coach Bill Self talks after 74-55 win over SEMO

KU coach Bill Self talks after his team's 74-55 win over Southeast Missouri on Nov. 9, 2012.

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Jeff Withey, Perry Ellis and Naadir Tharpe

Kansas players Jeff Withey, Perry Ellis and Naadir Tharpe talk after KU's 74-55 victory over Southeast Missouri on Nov. 9, 2012.

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Opinion: Improved Naadir Tharpe delivers in pressure situation

Though he didn't receiver a perfect grade from his coach, Kansas sophomore guard Naadir Tharpe passed the test with the game on the line, Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan says.

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FINAL: Defense leads KU to 74-55 victory over Southeast Missouri

The Kansas men's basketball team held Southeast Missouri to 29-percent shooting in a season-opening 74-55 victory on Friday night at Allen Fieldhouse.

KU's defense was especially stifling in the first half, as SEMO made just 6 of 29 shots (21 percent) as the Jayhawks took a 32-17 halftime advantage.

SEMO closed KU's lead to 43-37 with 11:43 left in the game, but KU answered with a 21-10 run to take control.

The Jayhawks won despite making just 2 of 21 three-pointers (9.5 percent).

"I thought we did some good things considering they only shot 29 percent and we out-rebounded them (49-37)," KU coach Bill Self said. "We only turned it over 13 times and we go 24-of-28 from the free-throw line. That (typically) is going to be a 40-point game.

"There is no way you can't win that game by 30 or 40 unless you go 2-for-21 from three."

Jeff Withey led KU with 17 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks. Perry Ellis added 15 points on 5-for-9 shooting with eight rebounds, while Naadir Tharpe also had double figures with 10 points.

Ben McLemore had a balanced line, posting in nine points, 12 rebounds, five assists and three blocks to go with a turnover.

"It blows my mind that we are not an aggressive group," Self said. "We are a passive group right now, and we have to pick it up. I'll keep saying it, and I'm not going to back off of it."

KU (1-0) will play Michigan State at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Champions Classic in Atlanta.

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KU coach Bill Self press conference

Jeff Withey, Perry Ellis and Naadir Tharpe press conference

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