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Kansas defeats Emporia State, 88-54

  • 7 p.m., Oct. 30, 2012
  • Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, KS

FINAL: Freshmen shine in KU's 88-54 exhibition rout over ESU

By Matt Tait

Behind 15 points on 5-of-5 shooting from freshman forward Perry Ellis, the Kansas University men’s basketball team knocked off Emporia State, 88-54, in its first exhibition game of the 2012-13 season.

Ellis added seven rebounds, two assists and a steal in 16 minutes.

"He did really well," KU coach Bill Self said. "He just naturally gets the ball in the basket."

The Jayhawks were sluggish in the game’s early minutes, falling behind 10-4 and, later, 14-12 as deep as eight minutes into the first half. But KU’s size, speed and deep bench sparked a 30-7 run to close the half and, by the break, the Jayhawks had doubled up the Hornets and were well on their way to the run-away victory.

Sophomore Naadir Tharpe was a surprise starter for the Jayhawks, taking the place of Elijah Johnson, who did not start because he was "significantly late to a class" on Tuesday, according to Self. Tharpe scored all eight of his points in the first half, but Johnson eventually got into the act, as well, finishing with 12 points and five assists on 4-of-11 shooting, including 2-of-8 shooting from three-point land.

Several Jayhawks made their unofficial Allen Fieldhouse debuts in this one: Ben McLemore (11 points and 6 rebounds in 26 minutes) and Jamari Traylor (6-4-14), two players who spent the 2011-12 season with the team as partial-qualifiers but were not eligible to play, looked strong, and Landen Lucas added six points and nine rebounds in 12 minutes.

"I thought we did some good things," Self said. "We tried hard and looked pretty athletic."

Here’s a quick look back at some of the action.

The game turned when: Kansas ripped off a 20-1 run, which included a 12-0 spurt, that turned a 14-12 lead for Emporia State into a 32-15 lead for the Jayhawks. The run featured back-to-back three-pointers from surprise starter Naadir Tharpe as well as back-to-back treys from senior Elijah Johnson and freshman Ben McLemore. KU led 42-21 at halftime and cruised home from there.

Offensive highlight: With 10:42 to play in the game, senior guard Elijah Johnson elevated for a three-pointer from the top of the key that missed to the left. The bounce, however, hung in front of the rim, allowing freshman Ben McLemore to fly down the lane for the follow-dunk that delighted the Fieldhouse crowd.

Defensive highlight: With 15:36 to play in the second half, and following a timeout, freshman forward Jamari Traylor jumped into a passing lane and picked up one of his four steals. He followed it up with a two-handed, high-flying rim-rattler that won’t do anything to quiet the comparisons to Thomas Robinson.

Key stat: As expected, the Jayhawks outrebounded the Hornets, 43-23, in this one, including a 13-7 advantage on the offensive glass.

Up next: The Jayhawks will close out their exhibition schedule Monday, Nov. 5, when they take on Washburn at 7 p.m. at Allen Fieldhouse.

KU coach Bill Self postgame audio

Ben McLemore, Rio Adams and Landen Lucas postgame audio

Box score

Join the post game discussion

Live coverage (Ended October 30, 2012 at 9 p.m.)

Brian Haase

like what i saw tonight, seemed like overall they played well together, doesn't seem as chaotic as the first exhibition last year... and we all know how that turned out

Eric TheCapn

Rock Chalk Jayhawk, everyone! Thanks Jesse and Nick!

Can we find a way to hide the Twittersphere next time? It's just in the way of what we're all here for.

Chris Shaw in reply to Melrank

3.78

Brian Haase

Great game, can't wait till the next time!

Brian Haase

ROCK CHALK

Ryan_32

Stoked about how well Rio and Traylor played tonight... Night everyone.

Darin Bradley

Solid first game. Encouraged by what I saw tonight. Rock Chalk!!

Lajayhawk

Good chatting with you all. Welcome back BBall!!!!

ROCK CHALK

Wissoxfan83

GNight Jayhawks

Melrank

Rock Chalk Pancakes!

Brian Haase

Self is the next Junemann... i mean that in a good way, love cheering on the guys who put in their time at practice

FINAL
ESU 54
Kansas 88

Jesse Newell

KU closes out an 88-54 victory.

Jaybate in reply to Melrank

Well, he can start if he wants to come here.

No question about that.

Chris Shaw

Great to see everybody on the boards again! Good seeing you Jesse! See you down at the Georgia Dome! Good start to what I believe will be an exciting year! See you on the boards in the morning.

Melrank

On a scale of 1(low) to 100, what's the chances of us getting Wiggins?

Lajayhawk in reply to Ryan_32

You need to Self-ize that statement:

Probably one of the most aggressive and outright fearless guards I think we've had since I've been here... :)

Jesse Newell

Roberts gets in the box score.

Eric TheCapn

This Rock Chalk Chant should have started 5 minutes ago. Lazy fans.

Lajayhawk in reply to Jaycon11

I've been DYING for the kid to get here....

Jaybate in reply to Melrank

Yea, but we've got to have him playing at the ragged edge of his envelope on defense, so we can get his gun in. Otherwise, he really gets burned.

Ryan_32 in reply to Jaycon11

I know I am... Probably one of the most aggressive and outright fearless guards I think we've had sign in a long time....

Todd Simpson

this is AFH you don't just drive the ball like that....Someone step up on D and stop someone these guys are just missing open jumpshots

Jaycon11 in reply to Lajayhawk

man, you are psyched abt that frankamp signing, aren't you?

Brian Haase in reply to Lajayhawk

ha! agreed, i have it on my tv but it's not HD

Jaybate

Could someone please tell Tyler he needs to go to see Bill's hair stylist.

Lajayhawk

Yikes. AW3 is gonna need some time...

Melrank

III is a little reckless.

Jesse Newell

White throws that pass to Self. Bill, not Tyler.

Darin Bradley

Nice hustle by #3. Went for steal and got back to almost get the rebound

Lajayhawk in reply to Brian Haase

I'm ready to watch a game on my plasma....

Jaybate

AW3 is starting to expend some energy.

Melrank

Jayhawk Basketball and learning a new life skill along the way . . .

Eric TheCapn

A-Dub-Threeeeeeeeeee!

Brian Haase

Self!

Jaybate

There, White played a little D.

And White shows his gun.

And so we see why Self is giving White so much rope.

Todd Simpson

lol Self is in the game

Chris Shaw

The one thing we have known so early about AWII! The kid is "Fearless"!

Ryan_32

Well, White can definitely shoot... Just gotta get faster with his feet on D.

Lajayhawk in reply to Brian Powell

One * on each side gives you italics

Brian Haase

i'm eager for some real competition already!!

Jesse Newell

White with his second straight three.

Wissoxfan83

3 seems to be a good uni number for White. I'm just learning these guys, but isn't he supposed to be the new 3 specialist?

Brian Powell in reply to Melrank

and hold down the shift key if you WANT ALL CAPS :)

Jaycon11

nice to see the squad work on their html coding during an exhibition game.

Lajayhawk

5-5 from the floor and 5-7 from the line. Very solid.

Melrank

thanks

Brian Powell

two "*" on each side = bold

Chris Shaw

Anrio "The Gnat" Adams!

Jaybate

AW3 blown by again.

Brian Powell

italics = an "*" on each side

is this bold?

Lajayhawk

Nice shot.

Jesse Newell in reply to Lajayhawk

Yep.

Jesse Newell

Nice pass across the lane from Wesley. Ellis has 15 points on 5-for-5 shooting.

Jaybate in reply to Chris Shaw

I know what you're saying, but you have to be able to play defense to back up. Right now AW3 shows no defensive ability against a D2 team. He could really look bad against D1.

Lajayhawk

Is Emporia State D2?

Brian Powell in reply to Brian Haase

naturally when JW is on the bench and we don't even have to try to go through him on O --- things get quick real quick :)

Jesse Newell

Wesley took off after that free throw. ESU was shooting two, though.

Jaycon11

give garret the ball!

Melrank

Nope

Melrank

**THIS

Jesse Newell

Christian Garrett checks in.

Lajayhawk in reply to Melrank

:-)

Jaycon11

i get the vibe, when i watch lucas, of a pac-10 player stuck in a big-12 uniform. maybe one of those sec defensive ends masquerading as a forward...

Melrank

There's the swag - mid season form now.

Lajayhawk in reply to Lajayhawk

I believe two * gives you bold

Jesse Newell

Lucas' eight boards have come in nine minutes. He's a wide body.

Jaybate

Lucas suddenly looks very comfortable in the offensive flow. If he can guard the post a little against SEMSU, he may get a look against MSU. And we are going to need every big guy we've got against MSU.

Melrank

There's a magic way to do italics too but I can 't remember what it is.

Lajayhawk in reply to Trojanhawk

Yep. You can also use the * for italics

Trojanhawk in reply to Lajayhawk

Thanks, I had no idea.

Chris Shaw in reply to Jaybate

Maybe at the "1", but Rio has to hit some shots first. We've only seen 2!

Jesse Newell in reply to Trojanhawk

Pound signs do that.

Jaycon11 in reply to Jesse Newell

woah, is that a typo?

Lajayhawk in reply to Trojanhawk

Short cut to the HTML coding.

Melrank

ESU won't front our guys down low except Withey and it's making our guys look good.

03:48 left in Second Half
ESU 44
Kansas 77

Jesse Newell

Lucas has a team-high eight rebounds.

Lajayhawk in reply to Trojanhawk

You used the pound sign. It breaks out the large text

Brian Haase in reply to Jesse Newell

i was just thinking to myself "that's gonna change when D1 competition comes" I love JW so i'm not talking crap by any means just noticed it tonight

Lajayhawk in reply to Trojanhawk

Thought so. And thanks for making sure I saw it. ;)

Trojanhawk

Whoa, what's up with my font size?

Jesse Newell

Self applauds the turn-around from Lucas there. He's held his own out there.

Trojanhawk in reply to Lajayhawk

3 is White

Holidaysmore in reply to Lajayhawk

White III

Jesse Newell in reply to Lajayhawk

Andrew White III.

Jesse Newell in reply to Brian Haase

Wait till KU plays seven-footers. I have a feeling you'll want Withey in there then.

Lajayhawk

I hate this tiny internet feed.... who's number 3?

Jesse Newell

Nice turn-around move by Wesley in the lane. Very under control.

Brian Haase

Seems like we're so much faster when JW isn't in there.. and better???

05:15 left in Second Half
ESU 42
Kansas 73

Jesse Newell

Wesley makes a free throw.

Jaycon11 in reply to Jaybate

agreed. he brings this game to the next 2-3 matches and the die is cast.

Melrank in reply to Lajayhawk

Fair enough

Trojanhawk

Adams doesn't appear to be there yet on the offensive end though.

Lajayhawk in reply to Melrank

Ha. It's still early. We'll work in the video room after the game. :)

Melrank in reply to Lajayhawk

We've not gotten our mid-season swag on with each other yet :)

Jesse Newell

ESU's No. 33 was standing on the line when he touched it there. Ref missed it.

Lajayhawk

Interesting lineup........

Jaycon11 in reply to Brian Haase

that competition only helps the team, so i look forward to it.

Jaybate

Adams and EJ are a good tandem. There's some chemistry their.

Adams is beating AW3 out of first back up at 2 and he is beating out Naadir as first back up at the 1.

Brian Haase in reply to Brian Haase

and i'm saying that in the sense that self would have to choose between the two

Melrank

I was agreeing with you and hoping he's not here then.

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