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Kansas defeats Emporia State, 109-56

  • 7 p.m., Nov. 11, 2014
  • Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, KS

Jayhawks roll in final exhibition game, 109-56

It was a slow and sluggish first half with a lot of free throw shooting, but it quickly turned into what you'd expect from an exhibition finale at Allen Fieldhouse.

The Kansas Jayhawks raced past visiting Emporia State, 109-56, to close out the exhibition portion of their schedule.

Eight Jayhawks reached double figures — Perry Ellis (13), Landen Lucas (13), Wayne Selden (12), Cliff Alexander (12), Frank Mason (11), Hunter Mickelson (11), Devonte' Graham (10) and Brannen Greene (10) — and Alexander, once again, led the way with a series of highlight-reel slam dunks that brought the fieldhouse faithful to their feet.

KU shot 68 percent in the second half.

These types of games don't always give a great indication of where the superior team is, but KU showed pretty sharp intensity and effort — especially on defense — from the opening tip and smothered ESU with size, speed and athleticism.

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

The game turned when: Cliff Alexander's monster dunk, Devonte' Graham's steal lay-in and a free-throw-line bank shot from Alexander pushed the KU lead to 42-20 with 2:02 to play in the first half. The Jayhawks led by 21 at the break and never looked back, outscoring ESU 63-31 in the second half to cruise to the easy tune-up victory.

Offensive highlight: It was subtle, but it showed two things about the transformation Jamari Traylor has made and continues to make as a player. With 6:43 to play in the first half, Traylor tracked down a loose ball on the offense end (go figure) and immediately attacked the rim. As he went up on the left side, he flashed great body control, took the foul and calmly ducked under the rim and laid the ball off the glass and in and picked up the three-point play after draining the free throw following the media timeout.

Defensive highlight: Moments after a sweet lob from Wayne Selden to Perry Ellis energized the Allen Fieldhouse crowd, Jamari Traylor kept things elevated by rising up to swat a shot attempt from ESU's Tyler Jordan. The exchange pushed KU's lead to 57-28 and further showed that, despite completely overmatching the Hornets, KU still brought plenty of intensity to the building.

Key stat: Gotta be the free throws. After hitting just 50 percent last week and feeling Bill Self's wrath because of it, the Jayhawks drained 25 of 32 charity shots on Tuesday night, good for 78 percent.

Up next: The Jayhawks officially will open the 2014-15 season Friday night at 7 p.m. against UC-Santa Barbara at Allen Fieldhouse.

By the numbers: Kansas vs. Emporia State, Nov. 11, 2014

By the numbers: Kansas vs. Emporia State, Nov. 11, 2014

Join the post game discussion

Crimsonorblue22 in reply to Bobby Nightengale

Bobby you are still bringing the luck, what about TCU fb game in sat? Senior day, colder than crap??

Pepper_bar

aaaaand DOWN COME THE GOAL POSTS!!!!!

Bobby Nightengale

Thanks everyone for joining the live blog. Come back for the season-opener against UC-Santa Barbara at 7 p.m. Friday.

fansincewilt

Boy, I hope Danny has a great year at Wake Forrest.

FINAL
ESU 56
Kansas 109

Bobby Nightengale

KU outscores Emporia State, 63-31 in the second half. Landen Lucas and Perry Ellis led the Jayhawks with 13 points as eight players end up in double digits.

Crimsonorblue22 in reply to Joe Ross

Cool, great school. Dang good fb team this year

fansincewilt

Some ESU players getting to play in Allen Field House. What an experience!

Bryce Landon

MANNING FOR 3!

Bobby Nightengale

Any predictions on the starting lineup for the season-opener on Friday?

Bobby Nightengale in reply to Danr

Ha. Tough crowd.

Danr

Benton who? .... I keed

Bobby Nightengale in reply to fansincewilt

Thanks! Pinch-hitting for Benton Smith today.

fansincewilt in reply to Bobby Nightengale

Enjoying the commentary from Nightengale.

Bobby Nightengale

Josh Pollard is set to check in for Landen Lucas after his free throws.

Bobby Nightengale

Tyler Self, Evan Manning, Landen Lucas, Christian Garrett, and Hunter Mickelson are on the court for KU.

03:53 left in Second Half
ESU 46
Kansas 100

Bobby Nightengale

Walk-ons are now checking into the game.

Danr

Not so much right there with lucas

Joe Ross in reply to Crimsonorblue22

I went to HCC for a year.

Danr in reply to Crimsonorblue22

Agree. Lucas too

Crimsonorblue22 in reply to Danr

Graham looks pretty solid too

Bobby Nightengale

KU with 56 points in the paint so far, 28 points of turnovers, and 11 offensive rebounds.

Danr

Mason, Ellis and Selden are solid... These games are to see what the others can do

Crimsonorblue22 in reply to Joe Ross

Why?

fansincewilt

I think the ones that I am excited to see is the play from Lucas and Michelson.

04:11 left in Second Half
ESU 45
Kansas 100

Bobby Nightengale

The Jayhawks have outscored ESU 54-20 in the second half. Seven KU players have at least 10 points.

Darin Bradley

96 pts with 5 minutes left in the game and people are disappointed. We have it good folks!

Bobby Nightengale

Standing ovation from the crowd as KU cracks 100 points.

Lex Valdez

100

Bobby Nightengale

Mickelson, Graham, Oubre and Svi all set to check into the game.

Sebastian Sanchez in reply to Bobby Nightengale

Not necessarily disappointed, but Oubre is not as good as expected, also Perry and Selden def showing up on the second half, but if they're going to be the leaders they need to go strong from the get go, not sure if they can be consistent all season long, ceirtanly hope so

Bryce Landon

PERRY

Bobby Nightengale

Kansas head coach Bill Self has words for Kelly Oubre during a team huddle during the first half on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014.

Kansas head coach Bill Self has words for Kelly Oubre during a team huddle during the first half on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. by Nick Krug

Darin Bradley

Joe they may not see the $$ but they're on TV state wide, largest crowd they'll see all year, " and get to test their skills against future NBA players. "Maybe" that helps soften the blow :)

Crimsonorblue22

Good hustle Selden!

fansincewilt

Gotta hurry to get that hundred. Bench clearing coming up shortly.

Crimsonorblue22 in reply to Joe Ross

Hutch

Bobby Nightengale

Anyone disappointed by anybody's play today? Outside of sloppy play in the first 10 minutes of the first half, KU has looked solid on both ends of the floor.

Crimsonorblue22

Mason has played well to. We got some shooters

Joe Ross

Crimson...where are you from?

Bryce Landon

MASON

Danr in reply to Bobby Nightengale

Cliff (raw), Svi and Michelson

fansincewilt in reply to Bobby Nightengale

Happy to see the great play from the freshmen. It's also good to see Selden and Ellis stepping their game up. Lucas and Mickelson are also impressing. They are going to have to get used to the up tempo defensive scheme Self seems to be hinting at. It appears he was not happy with some of the results last year.

Crimsonorblue22 in reply to Joe Ross

I know!

Bobby Nightengale in reply to Sebastian Sanchez

I agree with Devonte. Doesn't look like a freshman out there.

Joe Ross in reply to Crimsonorblue22

Maybe. Id just find it hard to live that kind of loss down. Besides, the players dont feel any of that money. I dont know.

Darin Bradley in reply to Joe Ross

Yes. I think it does.

Crimsonorblue22

I watched Shawn vandiveer play at hcc, he was really good and quality person!!

Tdscpa in reply to Bryce Landon

Only 3 or 4 until the "walk-ons" walk on.

Crimsonorblue22 in reply to Joe Ross

I think so, plus the honor of playing at AFH

Sebastian Sanchez in reply to Bobby Nightengale

Devonte, he's been quieter this second half, but still showing some promising playmaking abilities, Mickelson, Svi are also better than I expected

Crimsonorblue22 in reply to Bobby Nightengale

So hard! The big guys have done better than I thought, Mari plays hard, graham looks good.

Joe Ross

Is the demoralization that occurs when a school like ESU plays KU outdone by the money the smaller school receives?

Bryce Landon

86 KU points and well over 7 minutes to play. No excuse not to exceed 100 tonight.

07:57 left in Second Half
ESU 42
Kansas 86

Bobby Nightengale

The Jayhawks are shooting 70 percent in the second half (14-for-20), including 3-for-4 from downtown.

Bobby Nightengale

Svi drains his first three-pointer with 8:41 left in the 2nd half.

Bryce Landon

SVI FOR 3

Bobby Nightengale

Kansas guard Devonte Graham gets wide-eyed as he chases a ball knocked away from Emporia State guard Perryonte Smith during the first half on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014.

Kansas guard Devonte Graham gets wide-eyed as he chases a ball knocked away from Emporia State guard Perryonte Smith during the first half on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. by Nick Krug

Bobby Nightengale

Who has impressed everyone the most today?

Bobby Nightengale

Kansas forward Hunter Mickelson grabs an offensive rebound over Emporia State guard Tyler Jordan during the first half on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014.

Kansas forward Hunter Mickelson grabs an offensive rebound over Emporia State guard Tyler Jordan during the first half on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. by Nick Krug

Bobby Nightengale

Oubre, Alexanders, Svi, Graham and Mickelson on the court for KU.

Bobby Nightengale

Kansas players Landen Lucas, left, and Frank Mason react to a push called against Mason during the first half on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014.

Kansas players Landen Lucas, left, and Frank Mason react to a push called against Mason during the first half on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. by Nick Krug

Sebastian Sanchez

Lucas looks improved, but Emporia's size def helps...

Bobby Nightengale

Kansas forward Perry Ellis defends against a pass from Emporia State guard Terrence Moore during the first half on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014.

Kansas forward Perry Ellis defends against a pass from Emporia State guard Terrence Moore during the first half on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. by Nick Krug

11:35 left in Second Half
ESU 38
Kansas 76

Matt Tait KUsports.com staff

fansincewilt

Graham is perfect for a Bill Self team.

11:41 left in Second Half
ESU 38
Kansas 75

Bobby Nightengale

KU is shooting 11-for-13 from the field in the second half and have outscored Emporia State, 29-13. Perry Ellis with 9 points and Cliff Alexander with 8 in the second half.

Bobby Nightengale in reply to Bryce Landon

If he did, they definitely responded how he wanted.

Matt Tait KUsports.com staff

That's Lucas' third trip to the line for a three-point play tonight… Post moves look much improved & stronger…

Bryce Landon in reply to Bobby Nightengale

How much you wanna bet a Bill Self @$$-chewing had something to do with it?

Bobby Nightengale

Cliff Alexander making up for lost time in the first half, now has team-high 12 points and four rebounds.

Bobby Nightengale

Hard to believe KU looked sloppy early in the game. Rolling on all cylinders now.

Bryce Landon

CLIFF ALEXANDER IS DOMINATING!!!!!!!!!

Bryce Landon

SELDEN TO ALEXANDER!

fansincewilt in reply to Sebastian Sanchez

Greene is taller but Selden is stronger.

Rodney Crain in reply to Bobby Nightengale

sorry but I am just not impressed with Perry.

Bryce Landon

SELDEN FOR 3!

fansincewilt

This five looked pretty good together.

fansincewilt

Thank you, Perry.

15:04 left in Second Half
ESU 35
Kansas 62

Bobby Nightengale

Jayhawks shooting 5-for-7 to open the second half. Perry Ellis leads with 11 points, while Brannen Green has 10.

Sebastian Sanchez

When Selden and Greene play together, who's the 2 and who's the 3?

fansincewilt

Where did that guy come from or where was he.

Bobby Nightengale in reply to Rodney Crain

Making plays everywhere on offense. Smart passes, shots, screens. Now with team-high 11 points.

Bryce Landon in reply to fansincewilt

A certain man from Edmond, Oklahoma. :)

fansincewilt in reply to Bobby Nightengale

I think he heard from someone other than us.

Rodney Crain in reply to Bobby Nightengale

huge?

Bobby Nightengale

Ellis must have heard some of you at halftime. Huge start to the 2nd half.

Bryce Landon

PERRY

Joe Ross in reply to fansincewilt

Yes, much more active. Too early to be concerned about anyone's play so far, really.

fansincewilt

Great assist from Perry.

fansincewilt

Wow. Ellis having a wonderful start in the second half.

Bobby Nightengale

Kansas guard Frank Mason pulls up for a shot after a foul from Emporia State guard Micah Swank during the first half on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014.

Kansas guard Frank Mason pulls up for a shot after a foul from Emporia State guard Micah Swank during the first half on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. by Nick Krug

Craig Colgin

Id love a link that actually works

fansincewilt

Nice screen from Perry on that Selden dunk.

Bobby Nightengale

Selden opens the second half with a dunk, assisted by Mason

Bryce Landon

MASON TO SELDEN

Joe Ross

Love to see dunks.

20:00 left in Second Half
ESU 25
Kansas 46

Bobby Nightengale

Greene, Mason, Ellis, Traylor and Selden are on the court to start the second half.

fansincewilt in reply to Titus Canby

Hunter and Landen got a lot of time in the first half.

Jmfitz85

Whoever told me to download zenmate ... You sir are a genius!

Sebastian Sanchez in reply to Aiden Ballinger

http://ifirstrowus.eu/watch/297860/1/watch-emporia-state-vs-kansas.html (bunch of pop ups, watch out for em, but it works)

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