Kansas University's men's basketball team faced a tough Washburn University team Sunday in the second of two exhibition games before starting the regular season.
The Ichabods, who nearly defeated Purdue last week, falling 81-72 on Monday in West Lafayette, Ind., gave the Jayhawks a scare early before falling, 79-70.
Keith Langford, Aaron Miles, J.R. Giddens, Wayne Simien and Christian Moody started for the Jayhawks, a slightly different starting group than the first exhibition game against Emporia State last Sunday.
The Ichabods took a quick 2-0 lead, but Giddens quickly answered with a three-pointer. Washburn regained the lead and took an 8-5 advantage three minutes in.
Kansas took a 9-8 lead a minute later, but Washburn quickly went back up by two points, 11-9, on a three-pointer by Randy Brown. Kansas closed to a point, 11-10, but five straight points by Brady Sisk and a three-pointer by Carl Jenkins extended the Ichabods' lead to nine points.
The Jayhawks fought back to a two-point deficit, 21-19, and tied the game at 21-all nine minutes into the game. The teams battled back and forth with KU taking a 24-23 lead with 8:39 left on a free throw by Miles.
Washburn tied the game at 24-all just a minute later, and the teams battled back and forth with neither able to take more than a two-point lead until Simien hit a pair of free throws for a 32-28 advantage with 4:20 left before halftime.
The Ichabods answered with a basket, but Giddens scored five straight points and a pair of Simien free throws gave KU a 39-30 lead. The Jayhawks then battled to a 42-37 halftime advantage.
The teams continued a fierce battle early in the second half, but KU never gave up the lead. The Jayhawks extended their lead to a game-high 13 points, 67-54, a bit past the midway mark of the half before holding on for the nine-point victory.
Giddens had 10 points for KU, Langford had 11 points, and Moody had 10 points. Miles had 10 points and five assists, Simien had 13 points and 15 rebounds, and Darnell Jackson had three points. C.J. Giles had six points, and Michael Lee had three points. Sasha Kaun had four points, Moulaye Niang had two points, and Russel Robinson had seven points and four assists.
Travis Robbins had 12 points for Washburn, and Karlton Mims had 12 points. Kris Milburn had two points, and Brown had 13 points. Sisk had five points, and Jenkins had 12 points. Jerald Head had four points, and Harold Cade had two points. Kyle Fisher had a point, and Kyle Snyder had four points. Joe Manthe had three points.
Washburn was 25-of-61 shooting, including 6-of-16 from three-point range, and 14-of-21 shooting at the free throw line. KU was 24-of-60 from the field, including 5-of-17 from long distance, and 26-of-41 shooting at the charity stripe.
All stats unofficial.